January 2013

Upcoming Events

WiSE Undergraduate Programming: Talking About Research
Monday, January 27
3pm - 4pm
DRB 232
RSVP here.

WiSE Advisory Board Meeting (Joint with School Committees)
Tuesday, January 28
DRB 232

WiSE Undergraduate Programming:  Graduate Student Research Presentation
Monday, February 3
DRB 232**

Research Opportunities for Undergraduates
 Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching

Wednesday, February 5
5:30pm - 7pm
RSVP here.

WiSE Distinguished Lecturer: Tsu-Jae Liu
Friday, February 7
DRB 232**

**Flyers available soon!


Upcoming Deadlines

WiSE Major Support for Current Faculty
Applications due Monday, January 27

This competitive program offers awards of up to $25,000 and is aimed at offsetting subtle biases, barriers, and career interruptions that have been shown to hinder the advancement of women faculty in science and engineering at research universities. To be eligible, applicants must have faculty appointments in WiSE-eligible departments. 

WiSE Child Care Grants
Applications due Saturday, February 1

WiSE Child Care Grants provide doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty members in WiSE-eligible departments with grants to subsidize tuition for children enrolled at state certified daycare programs of their choice. WiSE Child Care Grants are awarded on a semester by semester basis and are available for a select number of applicants in good standing who have primary childcare responsibilities for a child in the infant through pre-school age range. 

WiSE Undergraduate Research Experience
Applications due Tuesday, April 1

Applications to participate in the WiSE Undergraduate Research Experience as student researchers are due April 1. Students who have an established working relationship with a faculty mentor may submit a research project proposal to receive a $3,000 grant. If awarded, the student will commit to participating in WiSE programming efforts throughout the academic year, while also receiving more substantial funding to conduct research based on the submitted project proposal. WiSE Researchers will be expected to conduct most of their research efforts during the summer, but other arrangements are possible. The mentors of WiSE Researchers will continue to receive a small grant to support expenses related to their students’ work. The goal of this program is to provide undergraduates with first-hand experience in laboratory based research. It is hoped that through the experience of first-hand research at the undergraduate level, the chances will increase that students will choose to pursue a graduate degree in science or engineering.



Assistant Professor Burcin Becerik-Gerber (Civil and Environmental Engineering) received an NSF CAREER Award.

Professor Lorraine Turcotte (Biological Sciences) on being promoted to Full Professor

Professor Ellis Meng (Biomedical Engineering) on being promoted to Full Professor

Professor Suzanne Edmands (Biological Sciences) on being promoted to Full Professor 

Professor Susan Montgomery (Mathematics) on being elected Vice-President of the American Mathematical Society

Professor Susan Forsburg (Biological Sciences) on being elected a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences

Assistant Professor Nora Ayanian (Computer Science) on being selected as IEEE's AI 10 to watch, IEEE Intelligent Systems' list of 10 young stars in the field of AI

Assistant Professor Yan Liu (Computer Science) on receiving a 2013 Okawa Foundation Research Grant (this prize honors top researchers working the fields of information and telecommunications)

Faculty in the News

Assistant Professor Sarah Feakins (Earth Sciences) was interviewed by NBC Southern California on the recent California drought. 

Assistant Professors Stacey Finley (Biomedical Engineering) and Nora Ayanian (Computer Science) and Professor Amy Childress (Civil and Environmental Engineering) their research.

USC Dornsife News featured the work of Assistant Professor Megan Miller (Earth Sciences).

Articles of Interest 

"Silent Technical Privilege" 

"Rocket Girl: Son Restores Mothers Lost Legacy As America’s First Female Rocket Scientist"

"This Toy Probably Isn't the Answer to the Women-in-Science Disparity"

Something Fun

"If 3 Little Girls Did This To My House, I'd Do Everything I Could To Get Them Full Rides To Stanford"


Opportunities of Interest

Undergraduates interested in Marine/Environmental Biology may be interested in the following REU. Applications due February 17.

Residence field-based course through the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations. Applications due February 7.


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