Office of Admission & Student Success
Fall 2024 Upcoming Deadline
January 15 (Regular Decision)



Imagine being able to contribute to the creation of new knowledge with peers and faculty mentors. Research is an integral part of academic life at USC Dornsife, and students are encouraged to engage in research at every stage of their academic careers.

Opportunities range as wide as our selection of majors. You might investigate the processes through which children acquire language, study peace and conflict through interviews with survivors of genocide and civil war, work on new methods to detect cancerous tumors, or analyze online economies and apply game theory to the digital universe. Students can even propose their own original research projects. This is what makes USC a premier research institution: Dornsife faculty are actively engaged in groundbreaking research, and undergraduate students are working every day alongside our most renowned scholars.
"Because of USC’s location, I was amazed at how easy it was for me to find a research position on campus, at the Health Sciences Campus (where the Keck School of Medicine is located), or at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The first lab I emailed responded to me within 15 minutes, and I’ve been a part of the lab ever since. I feel that my research experience and mentorship through my lab will be integral in my preparation for medical school."


The SOAR program provides USC Dornsife students up to $1,000 of financial support for non-course related research activities during the fall or spring semester. Students submit a research plan and a proposed budget with their application; funding can allow you to purchase equipment or undertake project-related travel.


Looking for a stimulating way to spend your summer vacation – something unique and academically challenging? Let SURF fund your research! SURF provides students up to $3,000 to support a summer research project under the supervision of a USC faculty member. The stipend may be used to pay for travel, equipment, living expenses, or other fees related to the research effort. It may be used towards research conducted with a faculty member, an independent research project, or participation in a Problems Without Passports (PWP) program.