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

Summer Seminar in Humanistic Inquiry

New Summer Opportunity: ENGL 350

Andrew Chater, an award-winning producer for the BBC, will lead a group of USC students on an experience offered by the English and History Departments of Dornsife College.  Students will follow the trail of the Joad family in John Steinbeck’s classic novel The Grapes of Wrath from their original home in the Oklahoma dust bowl to the central valley of California, where their experiences as migrant fruit-pickers took place.  The course is ENGL 350g, Literature of California, which satisfies the Humanistic Inquiry requirement of the 2015 GE program.  A flier describing the course is attached to this email.

Summer Work-Study Opportunity in a Marine Population Genetics Lab

The Edmands lab in the Biological Sciences Department at USC is looking to recruit one or two work study students for summer 2016. Duties would include general lab maintenance, upkeep of zooplankton and phytoplankton cultures, assistance with multi-generation animal breeding experiments and assistance with DNA analyses. Applicants must be eligible for federal work-study and must submit a summer work-study application (completed by both the student and the employer) by March 31, 2016. Schedule is flexible (10-20 hours per week) and you do not need to be enrolled in summer classes. If interested, please contact Suzanne Edmands ( for more information.

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.



May 17 – June 11, 2016

Do you want to experience cosmopolitan, diverse, dynamic Africa? Its culture and its big questions? And, maybe its beaches, too?

Join this 4-Unit Problems without Passports class to do all of this and more. Explore outside the classroom and find your own path…. with global issues such as the role of the media,  economic development, immigration, gender, etc. Meet writers, journalists, interview cultural dignitaries, and collaborate with Senegalese university students.



Contact Dr. Julie Van Dam in the Department of French and Italian for more information or to apply:

SIR Paris Application Deadline Extension/Funding Available

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to spend your summer researching in Paris, and being a part of the Green Business or Immigration policy task force! More info and the application can be found on this link:

APPLICATION DEADLINE: FRIDAY, MARCH 4 either email to or submit hard copy to Katrina in VKC 301.

Application Checklist

  • Application Form (attached)
  • Personal Statement (2 page max) – stating why you are interested in participating in this program, how this program may benefit your academic interests and future career aspirations, why do you feel you are a good fit for this program, and any additional info you want to share.

There is funding available for students who need it-please contact Katrina ( for more information on how to apply.