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Research & Discovery

Sometimes individually, sometimes in groups, USC undergraduates conduct research with guidance from distinguished faculty leaders. Imagine presenting your findings at a conference or publishing your research. With so many opportunities and funding sources, you can do it here.

Discovery Scholars

Our signature program that honors students who engage in undergraduate research or artistic endeavor with faculty guidance.  Be recognized for making a contribution to your field of study as an undergraduate.

Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly & Creative Work

The Undergraduate Symposium provides students with the unique opportunity to exhibit and share examples of their significant research and creativity with the university community.

Fellowships and Funding

Several fellowships opportunities provide financial support for students interested in conducting and presenting research as undergraduates. Check out these possibilities:

*Additional resources for undergraduate researchers are available here.

Medical Preceptorship Program

USC Research Gateway Scholars Program

A program that encourages low-income and first-generation college students as well as students from historically underrepresented ethnic groups to pursue graduate studies and consider an academic career. Check them out!

Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)

Our groundbreaking effort to increase the representation and success of women in the sciences and engineering at USC through research grants, events, lecture series, and outreach.

Research Programs – by school

USC schools encourage the Discovery Scholar ideal of undergraduate research with programs of their own. See what’s available in your area of study.

Research Centers

Check out USC’s many research centers and institutes from the arts and humanities, the social and natural sciences, to engineering and technology. We even have an Institute for Innovation!

Library Resources

With 23 libraries and information centers plus the USC Digital Library and countless ejournals, the USC Libraries actively support and encourage the academic endeavors of faculty, students, and staff. Searching for understanding? Start here.

Faculty Profiles

To participate in research, students must connect with current experts in the field of study – members of the USC faculty. Browse through these faculty directories and profiles to learn more about the research activities of faculty across campus.