USC International Center for Regulatory Science Info Session

Have you considered a career in the thriving field of regulatory science?

Do you work in the regulatory industry and want to expand your career opportunities?

The USC International Center for Regulatory Science offers Masters and Certificate programs – as well as single classes.

Join us for an information session on Wednesday, March 25, 6:30 – 8 pm, USC Health Science Campus. (Can be viewed online for those living out of town)

Career Paths

Graduates of the USC School of Pharmacy’s Regulatory Science programs are well prepared for leadership roles in the Pharmaceutical/Biotech/Device industry including:

  • Regulatory Specialists
  • Formulation Engineers
  • Quality Experts
  • Reimbursement Specialists
  • Medical Writers
  • Clinical Research Associates and Scientists

Our students are not only scientists…this diverse field needs those with backgrounds including communication, government, accounting, law, business and engineering.

Our alums are highly sought by large and small companies including Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Strkyer, FDA, Allergan, Amgen, 3M, Edwards, Pfizer and many more.

To register, please visit USC Regulatory Science March 25 Information Session.

You can also visit our website. Feel free to email us at or call at 323-442-3521

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 (

ZYGO Series—MEDICINE IN THE MEDIA: Ethical Obligations to Viewers

MEDICINE IN THE MEDIA: Ethical Obligations to Viewers
ZYGO Student Lunchtime Series on Ethics in Medicine
February 20, 2015
| 12:30-2 PM | Doheny Memorial Library, Room 241
Lunch Provided | RSVP:

Medically themed TV shows cover a wide range of genres; they include comedies such as Scrubs, dramas such as Grey’s Anatomy, and soap operas such as General Hospital—the longest-running American soap opera currently in production. Too often the scientific-relevance of treatments presented on such shows is difficult to grasp and inaccurate. Research presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting in 2010 accordingly found that 46 percent of seizure cases depicted on medical dramas were subject to inappropriate treatments.

Along these lines, American news outlets are often criticized for presenting health-related news items in a sensationalist and distorted manner. Panelists for this event will consider the relationship between health issues and their representations in the media. Do TV producers and filmmakers have any ethical obligations to accurately present medical cases? How do current depictions of health on TV and in the news impact the way viewers seek out and view medical treatment?

Moderator: Varun Awasthi, ZYGO Student Director
Doe Mayer, Mary Pickford Professor of Film and Television, USC School of Cinematic Arts, and Professor, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Armine Kourouyan, MPH, Project Manager, Hollywood, Health & Society, USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center
Lara Bradshaw, Ph.D. Student, Critical Studies, USC School of Cinematic Arts
William Reckner, Ph.D. Candidate, Philosophy, University of California, Los Angeles

Cosponsored by the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study

The USC Levan Institute engages students with the timeless values at the core of our humanity, promotes moral reflection and understanding of self, facilitates multidisciplinary dialogue, and encourages students to make a positive impact across society and the globe.

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Contact: Dr. Lyn Boyd Judson, Director

Cancer Research Internship

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 Ilhenacho at with your cover letter, resume and available days/hours.

1st Annual Southern California LGBT Health Conference

1st Annual Southern California LGBT Health Conference
Location: USC Health Science Campus, Keith Administration Building
Date: February 21, 2015
Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Facebook Event:
Registration: $5
Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Join us for the 1st Annual Southern California LGBT Health Conference at the USC Health Science Campus! Come take part in dynamic conversations and workshops facilitated by leaders in LGBT care. The conference will serve as a platform for discussion of current topics such as race issues in LGBT identification, PrEP, and many others. This year’s theme, “Coming out as an advocate” focuses on the importance of visibility and multidisciplinary approaches in advocating for LGBT health. The conference is geared towards all students, professionals, and community members with an interest in improving LGBT health.

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Pre-Health Intern Position

Join the Pre-Health Advisement Team!

The USC Office of Pre-Health Advisement is seeking a student worker to join our team beginning Spring 2015. Student workers benefit from flexible hours, competitive wages, and a supportive work environment.

Responsibilities include:
– General office duties
– Reception and customer service
– Assist advising staff with special projects

Job Qualifications:
– Currently enrolled USC Undergraduate
– Computer skills
– Strong Interpersonal skills
– Be able to work independently and efficiently in a team setting
– Must have work-study

Application deadline: Friday, November 21st

Application available in HNB 120. Please include a resume with your completed application.

Office of Pre-Health Advisement, 3641 Watt way, HNB 120
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2520 Tel: (213) 740-4844

ZYGO Series—PHARMACEUTICAL ACCESS: Global Drug Management and Underserved Populations

ZYGO Series—PHARMACEUTICAL ACCESS: Global Drug Management and Underserved Populations
Friday, October 24, 2014, DML 241 | 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM | Lunch Provided


Co-sponsored by the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics and the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study
Sucharita Yellapragada, ZYGO Student Program Manager

Jeff McCombs, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Economics & Policy, USC Schaeffer
Erin Quinn, Associate Dean for Science and Health, USC Dornsife
Heather Wipfli, Associate Director, USC Institute for Global Health and Assistant Professor, Department of Preventative Medicine and School of International Relations, USC Keck School of Medicine​

The pharmaceutical industry is frequently criticized as being focused entirely on making a profit and not truly caring for the well-being of the people. This seminar will seek to explore if pharmaceutical companies have any ethical obligations towards underserved populations, or if, like any other company, they ultimately serve as a means of improving the economy of their local community. After the Agreement of Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights was passed by the World Trade Organization in 1996, countries were able to apply for compulsory licenses through which they could produce generic copies of these drugs without the permission of the patent owner. Since 2003, compulsory license holders can also export generic drugs to other countries that lack production capabilities. Panelists will consider if compulsory licenses are an ethical obligation for pharmaceutical companies and if this system adequately gives credit to the initial patent holder.

The ZYGO Series is organized by USC students in health and medicine who seek dialogue with USC faculty across disciplines in order to increase the integration of ethical themes into their curriculum.​

zygo / ˈzʌɪgəʊ, ˈzɪgəʊ / pref. relating to union or joining