Louise Kerckhoff Prize 2014-2015 for the best paper written in the area of Gender Studies

The Louise Kerckhoff Prize has been established for the purpose of awarding annual prizes for the best graduate and undergraduate papers in Gender Studies. Prizes of $200 for graduate students and $100 for undergraduates will be awarded; up to two awards will be made in each category.

Papers may have been written for classes in any school or department at the University of Southern California but should deal with subjects that are the focus of the USC Gender Studies Program: women’s studies, men’s studies, gay/lesbian studies, or the theoretical study of gender. Papers may have been written for course work or as part of a thesis or dissertation.

Undergraduates: If the paper was written for a class, consult the professor regarding revisions before submitting it for prize consideration. Carefully proofread the paper. The paper should be no more than 20 pages in length. All papers should have been written during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Graduate Students: A chapter from a thesis or dissertation (either in progress or approved within the last 12 months) may be submitted. It should be no longer than 30 pages and should be accompanied by a one- to three-page abstract of the full thesis or dissertation. Do not send the full thesis or dissertation. All submissions should come from the 2014-2015 academic year.

DEADLINE: June 1, 2015

To submit a paper:

  • Please send the paper to jeannew@usc.edu as a pdf document.
  • Include author’s name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address on the pdf document.
  • If the paper was written for a class, the name and number of the class and the name and department of the instructor should be included on the pdf document.
  • If the paper is part of a thesis or dissertation, the name of the department, the faculty advisor, and the graduate committee members should be included on the pdf document.
  • A letter from a faculty member assessing the value of the paper would be helpful but is not required. (Letters should be sent to jeannew@usc.edu)

Questions? Please contact Jeanne in the Gender Studies office, jeannew@usc.edu, tel: 213-740-2792

JOUR 375/COMM 372/SWMS 371: The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture

The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture

If you love film or television or videogames or any part of popular culture, this is the class for you.

Together we explore the impact of conflicting images of the journalist in popular culture on the American public’s perception of newsgatherers in the 20th and 21st centuries. The public takes its images wherever it sees and hears them and in the end, it really doesn’t matter to the public if these images are real or fantasy, true or false. The reality is that few people ever witness a journalist in action. They rarely visit a newspaper or magazine office or a broadcast newsroom or any other place where journalists work to report the news of the day. Yet they have a very specific idea of what a journalist is and what he or she does because they have read about journalists in novels, short stories and comic books, and they have seen them in movies, TV programs, plays, and cartoons. The public bases its impressions and understanding of the news media on these images.  This class explores why this is so.

“The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture” also explores the history of journalism, diversity and gender description in journalism, and offers the student a unique experience in media literacy and the understanding of how the news media work.

The instructor, Joe Saltzman, is an award-winning professor of journalism and communication at USC Annenberg for more than 47 years. An experienced multimedia journalist, Saltzman is also director of the IJPC, a project of the Norman Lear Center and for 20 years has studied the image of the journalist creating this new academic field.

His new book, Heroes and Scoundrels: The Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture (written by Matthew C. Erhlich and Saltzman) was released by the University of Illinois Press in April 2015 and is already considered the definitive book on the subject.

The IJPC Database and web site have long been the definitive resources on the image of the journalist in popular culture.

Cancer Research Internship at the Keck School of Medicine of USC

Cancer Research Internship
Keck School of Medicine of USC
GWAS of Colorectal Cancer in Hispanics

The GWAS of Colorectal Cancer in Hispanics is a NIH-funded, population-based, case-control genome-wide association study (GWAS) that will investigate the genetic risk factors for colorectal cancer in Hispanics. We plan to recruit 2,500 Hispanic men and women diagnosed with colorectal cancer using population-based cancer registries in California. We are seeking students as interns to assist in patient recruitment and interviews. We are looking for motivated students interested in becoming involved and making an impact in our cancer research study to begin this semester. Potential applicants will play an important role by directly interacting with colorectal cancer patient participants and contributing to the first study of its kind in the Hispanic population.

