Putting the A.I. in Hawaii!

Natalie Monger Beach, Computer Science, Natalie, Professional & Academic, Research, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

Aloha! This past weekend was one of the best weekends I’ve had in my four years of college. I attended the 2019 Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. I attended this conference last year in New Orleans, which was super fun. I had no expectations that this weekend would top that one, but it totally …

San Diego: Beaches and Biotech

Dominie Miyasato Beach, Biomedical, Dominie, Free Time, Hikes, Research, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

A three-day weekend at the beginning of the semester is an ideal time to relax and have fun with friends before everyone gets busy. For Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I traveled with a couple friends down to San Diego. One of them lives in San Diego, which meant that we had a place to stay and a car! By …

Spring Sophomore Szn

Steven Douglass Abroad, Aerospace and Mechanical, Athletics, Free Time, Major, Research, Sports, Steven, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

As the beginning of the end of my sophomore year gets under way, I have so much to look forward to in all aspects of my college life. I am going to split this up into three categories: classes, extra stuff, and what is beyond the end of this semester. AME 231 Mechanical Behavior of Materials: I am learning about …

Spring 2019: 20 Years Gone, Holding On

Jacob Toney Best of LA, Chemical, Free Time, Home Life, Internship, Jacob, Major, Professional & Academic, Research, Social & Diversity, Sports, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

Hey everyone! Hope you all had a great holiday season, and are as excited as I am for the new year! It’s going to be a packed one, but at least I’m well rested from my time off. My break was really nice – I got to head home and spend some time with friends and family, and celebrate the …

Fighting the Good Fight! My Last Semester

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Research, Trojan Spirit Leave a Comment

Hey y’all! Happy New Year. It’s officially my last semester. I have very mixed emotions about this. Of course I will be sad to leave USC, but I am also ready to say I conquered my engineering degree (which I had countless doubts about conquering) and officially call myself an engineer. As a second semester senior, I can attest to …

Four Score and 14 Weeks Ago: My Semester Reflection

Steven Douglass Aerospace and Mechanical, Athletics, Dorm, Free Time, Home Life, Housing, Research, Social & Diversity, Sports, Steven, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

I am convinced that I am still in the month of August. What a whirlwind of a semester! There were so many amazing moments and a couple not so awesome moments, but overall I, once again, had the time of my life. Highlights: My housing situation for this year has been so amazing and better than I could have ever …

Why Biomedical Engineering?

Dominie Miyasato Biomedical, Dominie, Major, Research, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Since first arriving at the decision my senior year in high school, I have not changed my mind about majoring in biomedical engineering. Many people will ask what exactly is biomedical engineering. Coming in to college, I did not know even half of what I know now about the major. My definition of biomedical engineering is it is the intersection …

USC, Aha! My Decision to Come to USC

Steven Douglass Aerospace and Mechanical, Research, Steven, Study, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

As I was visiting multiple colleges in my junior and senior year of high school, I always heard people talking about the “aha moment”: the moment you have when you know where you are gonna spend the next four years of your life. No matter where I went, I was always searching for that moment, willing it to happen. However, …

Freshman Me vs. Sophomore Me

Dominie Miyasato Beach, Best of LA, Dominie, Food, Hikes, Professional & Academic, Research, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

I am a sophomore who is teaching assistant, otherwise called Freshman Academy Coach, for the engineering course that all freshmen are required to take during their first semester at USC. The purpose of the class is to guide freshmen through their transition to Viterbi and college as a whole. From this experience, I am reminded of all the little details …

I’m Almost Done? Advice from a Senior

Suveena Thanawala Computer Science, Research, Suveena, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Somehow, the last three years have come to a super-quick end, and I’m midway through the first semester of my senior year. I’ve always felt that fall semester is more difficult than spring – I’m just getting back from a nice, looong break from studying, and getting myself motivated to get back into the groove of managing homework, projects, and …

My Two Research Projects

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Towards the end of this past summer, I joined two different research lab projects. Both projects have me working in the same location but are completely unrelated to each other. First, I will describe the process I went through to receive these opportunities then, I will delve into what each project consists of. One of the most important parts of …

Freshman Summer: Simulations, Synthesis Reactions, and So-Cal

Jacob Toney Chemical, Jacob, Research, Study, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

Hey there everyone! Hope you’ve all been enjoying your time off school, and making the best of your summer! Now that the new school year is right around the corner, I thought it’d be a good time for me to catch you all up on how I spent my past three months, and give you a sense of what a …

“A Little Bit of Everything” Kind of Summer

Dominie Miyasato Beach, Biomedical, Dominie, Free Time, Hikes, Research, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer, Why USC, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

The summer after my freshman year was a perfect blend of work, travel, and time spent relaxing at home. For the first seven weeks, I resided at USC to work in Professor Zavaleta’s research lab. As mentioned in my last blog post, Professor Z’s lab investigates the use of nanoparticles in detecting tumors with great precision. Every week day, I …

What it’s actually like to be an undergraduate researcher

Cami Amein Cami, Electrical, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Research, Uncategorized, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

That’s my roommate! In high school, dance class was an everyday activity for me . So when I got to college I didn’t know how to keep dancing seeing as my classes revolved around engineering. Luckily for me I had awesome roommates in the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance (check out their website: https://kaufman.usc.edu/) who let me into the studios …

Michelson Center: Research, Kitchens, and More!

Dominie Miyasato Biomedical, Dominie, Research, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer, Why USC, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

In addition to the USC village, the Michelson Center for Convergent Biosciences opened my freshman year! Again, the timing for me to attend USC could not have been better. The purpose of the Michelson Center is to provide a space for researchers of different specialties to come together and collaborate on tackling the most pressing health challenges of our era. …

Travel With Your Research Lab

Siena Applebaum Aerospace and Mechanical, Research, Siena, Uncategorized, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

Hi wonderful human beings, There are a lot of reasons to consider getting involved in research as an undergraduate. Getting hands-on technical experience, being a part of cutting-edge discoveries, and fostering close relationships with really cool professors are just the tip of the iceberg. Another incredible opportunity that can come from working in a lab is being able to attend …

What can I do with my computer science degree?

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Internship, Life After Graduation, Professional & Academic, Research, Work, Yingyu 2 Comments

Hey everyone! Today I started interviewing candidates for a Project Manager position for Code the Change, a student organization that builds software products for non-profits in LA. It inspired me to discuss some myths about majoring in computer science and possible career paths that you might not have known existed for CS majors. First, I want to start of by …

Designing Your Own Research at USC

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Research, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC

Hello, friends! First, let me start off by saying that if you haven’t read my recent post about how to obtain research at USC, you should go read that. This post will make much more sense after you have done so. So, my previous research post discussed how to find your own unique qualities you bring to the table in …

I Can’t Imagine Not Fighting On

Natalie Monger Athletics, Computer Science, Natalie, Research, Service, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus

It’s true; I really can’t. Just three years ago, I stepped foot onto USC’s campus for the second time, having been admitted to USC. My first time on campus was the summer beforehand. I was competing in an international robotics competition. I remember staying in the Parkside dorms by the main engineering buildings, walking past Tommy Trojan each day to …