Diversity Outreach & Academic Professional Development


Fall 2014

Program Overview & Executive Summary

The USC Graduate School, Office of Diversity Outreach (DO) & Academic Professional Development (APD) promotes Ph.D. students’ interdisciplinary learning, expert competencies, progress in a doctoral course of study, job market preparation, access to supplemental funding, and multicultural exchanges. The programs have university-wide support from deans, faculty, and students. Annual assessments indicate that the programs’ services are well-received and helping USC with its mission of providing a rigorous and innovative graduate school experience. The programs are open to all students. Most participants come from the following USC academic divisions: Dana & David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences; Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism; Viterbi School of Engineering; Keck School of Medicine; Rossier School of Education; School of Cinematic Arts; and Davis School of Gerontology.  Some students also come from the School of Social Work, Price School of Public Policy, and School of Pharmacy, among others. Throughout the academic year, including the summer, DO & APD provide supplemental research funds, conference travel grants, and professional development stipends. In addition to funding opportunities, the programs offer students the following services: academic and career advising, research methodology seminars, academic writing and proposal technical writing workshops, communication development, dissertation support working groups, a publications course, assistance with searching for and applying to external funding, and workshops on how to organize a CV/Résumé and prepare for a job talk. The programs organize a summer research and professional development institute, annual symposium, and social networking activities. A select group of program participants become eligible for a Certificate of Completion in Academic Professional Development. The programs administer an annual USC national graduate school preparation and recruitment program for talented underrepresented minority (URM) prospective Ph.D.students, and engage in national level outreach by utilizing diversity student listservs and by participating in diversity fairs and conferences.  Through these outreach pursuits the programs interface annually with over 1000 prospective graduate students. 

 Over the years, annually at least 50 USC faculty members support a student’s program participation via a written recommendation or verbal nomination. Between 2011 and 2014, annually the programs served at least 150 to 175 USC Ph.D. students through cohort-based, structured programs (e.g., five-week seminar series, ten-week institutes, five-part supplemental courses).  During this same period, depending on the program’s annual recruitment, an additional 100 to 500 USC Ph.D. students received services through one-time activities (e.g., one-day topical workshops, one-day symposium, one-time funding awards, one-time advisement).  Since 2011, the programs have served at least 1500 currently enrolled USC Ph.D. students. About 45% of the students come from the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); about 55% come from social sciences, humanities, and professional programs. Since 2011, the programs have awarded over a half-million (around $600,000) in aid to students participating in training institutes, supplemental courses, and seminar series. Additionally, every year between 2011 and 2014, the programs disbursed 30 to 50 supplemental funding awards of up to $500 to students presenting research at national conferences and engaging in professional development activities; thus, awarding a total of around $100,000 over this time period through these supplemental funding opportunities. The programs have awarded USC Ph.D. students at least 400 Certificates of Completion to certify their Academic Professional Development .

 History and foundation of the programs: The infrastructure, services, and best practices grew out of the successful EDGE Program, a USC Ph.D. student academic and professional development initiative that served historically underrepresented minorities (URM's).  EDGE refers to Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education; the EDGE program operated between 2005 and 2011 and was fully funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  When the EDGE NSF Grant ended in 2011, the university funded the program and expanded the services and opportunities to all USC Ph.D. student populations; hence, the program became known as Diversity Outreach & Academic Professional Development. We are delighted to now have the opportunity to facilitate academic and professional opportunities for all USC Ph.D. students.

In the following sections of this newsletter, you will learn about the array of academic, professional, and funding opportunities that the program made available this past year to USC Ph.D. students.  Also, you'll find referrals to opportunities at USC and at other institutions around the country.   To learn about some of the newest USC graduate student leadership appointees and continuing professional staff members that help facilitate the programs and resources mentioned in this newsletter, please refer to the profiles at the end.


