USC Graduate Preparation Programming

Friday, May 8-10, 2013 | Los Angeles, CA 
– For the past few days, I had the honor of assisting the University of Southern California’s Graduate School, Office of Diversity Outreach and Academic Professional Development with hosting over 50+ promising undergraduates from diverse backgrounds across the country to attend our 2013 USC Graduate School Preparation Program. The students (from sophomores to seniors) ranged across the social, behavioral, and economic sciences (SBE) and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The mission of the program is to inspire, motivate, and prepare the students to go on after undergrad to pursue advanced degrees, all the way to their PhDs should they so choose. The 3-day program was intense, hands-on, and enlightening, and above all, a GREAT SUCCESS!!!

CLICK HERE to access the full agenda of our 2013 USC Graduate School Preparation Program for undergraduates.


The University of Southern California (USC) has a longstanding tradition of welcoming and promoting the achievements of talented students from historically underrepresented backgrounds. USC is one of the world’s leading private research institutions with outstanding faculty, students, research centers, and community-focused projects that contribute in incalculable ways to society’s scholarship and advancement.  Through first-rate graduate programs, the university prepares students for successful careers in research, teaching, business, the arts, technological fields, entertainment, and public service, to name a few sectors. We are pleased to offer the Graduate Student Prospective Program (GSPP) for eligible students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. Program.  GSPPis a USC Diversity Outreach Initiative under Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education (EDGE), a program sponsored by the National Science Foundation; USC Graduate School, Office of the Provost; USC Graduate Admissions; and other USC departments.


• Learn about the Graduate School Admissions Process
• Receive Information on Funding for Graduate School (e.g., Different Types of Financial Aid including Fellowships, TA Positions, & Loans)
• Develop Your Graduate School Application: Statement of Purpose/Personal Statement, CV/Résumé, & Letters of Recommendation Strategies
• Network with Faculty, Graduate Students, & Top notch Undergraduates from across the country
• Participate in Special Panel Presentations, Workshops, Campus Tours, & Meal Sessions”

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