Research Assistant Position

We are looking for new undergraduate research assistants to aid in research tasks focusing on social and health consequences of drug use.  This is a paid part-time position through the USC School of Social Work and would include assisting with research tasks, such as data entry, literature reviews, and basic data analysis. Those with statistical or qualitative analysis experience are encouraged to apply. Spanish speakers are not required, but preferred.  If interested, please send a completed application and resume to erikague@usc.edu.

Global Environmental Microbiology (GEM)

CDEBI

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: http://www.darkenergybiosphere.org/education/undergrads/undergradscourse.html

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 cynthijr@usc.edu.

Undergraduate Research Opportunity

Interested in gaining valuable experience in a research lab?

Looking for a strong letter of recommendation?

The Town lab is looking for motivated undergraduate students who are interested in gaining lab experience as a research assistant. Our lab focuses on the interface between two main systems of the body, the central nervous system and immune system. More specifically, our lab is interested in the innate immune system in Alzheimer’s disease. There are projects focused on immune drug deliveries in Alzheimer rats, immune reactions to neural stem cell engraftments, and the basic cellular biology of microglia (the resident immune cells of the brain).

Freshmen and sophomores looking for multiple years of experience are highly encouraged to apply. Juniors with lab experience are also encouraged to apply. Animal handling experience is a bonus. Drosophila experience is also a bonus. We are asking students to dedicate at least 15 hours per week.

If you are interested, please send an email with a one paragraph description of your reasons for wanting to join the Town lab along with your CV to Allan Jensen allanjen@usc.edu

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

Lecturer

Mathematics Department

crombecq@usc.edu

Course offering: has a service learning component

relevant majors: mathematics, sciences, psychology, sociology,

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BISC 499: Introduction to Genome Science

Characterizing the sequence, function, and evolution of genomes is a central focus of modern biology. In this course, we will learn about the core questions and methods of genome scientists. We will discuss techniques for comprehensively examining organisms at the levels of DNA, RNA, proteins, and metabolites. We will also talk about how this information is used to determine the molecular basis of phenotypes, such as evolutionary adaptations, crop improvements, and human disease. Lastly, we will spend time on the relationship between genomics and synthetic biology, which is a field that seeks to engineer new features into existing organisms or build new organisms based on present knowledge. The goal of this course is for students to walk away conversant in modern genomics techniques and the biological problems genome researchers hope to solve.

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

SACNAS USC

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:  http://bit.ly/16howD1

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. http://sacnas.org/   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:

https://usccollege.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0fBx5mv0v7bs10w

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Fall 2013 Career Fair

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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.

careers.usc.edu

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

Explore@4

Explore@4 is a series of interactive panel discussions designed to help students explore popular career paths with industry professions in an informational setting.

All Explore@4 panels take place from 4:00 – 5:30 PM (w/exception)

Fall 2013  Career Panels:

9.9 Careers in technology for Non-Techies @ Trojan Presentation Room – STU B3

9.10 Language Careers @ Trojan Presentation Room – STU B3

9.11 TIS Bulge Bracket Investment Banking Panel – @ Davidson Conference Center (7:00 – 9:00pm)

9.12 Economics and Math Careers @ Tutor Campus Center 351/352

9.24 Health Careers without an MD @ Tutor Campus Center 227

9.25 Careers for Foodies @ Trojan Presentation Room – STU B3

9.26 Consulting @ Tutor Campus Center 351/352

For more information: careers.usc.edu

BISC 587- Communicating Ocean Sciences to Informal Audiences (COSIA)

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Work-Study Needed for Summer in Marine Bio Lab

A USC Marine and Environmental Biology lab wants to hire an undergraduate work-study for the summer. The schedule would be for 8-10 hours per week, M-F during normal working hours (8:30am-5pm). The tasks include basic lab maintenance such as washing glassware, equipment upkeep, making reagents, aliquoting reagents, refilling pipet tip boxes etc. Depending on prior experience, other lab tasks including running agarose gels, making standard curves, and field collection opportunities will be possible. Interest in microbial ecology or molecular ecology is encouraged.

To apply, please contact

Cathy Roney

croney@usc.edu

213-740-5759