Redefining the “Lab”: Research in CS

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Research, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Yingyu

Interested in research but don’t know where to start? Here’s some perspective into what research in computer science looks like at Viterbi! When I was in high school, I thought doing research in a laboratory meant wearing gloves, goggles, and a lab coat while mastering your pipette technique. So when I was a college freshman and I heard people talk …

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 …

Work Hard and Go Home: A Summer at Slack

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Internship, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Summer, Yingyu 0 Comments

“Slack?” my mom asked me when I told her where I’d be interning for the summer. “What’s Slack?” Slack is one of the fastest growing enterprise software companies today, and a place where I’ve been fortunate enough to work for the past few months. At a company that values playfulness, empathy, and craftsmanship, I’ve been able to learn more about …

How to Navigate the Internship Search

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Internship, Professional & Academic, Yingyu 0 Comments

When the fall semester begins, so does the hunt for a summer internship. From talking to recruiters to prepping for interviews, there’s a lot going on during these few months. Here’s a few things I’ve learned about landing your next internship at an up and coming tech company! Like most people will say, it’s never too early. You can start …

List of Grace Hopper Scholarships for CS Girls

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Research, Uncategorized, Women In Engineering 0 Comments

Last October, I attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Houston, Texas. It was such a fun opportunity. I networked with representatives from some of the world’s top tech companies, attended seminars, and, best of all, met other girls in engineering. I think Grace Hopper is one of the best places for women to network and search …

Hackathon 101: A Survival Guide

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Life, Yingyu 0 Comments

Welcome to the world of hackathons! For those of you just discovering the excitement of hackathons, here’s some more information to get rid of the myths that hackers are mysterious techies working for secret government organizations. In reality, hackathons are prime opportunities to create, build and innovate over the span of two days. With a number of technical workshops to attend, …

A Wave Goodbye: Code the Change Retreat

Yingyu Sun Beach, Computer Science, Professional & Academic, Service, Viterbi Orgs, Yingyu 0 Comments

I joined Code the Change during the spring semester of my freshman year and met some of the most interesting people I know here at USC. The people in CTC helped me not only learn more about web development but also gave me a community to become a part of. Code the Change is a student-run organization that helps build …

Exploring The Artistic Side of Engineering

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Professional & Academic, Research, Sports, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC, Women In Engineering 0 Comments

I love both technology and dance. As a student in both USC Viterbi and USC Kaufman, I have the best of both worlds. I get to study both of my passions on the same campus with some of the best professors and students in the world. Growing up, I have always used both sides of my brain. On the right …

AthenaHacks! An Interview With One of the Founders

Shana Douglass Campus Events, Computer Science, Involvement, Shana, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Women In Engineering 0 Comments

Female empowerment. I’m so here for it. Female empowerment in tech… IM SO HERE FOR IT. A few weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to attend AthenaHacks, Southern California’s FIRST and ONLY all female Hackathon created for women by women (and USC women nonetheless!). Ladies from universities all across So-Cal came to USC for 2-Days filled with hacking, innovation, …

Acing the Technical Interview

ellen-2017 Computer Science, Ellen, Internship 0 Comments

Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a good week.  Since it is the middle of fall, we are right in the middle of recruiting season for jobs and internships!  I thought I’d share some of my tips for interviews/job applications, specifically for software engineering jobs. Get involved with student projects – I have found that my interviewers really …

Engineering and Entrepreneurship: LavaLab

Michael Thorson Entrepreneurship, Michael, Viterbi Orgs 0 Comments

Entering my Junior year this semester, I felt nervous. I was nervous that by studying Aerospace Engineering, one of the most specific majors in Viterbi, I was locking myself into a very narrow career path: immediately launching into a big company after graduation to build rockets and satellites. Obviously revolutionizing the air and space industry at Boeing or NASA still …

My Week at the Grace Hopper Celebration

ellen-2017 Computer Science, Ellen, Women In Engineering 0 Comments

Hi everybody! I hope you all have been having a good weekend.  I have spent most of this weekend catching up on schoolwork and the like because I spent most of last week in Houston, Texas for the Grace Hopper Celebration! GHC is basically a conference for women in computing and anything that relates to that topic.  Overall, there were …

Future Career Plans: Internships and Research

ellen-2017 Computer Science, Ellen, Research, Work 0 Comments

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 …

Get Out, Get Involved, Fight On!

vincent-2016 Computer Science, Vincent, Viterbi Orgs 0 Comments

So here’s the deal, there is only so much a student can learn in the classroom; that’s where student organizations come in. Student organizations provide an opportunity to gain understanding and competence in any field of study through real-world application of classwork. Not only that, it’s a great way to make new friends and potential employers. I thought I would …

Back to Los Angeles!

vincent-2016 Computer Science, Vincent, Viterbi Life 0 Comments

My summer was absolutely fantastic! I reconnected with old friends and I know, despite how far away USC is from Chicago, that I won’t ever lose those relationships. Meanwhile, my internship with Castwell Products Inc. was everything I could have asked for; I definitely feel more prepared for my professional career. But seeing USC on ESPN (AP Poll #8!) started …

My Spring 2015 LavaLab Project

Jordan-2016 Biomedical, Entrepreneurship, Jordan, Viterbi Orgs 0 Comments

Hey guys,   This week I wanted to talk to you about the progress of my LavaLab team’s progress. For those of you who don’t know, LavaLab is an on campus student incubator program that allows small groups of students to work on design oriented solutions to everyday problems of their choice. Our team decided to work on creating a …