Major 2 Career Panel for Math and Economics Math Majors, minors in Math, Statistics, and Mathematical Finance

On behalf of USC Dornsife Student Special Services and the Department of Mathematics, we would like to invite you to Major 2 Career: Mathematics Alumni Panel on Thursday, April 9 at 4pm in the USC Career Center Trojan Presentation Room – STU B3. The Major 2 Career Alumni Panel provides a forum where USC Dornsife Alumni who studied mathematics and undergraduate students can come together to discuss career pathways and preparation to illustrate career opportunities available to mathematics majors.  The goal is to engage in meaningful dialogue to inform students and defuse what may be one of the scariest points in time for undergraduate students; the transition between student and professional.  Panelists include:

  • Judy Lai-Norling, BA Mathematics|BS Business Administration of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Becky Courter, PhD Mathematics, Faculty at Pasadena City College
  • Katherine Wittig , BA Mathematics | MA Education, Teacher at
  • 1-2 additional panelists

RSVP before Tuesday April 7 to guarantee a spot:
Light food and refreshments will be provided.

For more information contact:
Octavio Avila
USC Dornsife Student Special Services
(213) 740-4334
Office: STU – B1

ElevatED: STEM Pre-Teaching Society

ElevatED> 69% of high school graduates are not ready for college-level science and 54% for math
> The U.S. is ranked 23rd in science and 31st in math on international exams
> Females and minorities are under-represented in STEM fields

To turn this situation around, the U.S. needs to ensure that we have a high-impact teacher in every classroom. That is why we are forming a national STEM Pre-Teaching Society and seeking USC students who want to found their campus’ chapter.

To learn more about founding the pre-teaching society, RSVP for our info session on March 4 (6-7pm) and/or read this overview document which covers:

* Why a STEM pre-teaching society
* The mission and purpose of the group
* The resources & support provided to chapter founders

If you have any questions or would like to request more information, you can use this form or email founding president Manny Soriano directly (

As a founder of the ElevatED Pre-Teaching Society at USC, you will not only leave a legacy on campus, but also encourage the next generation of math/science teachers. We will organize seminars and internships in teaching. We plan to host a STEM enrichment after-school program for middle schoolers over spring break and we will organize a STEM enrichment day at Columbia during spring semester.

Just like a pre-law or pre-med society serves as a community of students interested in those professions and supports them to explore the profession, ElevatED enables students to explore the teaching profession to determine how they can be involved in improving STEM education and ending educational inequity.

Students at Stanford, NYU, and Columbia are forming like-minded student groups, and ElevatED is spreading to the top 100 universities.

Email Manny Soriano (

Dornsife Degrees Get Jobs! Learn From Successful Alumni

Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Location: Trojan Presentation Room (TPR), Student Union B3 (basement)

Are you trying to figure out your career choices after college? Ever wonder what you can do with your undergraduate degree?

A student’s major does not dictate their career options or possibilities. The Dornsife Advising Office will be hosting a panel of Dornsife Alumni who graduated from the college with one major and are now successfully employed in a different field. The panel will consist of alumni from a range of majors including Spanish, Economics, Psychology, Political Science, and Art History who are now working in areas such as sales, research, business, law, and management. Learn about their experiences as undergraduates and how they were able to able to make the most of their time at USC.  Discover the importance of transferable skills and how they contribute to your success when searching for a job and internship.

Problems without Passports in Dakar, Senegal

Dakar, Senegal awaits! Culture, cuisine, history, nightlife, and beaches…experience all of these while learning about and researching Senegal’s rich literary traditions and contemporary literati.

This Problems without Passports class, French 499, invites any and all students with a good knowledge of French (intermediate recommended) to apply for this unique course. After one week at USC, we will travel to Dakar, Senegal to spend three weeks with writers, publishers, artists, Senegalese university students, and the like. USC students in anthropology, comparative literature, history, global studies, IR, narrative studies, global health, ASE, sociology, and of course, French, would all gain from this opportunity. For example, if you’re interested in history, your research could focus on writers whose works rewrite and reimagine postcolonial history. Global health? Choose a novel that treats disability and/or disease in Senegal.

INFO SESSION to be held Tuesday, January 27, 3 – 4:30pm in Taper 120.

Refreshments served!

Volunteer with USC Caruso Catholic Center

Are you interested in giving back to the USC community? Are you looking for a flexible volunteer opportunity that looks great on your resume? The USC Caruso Catholic Center is currently in need of tutors for the Spring semester in all subjects! Whether it’s English, Math, Choir, or Sports we are accepting tutors during school hours and after school hours. If you are interested please contact:

New Course: Math 499: The Foundations of Mathematics and the Acquisition of Mathematical Knowledge

If you would like to reserve a spot in this course, please sign up here:

This is an extremely unique course, which will involve field experiences with high school students, lots of groupwork, and very little lecture.

In this course we will use K-12 mathematics as a conduit for under-standing the nature of mathematical thought, argument, and problem solving, how humans acquire mathematical knowledge, and how to best teach this material to children.

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 math and discuss why and how they work.

We will read and discuss the literature on how K-12 mathematics is taught and how we learn and process mathematical knowledge.

There will be very little lecturing. There will be a lot of discussion, group work, and both oral and written presentations. There will be a service learning component, in which we work with students 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.

This class will be valuable for math majors, anyone with a potential interest in teaching mathematics, and sociology and psychology majors interested in the science of learning.

Due to a glitch with the math department, the official course registration is delayed. If you are interested in taking this course in Spring 2015, then please submit your name and email here (, or email and we will notify you when you can officially register.



Teach For America Application Workshop Night

Receive insider tips and tricks for making your Teach For America application stand out from the rest! Hear directly from TFA staff and alum about what it takes to make a great candidate for the corps.

DATE: Tuesday, October 21st
TIME: 6:00- 8:00 PM
LOCATION: SAL 126 Computer Lab

Dinner will be provided for those who RSVP here:

Whether you would simply like more information on the application process or already have an application ready to send, TFA at USC is here to support you in your efforts to join the movement for educational equality. We welcome you to bring your resumes for workshopping, essay responses for editing, or even draft emails of recommendation letter requests for proofreading.

TFA application night 10-16