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Undergraduate Research

Magellan Ambassadors

Magellan Ambassadors are motivated students who have participated in undergraduate research and wish to share their research experiences with other undergraduate students! As a part of this team, you will learn more about the Office of Undergraduate Research, polish your presentation skills, and network with fellow researchers across campus.


Applications to serve as a Magellan Ambassador for the 2024-2025 academic year will open in early Spring 2023. Be on the lookout for our application launch! 

Who Is Eligible

You must...

  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate student for the 2024-2025 academic year
  • Be in good standing with the university
  • Have a research faculty mentor
  • Be currently enrolled in courses at USC
  • Demonstrate a willingness to learn more about OUR including programs & events
  • Have effective public speaking and communication skills

NOTE: Ambassadors may have conducted research as volunteer experiences, independent study courses, or through grant (not limited to OUR) or departmental funding, etc.


  • Attend mandatory training at the beginning of fall semester
  • Attend monthly staff meetings and one-on-one meetings with supervisor
  • Actively participate in events throughout the year (including U101 presentations, tabling events, campus-partner, student organization presentations, and Discover USC)
  • Be knowledgeable about the services offered through the Office of Undergraduate Research
  • Serve as a role model in the Carolina Community through this peer leadership role

Students will NOT be asked to miss class to participate in events.


  • An opportunity to share your research experience with your peers, staff, and faculty of the university, and potential new students
  • Build presentation and verbal communication skills
  • Be a part of a community of researchers
  • Networking opportunities
  • Great resume-building experience
  • An opportunity for a great recommendation letter from OUR staff members
  • Undergraduate research polo shirt and nametag

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.