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How to Get Research as a Freshman

Bethany Bethany 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 …

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Tips and Tricks to Master Freshman Year

Jordan Biomedical, Jordan, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Hey guys,   This week I wanted to talk to you about some of the tips and tricks that I found when I was a freshman (and some that I didn’t learn until later in my college career that can help you out when you first get on campus). 1. The first and foremost of which you are probably the …

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Freshman Engineering at Viterbi

Jordan Biomedical, Jordan, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Hey guys, This week I wanted to talk to you a little bit about the cool engineering things that I have gotten involved with at USC, particularly in my first year! Starting as a freshman, I did a lot of hands on work specifically in my introduction courses like freshman academy. At the end of the semester, we created a …

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Applying Theory: Chemical Engineering 444aL

Sarah Sarah, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Throughout my time as an undergraduate so far, all of our chemistry classes have had lab sections attached to them, but none of the main chemical engineering courses have had a lab section attached except for introduction to chemical engineering and my nanotechnology classes. We’ve learned a lot of theory so far, but have not had a chance to apply …

SarahApplying Theory: Chemical Engineering 444aL
Operation VAMFA proposes to explore Venus' atmosphere.

Operation VAMFA and National Engineers Week

Alex Alex, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Welcome to the thick of E-Week 2015! I love National Engineers Week because the week is a celebration of engineering. This week, I’ve eaten at the E-Week barbecue and laughed at the E-Week talent show. And tomorrow night, I cannot wait for the Viterbi Ball! To me, E-Week is more than just fun, interesting activities. E-Week reminds me why I …

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Making Thinking Fun – A Deconstruction of the Ego

Markus Astro, Markus Leave a Comment

Hi guys, Conversation is perhaps the most incredible, yet confusing phenomenon of our existence.  We communicate with everything around us.  And yet there is no perfect language, no formal system that can clearly define the reality around us.  Just stop and think for a second.  When I speak, your brain hears a fluctuation in pressures and vibrations, translating that into …

MarkusMaking Thinking Fun – A Deconstruction of the Ego
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What I’m Actually Learning in Class: BME 201

Emily Emily, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

BME 201 has the formal title “Biomedical Engineering Practice.” It’s a rather broad title, that could mean a lot of different things. How to get a job in BME, what BMEs actually learn, what the field is comprised of, etc. The class isn’t a traditional class: take notes, do the homework, take the test, lather rinse repeat. Instead it’s a …

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Researching in Nanocomposite Materials

Lyssa Aruda-2015 Chemical, Lyssa 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 …

Lyssa Aruda-2015Researching in Nanocomposite Materials
The lab I worked in freshman and sophomore year!

My Research Experience: From Engines to Nail Polish

Sarah Sarah, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

  Hey everyone! Happy hump day. Today, I wanted to take a little time to talk about the various research projects I have been involved with thus far. I knew in high school that I wanted to get involved in research as soon as possible. In fact, the fact that I could start working under a professor in their lab …

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AIChE finished off the fall semester strong with our annual holiday networking night

My Spring Semester at a Glance

Sarah Chemical, Sarah, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Hey Everyone! It’s hard to believe that it’s already the second week of spring semester. This semester is going to be incredibly busy, but a lot of fun at the same time. Here’s a brief preview of what I’m going to be doing this semester! Classes: This semester, I’m taking Viscous Flow, Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, Nanostructured Materials, and Chemical Engineering …

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My Favorite Study Spot: Research Lab!

Lyssa Aruda-2015 Chemical, Lyssa, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

Hey everyone! Hope you had a great week and happy homecoming! This week we are talking about our favorite study spot, and while I have many favorite spots including my desk at Alpha Phi, Engineering Quad, and RTH Cafe, one of my new favorites has been in my research lab! Iced coffee in E-Quad is the perfect afternoon break! #ViterbiLifepic.twitter.com/KNJUWFz8Kv …

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My Future Plans: Internships vs. Academia

Ellen Ellen, Viterbi Careers Leave a Comment

Hey everybody! This week I’m going to talk a little bit about my plans for the time I have remaining at USC as well as after I graduate.  To be honest, my plans are a little vague, but that’s the great part about being in college! There are a lot of opportunities for students to try things out and see …

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The Nitty Gritty of my Summer Internship at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Emily Emily, Uncategorized, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

Okay, so I didn’t have this internship experience this last summer. I actually had this opportunity the summer between my junior and senior year of high school. I spent six weeks at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is in Seattle. It’s part of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, partnered with the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s to study and prevent …

EmilyThe Nitty Gritty of my Summer Internship at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
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Plans for the Future

Frankie Chemical, Frankie, Uncategorized, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

Plans for the Future. As of now, thats all they are. As a sophomore, there are only so many opportunities out there as an engineer since most companies are looking for Juniors or Seniors. I am not saying that their aren’t any opportunities, but as a sophomore engineer, you will be starting your major specific engineering classes, and there is …

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PSA: Pluto Is a Planet

Sarah Sarah Leave a Comment

PSA: Pluto is once again recognized as a planet! When I was learning the planets, my teachers taught me to remember the names and order of the planets by the very useful MVEMJSUNP—My Very Eager Mother Just Served US Nine Pizzas. Sadly, in 2006, the International Astronomical Union made the decision to demote Pluto from planet status to dwarf status, …

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Third Time’s A Charm!

Archana Archana, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Hi everyone!! I hope you all enjoyed your first week of classes! I’m really excited for what this semester is going to bring; it’ll definitely be a busy one. I’m taking Organic Chemistry (CHEM 322A), Linear Circuits (EE 202), Statistical Methods in Biomedical Engineering (BME 423), and The Chemistry of Aids (CHEM 203). It’s a pretty science and engineering heavy …

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Getting Back Into the Swing of Things

Markus Markus, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

Hey Everyone! This summer has flown by so quickly, but did not disappoint in the memories or the adventures!  Right when the semester ended, I had the opportunity to travel with the iPodia Program to Israel where we experienced its rich and ancient history firsthand.  Out of all the places I visited, I would have to say that Acre/Old Akko …

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At the Viterbi Awards with John, who is the other co-founder of QuEST at USC!

Finally- A Summer in LA!

Makana Krulce-2015 Makana, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

Happy end of the semester at USC! The time has really flown by this semester, but I am really stoked for this summer. For the first time, I’ll be spending my summer at USC, and I couldn’t be happier to spend some more time at this school I call home. When I was in Germany last semester, I really did …

Makana Krulce-2015Finally- A Summer in LA!
First football game!

My Advice to Freshmen: Just Keep Swimming

Sarah Sarah, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Entering college, I was told time and time again my first year would fly by. I thought they were all exaggerating. Well, they weren’t. And the scary thing is that sophomore year flies by even faster. I still can’t believe that I am almost halfway done with my time as an undergrad at USC.  During that first year, days blurred …

SarahMy Advice to Freshmen: Just Keep Swimming