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. For instance, imagine investigating the processes through which children acquire language, conducting peace & conflict research through interviews with survivors of genocide and civil war, or analyzing online economies and applying game theory to the new online 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.
Dornsife is home to more than 40 research centers that run the gamut of topics and disciplines. In fact, many of these centers combine two or more areas of study such as neuroscience and music, or history and digital media. Conducting research at USC Dornsife is a great way to get to know faculty, graduate students, and other undergraduates who share similar academic and career interests.
Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR)
The Student Opportunities for Academic Research (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.