What’s New

As we enter our nineteenth exciting year of the Annual USC Undergraduate Symposium, we have important reminders as they relate to the judging and presentation of projects. Please read this information carefully and prepare accordingly.

Registration
If you are interested in participating in this year’s Symposium, the registration deadline is March 23rd, 2018.  Registration requires information for all undergraduate group members, faculty sponsor(s), and details about the project that is being submitted.  The registration deadline occurs a few weeks before the event so that adequate space and facilities can be coordinated for all expected participants.

Project materials must be submitted and setup on Monday, April 9th.  This allows for more thorough review of submissions prior to the main exhibition event.

Judging
Symposium judging and viewing will occur over two days. All projects will be reviewed on Tuesday, April 10th, from 9:00am – 5:00pm at Tutor Campus Center Ballroom. This judging session will be closed to presenters and visitors.

Additional review and judging occurs during the Symposium exhibition event.  Participants will have an opportunity to interact with judges and answer their questions on Wednesday, April 11th, from 11:00am – 2:00pm during the Symposium exhibition.

Symposium Exhibition Day
The main event of the Symposium is the Exhibition Day which will take place on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 from 11:00am – 2:00pm in the Tutor Campus Center Ballroom.  Registration and setup for participants will begin at 9:00am that day.  During registration (9:00am-11:00am), participants are encouraged to “attend” the exhibit themselves by taking time to view other submissions.

During the exhibition time, participants will be on hand to share their work with the campus community.  Additional review and judging of submissions will also occur during the exhibition time.

Awards Ceremony and Banquet
A dinner banquet honoring all student projects will be held in Town & Gown at 6:00pm on Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 following the exhibition day of the Symposium. Faculty sponsors and graduate student collaborators are also invited to attend the awards ceremony and banquet, where prizes in each category will be announced.

Keynote Speaker
The Awards Ceremony and Banquet will include a keynote address from Michael Ernest Kassner, who oversaw a one billion dollar budget on basic (6.1 and early 6.2) research. Initiated the first peer review in history of ONR, enhanced data-base management of the grant program, and initiated the 100 million dollar Navy-wide STEM initiative on behalf of the Secretary of the Navy.

Prizes
The judges will award one $1000 First Prize and one $500 Second Prize in each of six categories. In addition, a $1000 Special Prize may be awarded to significant entries that demonstrate interdisciplinary work. These interdisciplinary awards, which will be determined by faculty judges, may be awarded in any of the five categories.

USC Schwarzenegger Institute Award
This year, the USC Schwarzenegger Institute will also award prizes to students whose work proposes real world solutions to serious policy challenges and improves the lives of people and communities with regard to issues in education, environment & energy, health & wellness, fiscal & economic challenges, or political reform.

Want to learn more? Check out the frequently asked questions page.