SCymposium 2021: Schedule of Events

April 12 – 16, 2021

Academic Programs, Academic Honors and Fellowships, and The Graduate School present the 23rd Annual SCymposium. This event provides students with the opportunity to exhibit examples of their scholarly and creative work with the university community. RSVP required for most events. Questions? Email ahfstaff@usc.edu

 


Monday, April 12 (Arts & Humanities)

Sessions hosted via Zoom. Links will be emailed 24 hours in advance of session to those who RSVP.

Humanities: Poster Session A – 10:00-11:00am PDT
Presentations from undergraduate students under the Humanities category (Exhibits HUM 01 – 04). Attendees will be able to interact with student presenters in breakout rooms. Click here for full list of exhibit details.

Research Roundtable: Black Sounds Labs: Towards a Research Practice of Intimate Presence – 1:00-2:00pm PDT
Presenters: Kumi James and Romi Morrison, USC Media Arts + Practice
For the past year and half, Kumi James and Romi Morrison co-create a praxis space called the Black Digital Studies Lab, sponsored by USC Media Arts + Practice. This multi-disciplinary experimental lab nourished their  knowledge of how black critical theory intersects with and informs various creative practices, ranging from sound, to video, to digital infrastructures. In the spring of 2021, we organized a visiting artist series called BLACK SOUND LABS—three workshop sessions exploring how different Black sound artists approach connections between race, experimental music and sound design, and theory in their practices. In this roundtable discussion, Kumi and Romi reflect on this series as a critical intervention offering alternative pedagogical models that center relationship building, critical making, and the politics of blackness. Their presentation will focus on how these workshops allowed them to co-create and share vital approaches for doing research as practice.

Humanities: Poster Session B – 2:00-3:00pm PDT
Presentations from undergraduate students under the Humanities category (Exhibits HUM 05 – 09). Attendees will be able to interact with student presenters in breakout rooms. Click here for full list of exhibit details.

Arts: Poster Session – 3:00-4:00pm PDT
Poster presentations from undergraduate students under the Arts category (Exhibits ART 01 – 05). Attendees will be able to interact with student presenters in breakout rooms. Click here for full list of exhibit details.


Tuesday, April 13 (Life Sciences)

Sessions hosted via Zoom. Links will be emailed in advance of session to those who RSVP.

Life Sciences I (Physiology, Organismal, Genetic, Neural): Poster Session A – 9:00-10:00am PDT
Presentations from undergraduate students under the Life Sciences I category (Exhibits LSI 01 – 13). Attendees will be able to interact with student presenters in breakout rooms. Click here for full list of exhibit details.

Life Sciences II (Cellular): Poster Session A – 10:00-11:00am PDT
Presentations from undergraduate students under the Life Sciences II category (Exhibits LSII 01 – 08). Attendees will be able to interact with student presenters in breakout rooms. Click here for full list of exhibit details.

Research Roundtable: “What’s the Diff?”: Examining news article updates and changing narratives during the USS Theodore Roosevelt coronavirus crisis – 11:00am -12:00pm PDT
Presenters: Alex Spangher, Amber Lynn Scott, Ke Huang-Isherwood

On the Web, words live forever. In this talk, we discuss how to use “article diffs” — differences between news article versions published online — to uncover hidden insights. Participants will learn how to scrape, visualize and analyze web data. We will also share how we used the world’s largest collection of article diffs, which we collected, to study how news outlets accepted, contextualized, or rejected changing government narratives following a coronavirus outbreak on the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

Life Sciences I (Physiology, Organismal, Genetic, Neural): Poster Session B – 1:00-2:00pm PDT
Presentations from undergraduate students under the Life Sciences I category (Exhibits LSI 14 – 23). Attendees will be able to interact with student presenters in breakout rooms. Click here for full list of exhibit details.

Life Sciences II (Cellular): Poster Session B – 1:00- 2:00pm PDT
Presentations from undergraduate students under the Life Sciences II category (Exhibits LSII 09 – 15). Attendees will be able to interact with student presenters in breakout rooms. Click here for full list of exhibit details.

Life Sciences II (Cellular): Poster Session C – 3:00-4:00pm PDT
Presentations from undergraduate students under the Life Sciences II category (Exhibits LSII 16 – 22). Attendees will be able to interact with student presenters in breakout rooms. Click here for full list of exhibit details.


Wednesday, April 14 (Physical Sciences)

Sessions hosted via Zoom. Links will be emailed in advance of session to those who RSVP.

Physical Sciences: Poster Session A – 10:00- 11:00am PDT
Presentations from undergraduate students under the Physical Sciences category (Exhibits PS 01 – 10). Attendees will be able to interact with student presenters in breakout rooms. Click here for full list of exhibit details.