Duties will involve:

  • Attending and participating in training sessions and meetings
  • Initiating contact with potential study participants
  • Scheduling participants for interviews
  • Conducting thorough and detailed study interviews in English and Spanish (by telephone)
  • Entering data clearly and completely into a tracking database
  • Maintaining study documents
  • Other duties as needed
  • Commitment of at least 10 hrs/week

Current full or part-time USC student; have general computer knowledge; be flexible, organized, reliable and dependable; detail-oriented; excellent personal and telephone communication skills; fluency in Spanish; paid position after training period.

Students should be willing to commit to at least 10 hours per week. The position will be based in the Norris Topping Tower on the Health Sciences Campus. Interns will have flexibility in scheduling and work hours will be available during weekdays and weekends in the morning, afternoon and evening. Special consideration will be given to students during university holidays, breaks and final exam periods.

To be considered for this position, please contact Ugonna Ihenacho at ugonna.ihenacho@med.usc.edu with your cover letter, resume and available days/hours.

Spring 2016 Study Abroad Application Available Now!

Greetings from Overseas Studies!


As we near the end of the school year we are excited to announce that applications for study abroad during Spring 2016 are now available. You can stop by our office in THH 341 or email overseas@usc.edu and indicate the program to which you’re applying (be sure to check minimum eligibility requirements listed in the program brochures our website). Get an early start on applications over the summer!

Please see the Application Process section of our website for more information on how to choose a program, obtain an application and for application deadlines.

Application deadlines are listed below:

  • AUG 21: Nanzan
  • SEPT 14: Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland (Dublin), Italy, Japan, Spain, South Africa, and UK (BADA, King’s, Queen Mary, UCL)
  • SEPT 28: All other Dornsife Semester Programs

Contrary to popular opinion, studying abroad for a semester will not break the bank. Financial aid travels with you and program costs are often comparable to staying here in L.A.  Plus, there are a lot of scholarships available! For a full list of scholarships, refer to the scholarship page of our website and also be sure to read our information on costs.

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Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon!
The Overseas Studies Team

Serve in local preschool classrooms! Earn Work-Study and a $1190 Scholarship

JUMPS PCCM 05-06 (1)

Jumpstart is a national non-profit organization committed to closing the achievement gap by providing high quality language and literacy education to preschool students in low-income communities. USC students are trained as teachers and reading partners, and spend 8-12 hours a week in team settings to implement a rich curriculum and engage local families and community leaders to invest in early childhood education. They earn work study as well as a $1190 Americorps scholarship.

Apply now for the 2015-16 school year at application.jumpstart.org, or email jstart@usc.edu with any questions! Spring 2015 and Summer applicants will receive priority consideration for employment.

Persian Fall Courses

Summer 2015 Persian-I (MDES-120):
May 20 – July 07, 2015
M-Th 10-11:50 am
Class: VKC 113

Fall 2015 Persian Course Offerings
Persian-I (MDES 120), M-Th, 11-11:50 am, THH 109
Persian-II (MDES 150), M-Th, 10-10:50 am, WPH 204
Persian-III (MDES 220), M-Th, 12-12:50 pm, THH 107
Advanced Persian-I (MDES 320), M-Th, 9-9:50 am, VKC 103

For more information see http://dornsife.usc.edu/persian
Instructor: Dr. Peyman Nojoumian
Email: nojoumia@usc.edu
Office: THH 449

2015 Asian Pacific Graduate Celebration

You, your friends, and family are invited to the 2015 Asian Pacific Graduate Celebration, sponsored by Asian Pacific Alumni Association, Asian Pacific American Student Assembly, and Asian Pacific American Student Services. AP Grad is the premier graduate celebration for Asian Pacific undergraduate and graduate students. Celebrate with your friends and family with cultural performances, student speakers, and FREE FOOD!
AP Grad 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Ronald Tutor Campus Center Ballroom