SPACE STEM Opportunities and Scholarships

The Center for Engineering Diversity Banquet is back! Get ready to celebrate excellence with us on Friday, April 26th in the Vineyard Room. RSVP by Sunday, April 14th:

The Center for Engineering Diversity invites graduating students to apply to speak at our Celebration of Excellence. Students can take this opportunity to reflect on their experience at USC, share a few inspiring words with their peers, or thank anyone that's supported them along the way.

See the application link for more information.
The banquet is on Friday, April 26th in the Vineyard Room. due Monday, April 15

Professional Development

Patent Workshop

If you have or will have a degree in engineering, computer sciences, or the hardsciences (chemistry, biology, physics and related disciplines), you can take the Patent Office’s Registration Exam to become a Patent Agent. Patent agents can
make up to $20,000 a year more than similarly situated engineers and scientists. The Exam is available virtually on-demand via computer. Becoming a patent agent can also be a step toward to a career of a Patent Attorney.

If this sounds intriguing, come join Practising Law Institute (PLI) for a presentation by Mark Dighton, PLI's Director of Law School Relations and a Director of their Patent Office Exam Course.
Date/Time: Mon, April 15, 2019 from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: RTH 306

ITP Open House

All current and prospective students are invited to attend. Learn about our classes, ask questions about our minor programs, and meet our faculty.

We'll have snacks from Porto's Bakery to enjoy with coffee and tea, and advisers will be available to answer questions about course planning and how to declare minors! Stop by whenever you are able to. No RSVP required.
Date/Time: Tue, Apr 09, 2019 from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: KAP 148
Date/Time: Mon, Apr 15, 2019 from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: VKC 155

Trojan Talks

Regardless of your class year or major, Trojan Talks are a great way to explore an organization or an industry. Providing insight on such topics as open positions and organizational culture, they can also help you prepare for an upcoming interview. Learn more about these opportunities.


2019 EREF Scholarship Application

April 19, 2019 at 5:00 pm (eastern)

All applications must be completed by this deadline. Any incomplete applications as of the deadline will not be considered. Notifications regarding award status will be sent mid to late August.

Scholarship awards will begin in September 2019. As a result, students graduating in December 2019 are ineligible to apply.

Click here to access the application.

All submissions must be in English and must be made online. Hard copies and e-mailed materials will not be accepted. You will be asked for the following information/materials:

  • Contact Information
  • Career Interests
  • College Information
  • Tuition and Living Expenses, as well as Other Sources of Funding
  • GRE Scores (if available)
  • GPA
  • College Academic Honors and Extracurricular Activities
  • College Transcripts (they do not need to be official) in PDF format
  • Resume (if you have professional working experience) in PDF format
  • Autobiographical Statement (less than 500 words) that includes your career goals and any talents/interests
  • Research Statement – discussion of your research topic (less than 750 words) that includes project objectives and the work’s relevance to the advancement of solid waste management
  • Recommendations – the names and contact information of 3 individuals who can comment on your academic or career performance and your potential for future success. These individuals will be required to submit a recommendation letter by the application deadline. Recommendation letter requests will be sent through the online application and additional instructions will be provided to that individual.

All qualified men and women will be considered for EREF Scholarships without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, or disability. Applications from students outside the United States or studying abroad will receive equal consideration. Award decisions by the Environmental Research and Education Foundation and its Directors are final and not subject to appeal.


Questions? Please send an e-mail to or call 919.861.6876.

We are pleased to announce a new scholarship opportunity for minority engineering students: 

The Bill H. James Scholarship 
For Aspiring African-American Engineers

The scholarship is offered by the Bill H. James Foundation and endeavors to address the need for diversity in the engineering field and to support the education of deserving African-American students. Two scholarships will be awarded annually; one each to an undergraduate and a graduate student. The amount of the award may vary. 
Consideration for this award is available to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Must be an African-American/Black (non-Hispanic) U.S. citizen
  • Must be pursuing a degree or course of study in an engineering program at an accredited four year college or university in California
  • Must be entering their Junior or Senior year or pursuing a graduate degree in the 2019-2020 school year
  •  Must have a minimum GPA of 3.2

Additional information and an application portal is available at:
The application deadline is April 30, 2019.
If you have any questions, please write to us at

The moment you've been waiting for is finally here —
Research presentation and travel scholarship applications are open!

IMPORTANT NOTE: The below applications are open to ALL eligible students. Summer applications will ONLY be open to undergraduate students in a summer research program. All other students MUST apply by the 4/12 deadline.



Professionals with a bachelor's degree or higher can volunteer to review student applications online prior to the conference.

Sign up by 4/12 >>


Session proposals are open! 
Share your expertise with a STEM symposia or professional development session.

Submit by 4/30 >>



Undergraduate, postbac, graduate students and postdocs can apply to present their research via a poster or oral presentation.

Apply by 4/12 >>


Undergraduate and graduate studentscan apply to receive round-trip flight and lodging for the conference.

