Volunteer Research Assistants Opportunities

The Director of Research Cecily Betz, PhD, RN, FAAN and Associate Director Kathryn Smith, RN, DrPH of the University of Southern California University Center (USC) for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) located at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles are seeking individuals who are interested in serving as volunteers with several research projects involving children and youth who have chronic conditions. The schedule and time commitment are flexible, although we are seeking at least 5 hours per week. The volunteer tasks vary according to the needs of the project. The volunteer may be asked to conduct literature reviews using electronic databases, compile mailings for research surveys, and input data into databases; other tasks will be dependent on the volunteer’s skill level and experience—so please feel free to apply! Even if you don’t have a lot of experience but are willing to learn, please apply. The benefits for volunteers are many, including the opportunity to work in a stimulating environment, involvement in a worthy cause, contact with professors and experienced directors, and the learning of new practical skills. A volunteer effort at our esteemed research center is a very favorable addition to a resume: individuals seeking employment in the future will gain useful work experience, and participation in respected projects that serve a noble cause is viewed very favorably by potential employers and admission committees.

If you are interested please send your resume to
Kristy Macias at kmacias@chla.usc.edu

Research positions, MCB

The Nuzhdin lab is looking for undergraduates to participate in a long-term Drosophila behavioral genetics and modelling project. Support will be given for obtaining scholarships and stipends, as well as the possibility of research for credit (Bisc 499).

The research involves several components. Fly maintenance and crosses; setting up (video) behavioural experiments; and video scoring. Training will be provided. We request a minimum 10 hours a week. Hours are flexible (mornings, evenings and weekends), as long as you coordinate, and meet your commitments. Nuzhdin lab undergraduates have been highly successful applying to scholarships and awards, and spoken at conferences and other high-profile events.

You will be welcome at  lab meetings, be exposed to a variety of molecular, whole organismal and computational techniques. You will also be encouraged to work on independent, group, or semi-independent projects. Past undergrads have gone on to medical schools, pharmacy school, graduate school and other research positions, with excellent CVs and letters of reference.

Please email Brad Foley, bradfole@usc.edu, a resume, and a short (1-2 paragraph) description of your research interests.

ChangeFire – Nicaragua Project – summer opportunity


Work in Education—Apply to Jumpstart USC today!

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 $1,175 Americorps education grant for their service! Priority deadline for the 2014-2015 school year is Friday, April 25th.

Visit jstart.org /apply to begin your application, or email jstart@usc.edu with any further questions.


USC student organization opportunity

Have an interview, case competition, or group presentation coming up in the next few weeks? Need an audience or friend to provide you with tips, pointers, and constructive feedback? Work with the student members of USC SpeechEmpowerment!

Our student coaches will happily act as a target audience and will also provide you or your group with friendly, constructive feedback to sharpen your presentation if desired.  Our members are highly qualified competitive speakers and debaters, with national level awards and leadership positions in clubs like Mock Trial and MUN.

We will listen to you as you present, anytime between 7-9PM on April 16th, 2014 in Leavey Library Basement.

Email speechempowermentUSC@gmail.com to reserve a 15-20 minute slot!

HTE@USC Event – ABC’s Shark Tank Open House

The Health, Technology & Engineering Program (HTE) has an exciting opportunity coming up! All USC students are welcome to attend.

HTE@USC – Shark Tank flyer

Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab Undergraduate Scholars Mentoring Program

The Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab Undergraduate Scholars Mentoring Program is currently accepting applications. This year-long opportunity is for an elite group of undergraduate students passionate about social enterprise to connect with a supportive group of committed individuals and receive personal mentoring from industry experts.

Dates: The deadline to apply is 5:00PM on Thursday, April 17th, 2014.

For selected students, there will be a mandatory half-day retreat on Sunday, August 24th, 2014.

For any questions regarding the application process or the program, please contact jessicbl@marshall.usc.edu, BSEL Student Programs Advisor.


West Point Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities (April 15th Deadline)

Attached is the call for submissions for West Point’s Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities. The deadline for submissions to the journal is 15 April 2014 and submissions should be sent to “the.josh.editors@gmail.com.” At this time, we are particularly interested in Op-Ed pieces, which should be 1000 words or less, but also will publish original articles, opinion pieces, and book reviews. If appropriate, please disseminate this information to your students.

Thank you and we look forward to considering your students’ work.


Nominate Faculty for the Steven B. Sample Teaching & Mentoring Awards

The nomination form for the 2014-2015 Steven B. Sample Teaching and Mentoring Award is available at http://www.usc.edu/student-affairs/parents/tma.html. The deadline to submit a nomination is Wednesday, April 9. These awards, a signature program of the USC Parents Association, are the only faculty recognition awards initiated by parent nominations and comments by their students. Faculty recipients receive a $1,000 honorarium, recognition in the Trojan Parent Perspective e-newsletter and their name inscribed on a plaque at the University Club. For more information, contact Tina Orkin at torkin@usc.edu.

Fight On!

USC Office for Parent Programs

(213) 740-2080

Cornell International Affairs Review Spring 2014


Russia, Ukraine, Egypt and Beyond: Examining European Union Neighbor Policy

As protests, revolutions, and other crises spring up throughout eastern Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa, the states within the European Union must work together to form what is called European Neighbor Policy (ENP).
IRUA is proud to host Michael Reinprecht, USC’s European Visiting Fellow, for this event. He will be discussing how the EU has formed their policy and what effect it has had on the region.

E-mail usc.irua@gmail.com with any questions!

IRUA Conferences Panel


Every year, the USC School of International Relations funds several students to attend the prestigious international relations conferences at the U.S. Military Academies in West Point, Annapolis, and Colorado Springs, as well as several other non-military conferences. Application is on a competitive basis.

Join several of this year’s recent conference representatives in VKC 300A on Tuesday, February 25, from 4-5PM, for an engaging and informative roundtable discussion on these opportunities hosted by IRUA. Hear from your peers what the conferences were like, why they went, and if this opportunity is right for YOU!

E-mail usc.irua@gmail.com with any questions!

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