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Friday, September 23, 2016

Dr. Steven Finkel awarded ASM award

*Photo credit: Mark Berndt, USC Trojan Family Magazine

USC Professor Steven Finkel has been selected to receive the William A. Hinton Research Training Award for 2017. This award honors outstanding contributions toward fostering the research training of underrepresented minorities in microbiology. It is given in memory of William A. Hinton, a physician-research scientist and one of the first African-Americans to join the ASM. This award is also associated with an award lecture at the 2017 Microbe meeting in New Orleans.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

University Staff Club Scholarship

Following this announcement is the flyer, application, and instructions for the University Staff Club Scholarship. The deadline to apply is Monday, October 3rd by 3:00 pm PST.

Criteria: All students who preferably, have an undergraduate degree from USC, (but not limited to) and are currently enrolled in a USC graduate program are eligible for one of the twenty five (25) $1000 scholarships. Criteria for selection include: financial need, academic record, activities, service, and future goals.

If you have any questions about the scholarship, please e-mail them to

Insight Fellows Programs

Now accepting applications for January 2017 Insight Fellowships!

600+ Insight alumni are now data scientists and data engineers at Facebook, LinkedIn, The New York Times, Apple, Airbnb, Netflix, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Uber, Seven Bridges Genomics, Twitter, Bloomberg, NBC, Microsoft, and 200+ other top companies.

Insight Fellowship:
  * 7 week, full-time, post-graduate training Fellowship
  * Mentorship from leading industry data scientists and data engineers
  * Join an active community of Insight alumni
  * Self-directed, project-based learning with support from Insight throughout the whole process
  * Tuition-free with need-based scholarships available to help cover living costs

Insight awards three distinct Fellowships:

Data Science (New York City, Silicon Valley & remote)
Deadline: October 24th
For post-docs or PhD students who will graduate by May 2017
Apply at

Health Data Science (Boston & Silicon Valley)
Deadline: October 24th
For post-docs, MDs, MD students, or PhD students who will graduate by May 2017
Apply at

Data Engineering (New York City & Silicon Valley)
Deadline: November 3rd
For post-docs or Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD students who will graduate by May 2017
Apply at

Not yet ready to apply? Sign up for our Notification Lists: Data Science, Data Engineering, Health Data Science

Questions? Email us at

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Like or Follow us in THREE weeks!

The Department of Biological Sciences will be unveiling its new Facebook page and Twitter handle on Oct. 12. All content submissions can be made to We look forward to sharing your stories and tweeting with all of you really soon!

Fall 2016 Graduate Student Luncheons

The USC Graduate School's Vice Provost for Graduate Programs, Sally Pratt invites you to attend one of the four Fall 2016 Graduate Student Luncheons.  These events serve as an opportunity to create an inclusive community for graduate students from both the University Park Campus and the Health Science Campus. You have the opportunity to talk with the Vice Provost about a variety of graduate and professional student topics that range from Diversity, Inclusion, and Access to International Student experiences to Academic Professional Development; including your own concerns and discussion items. Vice Provost Pratt is interested in hearing your news, updates, and concerns as well as what you think the USC Graduate School does well and what it can improve upon and how.

The event is open to all USC Graduate Students, and attendance will be limited to 20 Graduate Students per luncheon. Since space is limited, please remember that your RSVP does not guarantee you a seat at the luncheon. The exact location of each luncheon will be communicated through a confirmation email sent to the first 20 students, per event, who have expressed interest in the particular meeting date.

The menu for these events consists of salads, sandwiches, beverages, and dessert.

Below are the luncheon dates, and times (lunch location TBD):

University Park Campus - Monday, October 10th – 12:00pm – 1:30pm
University Park Campus - Wednesday, October 12th – 12:00pm – 1:30pm
University Park Campus - Monday, October 17th – 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Health Science Campus - Tuesday, November 1st – 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Reserve your space today: Graduate Student Luncheon with Vice Provost Sally Pratt

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Academic Careers Week - Sept. 26-29

More Information

Writing Your Cover Letter & CV - Monday, Sept. 26th, noon - 1:00 pm
Doheny Memorial Library (DML) 240
Putting together a cover letter and CV can be a daunting task. How will yours stand out among all the other applicants? Professor Rachel Walker from the Linguistics department and Professor Najm Meskati from the Civil and Environmental Engineering department will provide insight into what faculty look for when they review cover letters and CVs.
Lunch Provided
Instant Contact: How to Shine in 1 or 2 Minutes on your Interview Day - Tuesday, Sept. 27th, 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Doheny Memorial Library (DML) 240
On your interview day you will meet many people and only have a minute or two to explain to them your academic interests. This program will allow you to practice! An overview of a typical interviewing day will be presented. Following this, you will break into small groups, where you will have a chance to explain your research interests in a short one or two minute description. The members of your small group along with a USC faculty member will provide constructive comments on your short description.
Lunch Provided


Negotiating the Academic Job Offer - Wednesday, Sept. 28th, noon - 1:00 pm
Doheny Memorial Library (DML) 240
You’ve been made an offer! Now what? How does one go about negotiating an academic job offer? A panel including Dani Byrd, Professor of Linguistics & Executive Vice Dean of USC's Dornsife College; Andrew Goodney, Lecturer, Computer Science, Viterbi School; and Bruce Zuckerman Professor of Religion, Dornsife College will share their experiences with negotiating academic job offers.
Lunch Provided

Drafting Your Teaching Philosophy / Research Statement - Thursday, Sept. 29th, 12:30 - 1:30 pm
Doheny Memorial Library (DML) 241
How does one go about articulating a teaching philosophy and a research statement? How are these documents used by search committees? Professor Armand Tanguay, Jr. from the Viterbi School of Engineering will share his insights on crafting these two documents. Presented by Professor Mark Schroeder, Donrsife College & Professor Sandy Sawchuk, Viterbi School
Lunch Provided