Apply by 4/12 >>

Academic Success

Individual Grammar Tutorials

Fri, Apr 12, 2019 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Workshops & Info sessions

Viterbi graduate and undergraduate students are invited to sign  up for individual grammar assistance from professors at the Engineering Writing Program. Sign up for one-on-one individual sessions here:
Questions? Email

Interested in graduate school?
We're interested in you!
Illinois Graduate Engineering Programs

As one of the world's top ranked engineering programs, our students, faculty, and alumni set the standard for excellence. We drive the economy, reimagine engineering education, and bring revolutionary ideas to the world.  We solve the world's greatest challenges. We look toward the future and find ways to make it a reality. We do the impossible every day at Illinois! Join us for MERGE 2019 to explore campus and research labs, meet current students and visit with faculty to learn more about Engineering at Illinois Graduate Programs and our research opportunities
Learn more on why you should apply for MERGE Visit weekend at

The Multi-Cultural Engineering Recruitment for Graduate Education (MERGE) program invites promising students like you to visit campus for an all-expense-paid, in-depth view of the outstanding programs and facilities available to graduate students at Illinois.  The MERGE 2019 program will be held on the Urbana-Champaign campus September 26-28 ( Travel dates will be September 26 and 28, 2019.

Candidate must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident, currently enrolled in or having recently completed an accredited curriculum in engineering or physics. Preference will be given to individuals who will be graduating in the coming year, with a GPA of 3.2 or higher (on a 4.0 point scale), and individuals who will increase the diversity of the graduate student body.

To receive full consideration, the materials listed below should be submitted no later than August 9, 2019.  We encourage all applicants to submit before leaving for the summer break.   If applying after August 9, inquire first byemail to find out if space is available. All applicants will be notified by the week of August 19.   
Begin the application. 
As part of the application, you will need to:

  • Submit an unofficial transcript.
  • Submit a statement (no more than 2 pages) addressing your plans for graduate study, including research interests, career goals, relevant coursework completed, and other educational experiences.  
  • Submit a detailed resume that outlines research experiences, internships, publications, and leadership experiences. 

All questions can be sent to

Out for Undergrad (O4U)

My name is Teddy Kurkoski, and I am an Admissions Director for the 2019 Out for Undergrad (O4U) Engineering Conference. I am a senior at the University of Pennsylvania studying Materials Science and Engineering, and I will be working in the personal care industry upon graduation. I am reaching out to you because the 2019 O4U application is now open, and we are looking to increase the number of applicants from University of Southern California. 

If you're not familiar with Out for Undergrad (O4U) or the O4U Engineering Conference, you can learn more about it on the website here: To keep it short and sweet, it is a weekend-long professional development conference for high achieving, high potential LGBTQ+ undergraduate students who are studying engineering or interested in going into engineering.
This year’s O4U Engineering Conference will be held at Boston Scientific in Minneapolis, Minnesota from September 27th to September 29th. The application deadline for round one admissions is March 23rd, 2019 at 11:59 PM (EST).
Students are admitted to attend the conference on a rolling basis. Flights and hotels are covered entirely by O4U, so if students are admitted from your college/university, they will only have to pay the $90 registration fee. We also offer fee waivers, discounts, and payment plans to students who are not able to afford the registration fee.
Please let your students know about the conference application. If you or anyone at your school has any additional questions/concerns, please feel free to reach out to me or the O4U Engineering Admissions Team at

Pre-Graduate School Advising

For more, visit

Events Around Campus

Feel Better Workshops - Drop In!

These workshops are open to all undergraduate and graduate students. They are a great fit for anyone who would like to learn basic skills or consider new approaches to improve their ability to manage stress, cope with adversity or improve their life. Led by Counseling and Mental Health Services - USC Student Health

Workshops run throughout the entire semester on both Wednesdays and Thursdays and are located in Trojan Conference Room, 1st floor.

The same topics repeat each month:


1st: Improve your Mood - steps to feel better

2nd: Be Resilient and Thrive

3rd: First Semester Trojans: Adjusting to College at USC

4th: Using Emotions Wisely - be more effective

5th: (only some months) Procrastinators Anonymous


1st: Stress Management– tools to manage inevitable life stress

2nd: Managing Emotions – skills to manage difficult emotions

3rd: Calm Your Anxiety– tools to manage anxiety and worry

4th: Build Healthy Relationships

5th: (only some months) Preventing Perfectionism and Academic Anxiety

Movement Meditation 

In India, yoga is a system for wellbeing on all levels: physical, mental, emotional & spiritual. Classes at the University Religious Center are taught by certified, dynamic, and highly experienced teachers. Classes focus not just on physical fitness and health but also on connecting to our center and finding peace through meditation-in-movement.

Hosted by University Religious Center (URC). Classes are free for USC students and staff. No registration is required.

Yoga mats and accessories are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be advised that we close admission 10 minutes after the start time or when capacity (25) is reached.

