Job Announcement: Joint Education Project (JEP) – YSP Teaching Assistant

Joint Educational Project (JEP)– YOUNG SCIENTISTS PROGRAM
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YSP Teaching Assistant

JEP is searching for two undergraduate students pursuing degrees in the sciences with at least one year to commit to the Young Scientists Program (YSP). The YSP Teaching Assistants will be placed at five elementary schools in our immediate USC community to teach hands-on science lessons that will support teachers and students in science education.

This position requires:

  • An interest in science education;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Strong organization skills;
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and responsibilities;
  • A self-starter, able to take initiative and work independently;
  • 5 hours per week available to dedicate to the position (pay rate $10/hour);
  • Attendance at regular staff meetings.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Presenting meaningful, hands-on science lessons that will be implemented in the at assigned school;
  • Organizing and maintaining the Science Lab Materials at the school;
  • Assisting classroom teachers and students with science activities to promote the development of science education;
  • Other responsibilities which match specific program needs.

To apply, contact Tina Koneazny:
Deadline to apply: Friday, September 5th, 2014

Global Environmental Microbiology (GEM)


The University of Southern California’s Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI), funded by the NSF, offers an all-expense paid four-week intensive introductory course, Global Environmental Microbiology (GEM). This course focuses on microbes found in aquatic environments.

Where: University of Southern California
When: July 7 – August 1, 2014
Who: Undergraduates from 2 or 4-year colleges
Cost: FREE, including travel, plus modest stipend

How to apply:

Important dates

Application Opens: December 1, 2013
Application Deadline: February 7, 2014
Course: July 7 – August 1, 2014

Note: First generation college, women, and under-represented students encouraged to apply

Additional information:

Cynthia Joseph at

New Course Math for 499 (no math prerequisite)

Math 499 The Foundations of Mathematics and the Acquisition of Mathematical Knowledge Spring 2014

Why is addition commutative but its ‘inverse’ subtraction is not? Why is a equal to a÷b? b

Whyis a ÷c equalto a ×d? Whyisthisstilltrueevenifa,b,canddaren’tintegers? bd bc

What does e + π mean and how can we evaluate it? What is the difference in the meaning of the equals sign between x2 −1 = 0, x2 −1 = (x−1)(x+1), (x2 −1)/(x−1) = x+1 and √x2 = x? What does it mean for a line to be straight? Are there lines that are not straight? In Math 499 we will be addressing these questions and more!

In this class we will explore the foundations of mathematics and how we acquire and process mathematical knowledge. We will revisit K-12 mathematics from the point of view of a mathematician. We will explore the roles of metaphors, models, and definitions. We will discuss the use of symbols and see that even in mathematics their meanings are often contextual. We will compare and contrast proofs and convincing arguments and think about the roles they play in developing and understanding mathematics. We will discuss the relationship between mathematics and our physical world and how we use mathematics to understand the physical world. We will consider various algorithms common in K- 12 mathematics and discuss why and how they work. We also will read and discuss the literature on how K-12 mathematics is taught and how we learn and process that knowledge. Throughout the semester, you will also the opportunity to observe and participate in classes at AUGUSTUS HAWKINS High School. This is a new school with a modern curriculum implementing an initiative called the Algebra Project.

This class has no prerequisites. In particular, it is not necessary to have taken any college level math classes; you are only expected to know how to count (albeit fairly well!). However, students must be willing to engage with the material at a mathematically sophisticated level. There will be very little lecturing. There will be a lot of discussion, group work, and both oral and written presentations. This class will be valuable for math majors, anyone with an interest in teaching mathematics, and sociology and psychology majors interested in the science of learning.

David Crombecque


Mathematics Department

Course offering: has a service learning component

relevant majors: mathematics, sciences, psychology, sociology,


Let’s Get Started: CV Workshop for Juniors & Seniors


Tired of trying to translate your research experiences into a CV?  Bring your laptop with your current CV or résumé.  USC SACNAS Chapter will provide best practices and tips, then graduate students and USC staff will help you write it!  This is a working workshop!

Let’s Get Started:  CV Workshop for Juniors & Seniors

November 19, 2013

4:00 – 5:00 pm

THH 102 (Taper Hall)

Please RSVP at:

SACNAS Careers in Research Workshop Series

Workshops for undergrads interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics

Thinking Ahead:  Could I be a Researcher?

A SACNAS Careers in Research Workshop

October 29, 2013

4:00 – 5:00 pm

THH 102

Sponsored by the USC SACNAS Chapter, this workshop features a panel of USC researchers explaining the importance of research in society and sharing their paths into the sciences.  This is the first of a series of professional development workshops called Careers in Research designed to expose students to research.

SACNAS, the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science, is an inclusive organization for all people and all disciplines dedicated to promoting academic excellence and mentoring students to advanced degrees in STEM fields.   The goal of the USC SACNAS Chapter is to create a community at USC for all students in all disciplines interested in research.

Students can register at this link:



Fall 2013 Career Fair


The Fall 2013 Career Fair is here!  Each year, more than 400 organizations seeking to employ USC students from diverse disciplines attend our career fairs. All students are encouraged to attend and explore the wide variety of internship and full-time employment opportunities that are represented:

Thursday, September 19, 2013
10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Trousdale Parkway

Part-time, Full-Time, and Internship positions available from over 150 companies.  Log-in to connect SC for more information.

Dress to impress!  Bring your resume.

ENST Catalina Semester Pre-Application and Info

The USC Dornsife Environmental Studies Program Catalina Sustainability Semester is a situated learning experience for students that are majoring and/or minoring in either environmental studies or biology. Recommended preparation includes completion of ENST 100 or BISC 120L. Students will learn about coastal ecology and management through scientific diving, laboratory and field studies, and personal interaction with marine managers and scientists, while simultaneously gaining a better understanding and appreciation for the Southern California coastal environment.

Students enrolled in the Catalina Sustainability Semester will live and study at the USC Wrigley Marine Science Center for the entire semester (weekend transportation to the mainland is generally available). Rates for room and board are comparable to those on the University Park Campus. Courses are offered in a block format in which a single class meets on a daily basis (i.e., Monday through Friday, although participation in some weekend activities may be required). Each course will run for approximately four weeks,after which another class will take its place (four courses total; see below for details).

Course participants are expected to become scientific diver certified in accordance with the standards of the American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS). As part of this training, the USC Dive Safety Officer or his designee will require each student to submita completed medical history and dive physical examination. Students will be assessed for water safety and ability to perform ecosystem measurements underwater