March 6, 2014

Upcoming Events

WiSE Undergraduate Programming: Preparing an Effective Poster
Tuesday, March 11
11:30am - 1:00 pm
WiSE Suite, DRB 232

WiSE Night Out: Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through M.I.T.’s Male Math Maze?"
(Sponsored by USC's Visions and Voices)
Wednesday, March 12
Ronald Tutor Campus Center
Performance begins at 7pm.
*We'll meet at Tommy Trojan at 6:40. 

WiSE has reserved a block of tickets. Please RSVP to attend the evening performance, as well as a follow-up LUNCH with writer/director Gioia De Cari on Thursday, March 13 at noon in DRB 232.  RSVP TO BOTH EVENTS HERE.


Upcoming Deadlines

Merit Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Research 
Due Monday, March 17

The WiSE Merit Awards for Excellence in Postdoctoral Research are offered to current Postdoctoral researchers at USC who demonstrate exceptional work in their field. Candidates must be working under the mentorship of a faculty member in a WiSE-eligible department of the USC Dana and David Dornsife College or Letters, Arts, and Sciences or in the Viterbi School of Engineering. A maximum of four awards will be given each year. Candidates are nominated by the faculty and each department may nominate up to two candidates. Each WiSE Award will be for $3,000.

Hanna Reisler Mentorship Award
Nominations Due: March 31

The Hanna Reisler Mentorship Award is named in honor of one of our founding faculty members and the many years she has dedicated to mentoring faculty and especially women at USC.  The Hanna Reisler Mentorship Award recognizes individuals at USC who have advanced the careers of women in science and engineering through generous and committed professional mentorship.  Last year's inaugural award was given to the WiSE Viterbi and WiSE Dornsife Committees and was accepted, on behalf of their respective committees, by Professors Meng and McNitt-Gray. Letters of nomination should be submitted by March 31, 2014.  Nominations will be reviewed by an awards committee, consisting of Professors Meng, McNitt-Gray, and Golubchik, with an awardee to be announced in April.  Members of the WiSE-community should send letters of nomination to All members of the university community are eligible to be nominated.  
WiSE Undergraduate Research Experience - Student Researchers
Applications Due: April 1

Upperclassmen with an established working relationship with a faculty mentor may submit a research project proposal. 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. WiSE Researchers will receive a $3,000 grant the semester in which they conduct their research, $500 during each of the Fall and Spring Semesters for participation in the WiSE Research Programming Series, and $500 in advisor support.

Merit Fellowships for Current Doctoral Students
Due Tuesday, April 8

The Merit Fellowship for Current Doctoral Students is offered to current Ph.D. students at USC who demonstrate exceptional work in their field. Two candidates will be chosen from the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences and two from the Viterbi School of Engineering. Candidates are nominated by the faculty. Each one-year WiSE Fellowship carries a stipend of $5,000. To be eligible for the Merit Fellowships students must plan to be enrolled full-time for both the upcoming Fall and Spring semesters, be in at least their fourth year of study or passed their qualifying exams, and be funded by a 50%-time research assistantship, teaching assistantship, or fellowship during that period. Expected date of graduation should not be earlier than the Spring semester.  



Congratulations to WiSE PhD Student, Sumita Barahmand (Computer Science), on receiving a USC Remarkable Women Award. This award recognizes Sumita's significant research accomplishments and service contributions as a member of the Trojan family at the University of Southern California.

Faculty in the News

Professor Anna Krylov (Chemistry) helped start online petition protesting the absence of women at a major theoretical chemistry conference. More than 1,500 people have signed the petition calling for the boycott of the 2015 International Congress of Quantum Chemistry conference in Beijing. Read more, here.

Assistant Professor Sarah Feakins gave a second radio interview on California's drought.  

Articles of Interest

Why the Pinkification of Children’s Toys Hurts Women

Chemistry Without Women

Nuclear Girl: What’s it like to be a woman running a nuclear facility?

The First Woman to Get a Ph.D. in Computer Science From MIT

Additional Opportunities 

Assistant Professor Burcin Becerik-Gerber (Civil and Environmental Engineering) will be giving a talk "Making the Transition to Assistant Professor in the Sciences and Engineering"
for the Center for Excellence in Teaching
3/31/14 at from noon-1pm in DML 240
RSVP, here.

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