Computer Science, Business, and Dance: How Viterbi is Helping Me Make Sense of My Passions

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Research, Viterbi Plus, Why USC, Women In Engineering

Up until I entered USC, I thought of my two main passions, dance and computer science, as two separate entities. I have been programming since my sophomore year of high school, which led me to declare a major in Viterbi, and I have been dancing since I was three, so I picked up a minor in Kaufman to keep up …

Free Trip to D.C.! Thanks Viterbi!

Nathan Alvarez Involvement, Nathan, Professional & Academic, Research, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

A few weeks ago, I capitalized on an awesome opportunity to take a free trip to Washington D.C. with three of my close friends. My flight, housing, and food was covered, all I had to do was agree to represent USC at a conference and attend workshops. The conference is called the Grand Challenges Summit, and it focuses on the …

Bamboo Research in China!

Camila Salomon Gnecco Abroad, Camila, Civil and Environmental, Research, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

Wow. Okay, this one is going to be hard to write. I feel like I could write a blog post about each individual day I spent in China, but hopefully I can sum up my trip in this one. This summer I got the pleasure of going to China to study bamboo as a structural and design material. This opportunity was thanks …

Research with Robots: My Freshman Experience

Nathan Alvarez Aerospace and Mechanical, Involvement, Major, Nathan, Research, Study, Viterbi Life, Work Leave a Comment

My freshman year, I was fortunate enough to start working in a research lab during my very first semester of college. As a part of the Viterbi Fellows program, I was exposed to various different research labs on campus with undergraduate assistant openings, and the Interaction Lab seemed the most aligned with my interests, so I emailed the faculty advisor …

Can You Get Research As A Freshman? Yes!

Celeste Goodwin Biomedical, Celeste, Professional & Academic, Research, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

One of my main goals heading into college, along with a lot of other prospective freshmen, was to do research. However, this seemed pretty unattainable, at least until I was an upperclassmen with more experience. I couldn’t have been more wrong! I ended up getting a research position in  Biomedical Engineering lab my second semester of freshman year, and I’m …

Owning It: My Experience at an On-Campus Leadership Summit

Rhea Choudhury Campus Events, Research, Rhea, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending USC Own It, an on-campus, all-day leadership summit organized by some incredible USC students. Own It is actually a national organization, centered around empowering women to become leaders in their communities and respective career fields. A friend of mine had attended a similar event at Georgetown University while doing a semester …

Tsinghua Research Exchange Program: Summer ’16

Rhea Choudhury Abroad, Biomedical, Major, Research, Rhea, Students, Study, Viterbi Life, Work Leave a Comment

Time for a brief summer update!! If I were to summarize my summer in one word, it would be crazy. We still have something like five weeks left, and I already have had some amazing experiences traveling across the United States, and even the world. Here’s what I’ve been up to so far! About three weeks after school ended, I flew …

Research: Working at the Biomechanics Lab

Rhea Choudhury Biomedical, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Research, Rhea, Study, Viterbi Life, Work Leave a Comment

Hey USC! Welcome to my little corner of Viterbi Voices, where you’ll learn a whole lot about BME, sports and food (my three favorite things). For my first post, I want to talk to y’all about my research lab- I spend something like 10 hours a week in the Biomechanics Lab under Dr. Jill McNitt-Gray, located in the basement of the …

USC by Accident, Trojan by Choice

Madelina-2016 Abroad, Best of LA, Biomedical, Campus Events, Hikes, Involvement, Madelina, Research, Service, Social & Diversity, Study, Trojan Spirit, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Why USC, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Hi folks!  When you finally settle on a college, everyone will undoubtably ask you why you chose your school. When I first was accepted to USC, I didn’t have an answer to this question. Slowly but surely, however, USC won me over and I could not be happier to be a Trojan. I was not a Trojan fan from the start. …

Life’s A Mountain… So Take the Climb!

Madelina-2016 Abroad, Madelina, Research, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all having a wonderful day wherever you are – This past week I had the opportunity to visit Indonesia as my second to last trip in Southeast Asia. It was an unbelievable experience seeing Bali, Lombok, Mount Rinjani, and Gili Air Island. Selamat Datang di Indonesia! (Welcome to Indonesia! in Bahasa) BALI  ISLAND We arrived …

The Philippines Dichotomy: Crystal Waters and Filthy Slums

Madelina-2016 Abroad, Madelina, Research, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

Maligayang pagdating sa Pilipinas! (Welcome to the Philippines! in Filipino/Tagolog) Our trip to the Philippines was one of the most physically and emotionally exhausting in many ways. Not only did we spend way too many hours on cramped ferries traveling to distant islands, but we also saw some of the starkest and most brutal poverty in Southeast Asia. When looking …

Environmental Engineering: Making an Impact

daisy-2017 Civil and Environmental, Daisy, Major, Research, Study, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

When I first heard about engineering I always associated it with building cars, designing buildings, as well as creating the next big tech device. It wasn’t until I was in high school that I first heard about environmental engineering, and I was quickly drawn to it. By definition, environmental engineering is “the branch of engineering that is concerned with protecting …

Future Career Plans: Internships and Research

ellen-2017 Computer Science, Ellen, Research, Work Leave a Comment

Hi everybody! This week we’re all sharing our different experiences with everything related to internships, jobs, and life after college.  For the past couple summers, I have been in summer school trying to make progress towards completing my double major.  This past summer, I started working on a research project because I’m looking to go into a PhD program, so …

Summer After Freshman Year: Research and Relaxation

Maria Chemical, Maria, Research, Viterbi Summer, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

This summer, I went home to Orlando for the first half of the summer, then came back to USC for summer research. My first half of the summer was really Floridian. I went to Miami a few times, and the beach, and Downtown Disney; I drank a lot of orange juice; I jumped on the Orlando City Soccer Club bandwagon. It was really nice to …

How to Get Research as a Freshman

Bethany Research Leave a Comment

One of the misconceptions many have about undergraduate research is that you have to have taken a bunch of classes and be an upperclassman to even get a spot in a lab. I know this is what I thought when I first came to USC. I always knew that I wanted to do undergraduate research, but I never thought that I would be …

Researching in Nanocomposite Materials

Lyssa Aruda-2015 Chemical, Research Leave a Comment

Hey everyone! Hope you’re having a great week! This week I wanted to take a chance to talk about my research experiences while I’ve been at school! I’ve worked in research almost every semester in college.  Getting involved in research is something I get asked about a lot and is actually pretty easy- it mostly just involves approaching your professors. I …