Bridge UnderGraduate Science (BUGS) Intensive Summer Research Program now accepting applications

BUGS is cross-disciplinary research program supporting efforts that improve our fundamental understanding of the human body, or that enable new methods and technologies that can be applied toward future studies in this area. This is a broad goal that includes just about all researchers (e.g. scientists, physicians, engineers, mathematicians, artists) at USC. Ultimately, the overarching research goal of the Bridge Institute is to address the wicked hard problem of an atomic resolution understanding of the human body across time and space, enabling breakthrough discoveries to sustain health or treat disease.

BUGS provides mentored research, and weekly peer-community building activities. The Student Symposia Finale with Oral Presentations which is attended by students, mentors, family & friends has become a main feature of the program. This year’s finale symposia will be held on Saturday, August 5th.

BUGS are encouraged to participate concurrently in SURF, Rose Hills, Provost’s or other undergraduate fellowships.

Apply before April 2nd, 2017 at

The USC Wrigley Institute Sustainability Prize

Phi Kappa Phi Student Recognition Program

Info Session for New Ph.D. in Population, Health and Place

Learn about this interdisciplinary Ph.D. program jointly offered by the Keck School of Medicine USC Department of Preventative Medicine, USC Dornsife Department of Sociology and the USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute and its career opportunities in the academic, public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Applications now being accepted for the Fall 2017. An info session will be held on Friday, September 30th from 3:00 – 4:00 PM in the Allan Hancock Foundation (AHF) building, room B57J. It will also be livestreamed at


Department of History Open House Event

Thinking about becoming a History major or minor?  What about a Law, History, & Culture major?  A minor in Resistance to Genocide or the History and Culture of Business?

Join fellow students and faculty to chat about history and enjoy light refreshments throughout the day at the Department of History Open House.

 Tuesday, March 22nd from 11:00am-4:00pm in SOS 250

 Course descriptions for Fall 2016 History Courses will be available.

JEP Community Service Awards

Each year the JEP Community Service Awards are given to students that have devoted a significant amount of their time to community service projects and programs that help the University community and the surrounding neighborhoods.

These awards highlight USC’s devotion to community service and display the shared commitment to volunteerism held among members of the Trojan family.


Extraordinary Community Service Award – $1000 (graduating seniors only)

Grace Ford Salvatori Community Service Scholarship – $5000 (sophomores and juniors with Dornsife majors or minors only)

Desiree Benson Work-Study Grant – $2000 (sophomores and juniors with federal work-study only)

 For links to the on-line applications go to: . The award presentation dinner event is on April 20, 2016 and is sponsored by Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

Interested in a Career in Human Intelligence, Security or Disaster Management?

“Career Opportunities in Geospatial Intelligence”

Thursday, February 25, 2016, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Ronald Tutor Campus Center (TCC) Ballroom C/D

Meet with senior executives from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) to learn about summer internships, post-baccalaureate job opportunities, and resources available to students interested in career paths in geospatial intelligence (GEOINT). Hear their panel presentation and then talk with them in roundtable discussions.

Moderator: COL [R] Steven D. Fleming, Professor of the Practice, USC Spatial Sciences Institute


 Dr. Lenora P. Gant, NGA Senior Executive for Academic Outreach and STEM

Derek J. Davis, NGA Senior Program Manager

Kip Wolf, NGA Senior Program Manager

Benjamin Foster, NGA Xperience

Eric L. Richardson, NGA Representative, Center for Information Dominance Unit San Diego

 Kari J. Craun, Director, National Geospatial Technical Operations Center, U.S. Geological Survey

 Dr. Darryl G. Murdock, Vice President of Professional Development, United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation

These leaders in geospatial intelligence education and support are visiting USC, which is designated by the NGA and USGS as a Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) in Geospatial Sciences through the USC Spatial Sciences Institute (SSI). The CAE Geospatial Sciences program cultivates partnerships with strategic universities to develop the GEOINT workforce of the future.

To RSVP and for more information, contact Susan Kamei, SSI Associate Director, at (213) 740-1375, or email []

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is a unique combination of intelligence and combat support agencies. As a world leader in timely, relevant, accurate and actionable geospatial intelligence, it enables the U.S. intelligence community and the Department of Defense to fulfill the President’s national security priorities to protect the nation.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is a science organization that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and useable information. By integrating diverse scientific expertise, the USGS is able to understand complex natural science phenomena and provide scientific products that lead to solutions.

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) is the only organization dedicated to promoting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft and building a stronger community of interest across industry, academia, government, professional organizations and individual stakeholders. The USC Spatial Sciences Institute is a member of the USGIF, which has accredited the USC Graduate Certificate of Geospatial Intelligence.

Through its innovative interdisciplinary academic programs and research approaches, USC Spatial Sciences Institute (SSI) uses spatial and location data approaches to solve global challenges, linking new knowledge, tools, and analyses that break through barriers and produce outcomes that improve the environment, health, and well-being.