Physical Sciences: Poster Session B – 1:00- 2:00pm PDT
Presentations from undergraduate students under the Physical Sciences category (Exhibits PS 11 – 17). Attendees will be able to interact with student presenters in breakout rooms. Click here for full list of exhibit details.

Research Roundtable: Preserving Communication Integrity from DeepFake Videos for A Responsible AI – 3:00 -4:00pm PDT
Presenters: Kaitai Zheng, Jianfeng Wang, Hong-Shuo Chen

The success of video-based social applications (i.e., TikTok and Instagram) show that video becomes the most popular and engaging information media. With the significant advance of AI technologies, Deepfake, one of the most popular AI applications, is developed to make believable face swaps in images and videos with few traces of manipulation. While Deepfake-based apps are attractive and popular, they can create political distress, lead to inappropriate uses of personal images and videos, and other negative social impacts. Therefore, a Deepfake detection system will be highly appreciated and help us preserve communication integrity. The presenters will introduce different research ideas to detect DeepFake videos, which can precisely judge whether a susceptive video or image is fabricated by Deepfake, and help regulatory authorities to detect and eliminate malicious uses.


Thursday, April 15 (Social Sciences)

Social Sciences I (Applied, Analytical): Poster Session A – 9:00- 10:00am PDT
Presentations from undergraduate students under the Social Sciences I category (Exhibits SSI 01 – 12). Attendees will be able to interact with student presenters in breakout rooms. Click here for full list of exhibit details.

Social Sciences II (Behavioral): Poster Session A – 11:00am – 12:00pm PDT
Presentations from undergraduate students under the Social Sciences II category (Exhibits SSII 01 – 12). Attendees will be able to interact with student presenters in breakout rooms. Click here for full list of exhibit details.

Social Sciences II (Behavioral): Poster Session B – 2:00- 3:00pm PDT
Presentations from undergraduate students under the Social Sciences II category (Exhibits SSII 13 – 23). Attendees will be able to interact with student presenters in breakout rooms. Click here for full list of exhibit details.

USC Annenberg Graduate Fellowship Research and Creative Project Symposium – 2:00- 3:30pm PDT
The Annenberg Symposium serves as the culminating event for Annenberg Graduate Fellows in the School of Cinematic Arts, the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, and the Viterbi School of Engineering. This year the Annenberg Symposium will consist of six E-Poster sessions presented on Zoom as well as additional presentations hosted on the Graduate School’s Instagram account @uscgradschool.

Whether you are an undergraduate who is considering the possibilities of a masters or PhD degree or are a current graduate student who is curious about the research being conducted by your student colleagues, the Annenberg Symposium offers a wide array of topics that are sure to peak your interest.

Social Sciences I (Applied, Analytical): Poster Session B – 3:00- 4:00pm PDT
Presentations from undergraduate students under the Social Sciences I category (Exhibits SSI 13 – 22). Attendees will be able to interact with student presenters in breakout rooms. Click here for full list of exhibit details.


Friday, April 16 (Awards Ceremony)

SCymposium Virtual Awards Ceremony  – 2:00-3:00pm PDT
The SCymposium culminates with a virtual Awards Ceremony. The ceremony celebrates all undergraduate participants and their faculty sponsors and honors the most outstanding projects. Keynote address from Provost Charles F. Zukoski.

First Prizes of $1000 and Second Prizes of $500 will be awarded to undergraduate submissions in the five major academic categories: (1) Arts & Architecture, (2) Humanities, (3) Life Sciences, (4) Physical Sciences, Mathematics & Engineering, and (5) Social Sciences. Additional undergraduate recognition may be given for Interdisciplinary or Digital Media submissions, plus awards from the USC Schwarzenegger Institute and the American Physiological Society.


Related Events 

Scholars Seminars (hosted by Trojan Scholars Society): During the week of the SCymposium, TSS will be co-hosting Scholar Seminars led by faculty members from the humanities and social science.

Monday, April 12, 5:30 – 6:30 PM (PDT)

Macroeconomic Implications of the COVID-19 pandemic | Professor James Cunningham

Professor James Cunningham is an Associate Professor of Clinical Finance and Business Economics specializing in macroeconomics and public finance. In his Scholar’s Seminar, he will be discussing the public health aspects of Covid-19 shutdowns (and their reversals as the pandemic ends) as well as the changes in monetary policies that explain why, despite massive liquidity, substantial growth and inflation failed to occur. Event link

Wednesday, April 14, 4:00 – 5:00 PM (PDT)

Native American Memory and Cultural Commemoration | Dr. Karin Huebner

Dr. Karin Huebner is the Academic Director of Programs at the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, and she specializes in historical studies. In her Scholars’ Seminar, she will be sharing her recent work on the Indigenous memory of a massacre of a Native American community during the Revolutionary War. Event link