USC WiSE March Newsletter!

USC Women in Science and Engineering

March 2019

Upcoming Events

WiSE Research Horizons Symposium 
Learn about the research of the outstanding faculty members in our community
Friday, March 22
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
EEB 132
RSVP by March 13, use code: WiSESYMPOSIUMVolunteer at the Annual Robotics Open HouseCheck out USC’s robotics labs & be a role model to young students
Wednesday, April 10
USC Campus
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Keep your eye out for more events to come!

Upcoming Deadlines

JEP’s 2019 Dick Cone Award for Graduate Engaged Scholarship
Nominations due Friday, March 8
This annual award is presented to a graduate student (master or doctoral) who uses his/her advanced training and skills to address particular community-defined needs, e.g., through research, consultation, service, etc. For more information, please contact Dr. Samantha Bernstein-Sierra (, 213-740-1858). Leadership Award for Students and Postdoctoral Students
Applications due Friday, March 15
The WiSE Leadership Award for Students and Postdoctoral Scholars was created to distinguish exceptional students and postdoctoral scholars at USC who are making a positive difference in their scholarly community. Members of the WiSE-community should send letters of nomination detailing the nominee’s outstanding contributions to the scholarly community to All undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at USC are eligible to be nominated. For more information, click here. JEP 50% Teaching Assistantship for 2019-2020
Applications due Monday, March 18
For the 2019-20 academic year, JEP is seeking a PhD student with an interest in service-learning and community-engaged pedagogies to assist with curricula development and supporting our undergraduate peer educators.  For more information, please contact Dr. Samantha Bernstein-Sierra (, 213-740-1858). 

Merit Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Research
Applications due Monday, March 18
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. For more information, click here. 

CAMS Graduate Student Prize for Excellence in Research with a Substantial Math Component 
Nominations due Monday, March 25
Any graduate student at USC who is expected to receive Ph.D. degree between May 2019 and August 2020 inclusive is eligible. If you nominated a student last year who is still eligible, the nomination will be considered again this year. Please direct nominations to the Director of CAMS and send material to Chaunte’ Williams at

WiSE Mentorship Program
Applications due Friday, March 29
Are you a graduate student interested in being a mentor to first year WiSE graduate students? Apply to be a mentor in WiSE’s Mentorship Program! Through fun activities organized by WiSE, mentors will ease their mentee’s transition by providing her with valuable insight about graduate school and life at USC. For the application, click here.

Hanna Reisler Mentorship Award
Nominations due Sunday, March 31
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. For more information, click here.


Smaranda Marinescu

Congratulations to Smaranda Marinescu (Chemistry) on receiving the 2019 Sloan Research Fellowship

Kelly Sanders

Congratulations to Kelly Sanders (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Spatial Sciences) on receiving an NSF CAREER award.

Carly Kenkel

Congratulations to Carly Kenkel (Biological Sciences) on receiving the 2019 Sloan Research Fellowship

Eun Ji Chung

Congratulations to Eun Ji Chung (Biomedical Engineering) on her appointment as the inaugural holder of The Dr. Karl Jacob Jr. and Karl Jacob III Early-Career Chair.

Mahta Moghaddam

Congratulations to Mahta Moghaddam (Electrical Engineering) on being elected to the National Academy of Engineering, “For development of physics-based computational algorithms for mapping of subsurface characteristics.”

Articles of Interest

The Women Who Contributed to Science but Were Buried in Footnotes. Read more from The Atlantic.

Art and Science come together at the Los Angeles Natural History Museum. Read more from Annenberg Media.

Scientist says some pollution is good for you – a disputed claim Trump’s EPA has embraced. Read more from the LA Times.

Published on March 7th, 2019

Last updated on January 20th, 2021