Thursday, April 11 from 12:15 pm PDT to 1:30 pm PDT

Thursday, April 18 from 12:15 pm PDT to 1:30 pm PDT

Thursday, April 25 from 12:15 pm PDT to 1:30 pm PDT

Thursday, May 2 from 12:15 pm PDT to 1:30 pm PDT

The Emergency Food Pantry is an emergency resource for USC students experiencing food insecurity. Dornsife's Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature, Dr. Leo Braudy, and his wife Dorothy Braudy, generously donated the funds to initiate the food pantry program in response to food insecurity experienced by students on campus. Thanks to our collaboration with Student Affairs, Cultural Centers and Campus Activities, the physical pantry is now able to serve more students during the 2017-2018 academic year.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
11:30am - 4:30pm

Parkside Apt (PSK) #135
3730 McClintock Ave

April List of Conservation Related Scholarships

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) Internship Program in Environmental Studies
Awarded By:     The Smithsonian Institution
Awarded To:     Undergraduate and Beginning Graduate Students Interested in the 
Fields of Environmental Research and Public Engagement
Deadline:         Nov. 15 for Winter/Spring Projects; Feb. 15 for Summer; & Jun 1 for Fall Projects
More Info:

College Internship Program
Awarded By:     Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
Awarded To:     College Students and Recent College Graduates Interested in Gaining Experience
in Ocean Science Research, Conservation, Education, & Support Services
Deadline:         Check Site; Spring (Dec 1), Summer (Mar 1), Fall (Jun 1) & Winter (Sep 1)
More Info:

American Academy of Underwater Sciences Research Awards
Awarded By:     American Academy of Underwater Sciences Foundation
Awarded To:     Undergraduate or Graduate Students Members of AAUS engaged in a 
Research Project in Which Diving is an important Research Tool
Deadline:         June 30, 2019
More Info:

Shimano Varsity Program Scholarship
Awarded By:     Shimano & B.A.S.S. Nation
Awarded To:     High School Seniors & College Students Interested
in Natural Resources and Fisheries Management
Deadline:         May 31, Check Site
More Info:

Sophie Danforth Conservation Biology Fund
Awarded By:     Roger Williams Park Zoo & the Rhode Island Zoological Society
Awarded To:     Individuals Associated with an NGO or University Conducting Field Studies that
Demonstrate a Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Biodiversity and Ecosystem Conservation
Deadline:         June 1, 2019
More Info:

Delaware River Watershed Fellowship 
Awarded By:     Alliance for Watershed Education of the Delaware River
Awarded To:     Young Adults Interested in Protecting and Restoring the Delaware River Watershed
Deadline:         Opens Early Spring
More Info:

The HACU National Internship Program
Awarded By:     Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
Awarded To:     Hispanic College Students of all Majors, particularly those in STEM Fields
Deadline:         June 7, 2019 for Fall 2019
More Info:

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Pathways to the C-Suite Internship
Awarded By:     Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Foundation
Awarded To:     Undergraduate and post-graduate African American Students interested in corporate
internships in the areas of public relations, finance, business, economics and real estate
Deadline:         Apply now
More Info:

Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology Scholarships
Awarded By:     Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology
Awarded To:     African American Undergraduate Students Enrolled in Scientific or Technical Fields
at select HBCUs
Deadline:         April 15 – June 15
More Info:

American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) Fellowship
Awarded By:     American Indian Graduate Center
Awarded To:     American Indian and Alaska Native Graduate and Professional Students
Deadline:         Apply now, deadline June 1, 2019, Check Site
More Info:

Science Post Graduate Scholarship Fund
Awarded By:     American Indian Graduate Center
Awarded To:     American Indian and Alaska Native Graduate and Professional Students
Deadline:         Apply now, deadline June 1, 2019
More Info:

Horatio Alger Career & Technical Scholarships
Awarded By:     Horatio Alger Endowment Fund
Awarded To:     High School Graduate or Equivalency Credential and Demonstrated Financial Need
Deadline:         March 15 – June 15 of Each Year
More Info:

Excelsior Scholarship Program
Awarded By:     Higher Education Services Corporation
Awarded To:     New York State Resident with High School Degree or Equivalency
Pursuing Degree at SUNY or CUNY College
Deadline:         Submit email to be notified when the 2019-20 application becomes available
More Info:

Other Opportunities including for High School Students

Fulfilling Our Dreams Scholarship Fund
Awarded By:     Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund
Awarded To:     Graduating High School Senior or Current Student Pursuing Professional Degree and
who is of Central American or Latino Descent & Living in the Los Angeles Area 
Deadline:         June 15, 2019
More Info:

ThanksUSA Scholarship Program
Awarded By:     ThanksUSA
Awarded To:     Children and Spouses of U.S. Military Personnel
Deadline:         April 1 – May 15
More Info:

Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship Fund
Awarded By:     Shawn Carter Foundation
Awarded To:     High School Seniors, Students with GEDs, Undergraduate College & Vocational or Trade 
School Students 25 or Younger with Minimum 2.0 GPA Interested in Pursing Higher  Education
Deadline:         April 1 – April 30, 2019
More Info:

Published on April 16th, 2019

Last updated on April 29th, 2020