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Student Research

The Arnold School’s emphasis on mentorship combined with our research-oriented atmosphere results in an abundance of student-faculty partnerships across the School. Students are engaged in faculty research, both as research assistants and through conducting their own research. They also collaborate with faculty members on peer-reviewed publications, presentations, grant proposals, and more. Students work alongside faculty to both learn from them and add their own valued contributions.

There are many opportunities for students to become involved in research at the Arnold School. Graduate assistantships and other student positions can be found through the School’s MySPH Opportunity Manager. We also encourage students to contact their program directors or browse through the Faculty Directory to learn about the research being conducted at the Arnold School and the opportunities our labs and projects may provide.

USC offers a number of avenues for students to procure their own funding for research as well. The Office of the Vice President for Research’s SPARC (Support to Promote Advancement of Research and Creativity) Graduate Research Program provides awards of up to $5,000 for graduate students to fund their research, creative or other meritorious scholarly projects. Undergraduates are eligible to apply for funding by several different mechanisms within The Magellan Scholar Program. In addition, members of the Honors College are eligible to apply for a total of $4,500 in student research support over the course of their four-year tenure through three different programs (i.e., SURF, Exploration, Senior Thesis). Additional assistance is available for research-related travel through the Honors College. 

All students can take advantage of the Office of the Vice President for Research’s crowdfunding partnership with Through this program, the Office agrees to match the funds (up to 50 percent) raised for eligible projects that are accepted by USCeRA and funded through

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