Dr. Richard Andalon, Associate Dean & Director

CC: Dr. Sally (Sarah) Pratt, Vice Provost for Graduate Programs

       Dr. Jesse S. Watson, Associate Director 

       Joshua L. Gray, Ph.D. Candidate, Advisor/Coordinator & Graduate & Professional Students’ Advocate                    

       David-James Gonzales, Ph.D. Candidate, Advisor/Coordinator & Graduate & Professional Students’ Advocate

Diversity Outreach & Academic Professional Development 

USC Ph.D. Students that participate in Diversity Outreach & Academic Professional Development Programs experience the following:

  • Learn about competitive grant fellowship funding and supplemental research grants, and how to write effective proposals to help secure such financial opportunities.
  • Become familiar with Persuasive Writing and Editing Strategies for Research Papers, Dissertations, Abstracts for Conferences and Official Publications.
  • Develop Effective Oral Communication Skills for Scholarly and Professional Pursuits, including for Research Conferences, Academic Panels, and Class Presentations.
  • Participate in Activities related to Writing the Job Market Package including the Cover Letter, Teaching and Research Statement, CV/Résumé, etc.
  • Receive Refreshers on the latest Research Methodologies related to an Academic Field, Available Research Resources, Library Search Strategies, and Methods to Conduct a Literature Review.
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion in Academic Professional Development awarded by the USC Graduate School, Office of the Provost.
  • Become Eligible for Supplemental USC Graduate School Research, Professional Development and Conference Travel Funding (awards ranging from $500 to $1000).
  • Promote Interdisciplinary Learning and Networking Opportunities with fellow Ph.D. Students and Faculty from across USC Academic Departments.
  • Better Prepare for both Academic and Non-Academic Job Options.

2015 Spring Semester USC Graduate Student Services & Programs

The calendar and details related to the services and programs for the 2015 Spring Semester are in progress.  

Past Program Events

Fall 2014 Welcome & Networking Sessions

These sessions welcome USC Ph.D. students back to campus.  The sessions are aimed at providing USC Ph.D. students with information relating to program services, opportunities, and achievements. Graduate students get to network faculty and staff members from various departments.  Services and opportunities discussed: seminars for grant/fellowship proposal writing, publications, dissertation support, CV/Resume development, and supplemental funding for conferences, research, and professional development. 

Meeting Dates: Monday, September 29th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in THH 118; Thursday, October 2nd from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. VKC 207. 

Fall 2014 Publications Seminar Series

The USC Graduate School-sponsored Publications Seminar Series promote skills in scholarly writing, research, and professional development. The program is a supportive and applied experience that will teach students the ins and outs of the scholarly publications process. The ultimate aim is to help students rework an unpublished paper from a previous course, conference, etc. and convert it into a publishable piece. Through formal instruction, group work, and independent self-paced assignments, students apply formal lessons and new found insights to develop, edit, and submit a journal article by the end of the Fall 2014 semester or shortly after.

Meeting Dates: Tuesdays (10/14, 10/28, 11/11, 11/18, and 12/2) from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Fall 2014 Dissertation Working Group (DWG)

The Dissertation Working Group (DWG) is a small interdisciplinary group of up to ten advanced doctoral candidates at the post-data collection stage. The DWG will consist of students from all disciplines including but not limited to:  Social Science and Humanities, as well as the Sciences, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM). The group uses multiple project management and writing strategies aimed at moving each individual student towards completion of the dissertation. The DWG is facilitated by a Ph.D.-level research writing expert with proven experience in working with USC doctoral candidates from multiple disciplines and helping them get through the dissertation process.

Meeting Dates: Tuesdays from 7:00p.m. to 9:00p.m. on 10/14, 10/28, 11/11, 11/18, and 12/2


Fall 2014 CV & Academic Bio Development and Writing Seminar

In this workshop, students learn about the critical elements of constructing a complete and competitive curriculum vitae and biography to enhance their academic and professional development. Students learn how to integrate their past, current, and future activities on their CVs and bios through ongoing revisions and updates during their doctoral studies. Students learn to identify existing opportunities and create new ones to build one’s expertise and (inter)national presence. 

Meeting Dates: Monday, October 27th & November 3rd, 4:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


Fall 2014 Proposal/Grant Seminar Series for STEM Ph.D. Students

The USC Graduate School-sponsored 2014 Fall Proposal/Grant Seminar Series enhances skills in technical writing, project conceptualization, and in protocols relating to the submission of request for proposals (RFPs). This seminar series is a thematic, five-session offering for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) USC Doctoral Students. The instruction and activities help students with the writing, conceptualization, and management aspect of proposals/grants.  Students are required to identify a funding opportunity and commit to setting aside the time necessary to put together a well-organized and persuasive proposal/grant.  The sessions involve readings, lectures, applied exercises and individual and group work.

Meeting Dates: Tuesdays on 10/21, 10/28, 11/11, 11/18, 12/2.

Fall 2014 Academic Professional Development (APD) Scholars’ Research Symposium

Student participants get to practice their scholarly presentation skills, acquire feedback on their scholarship, network in an interdisciplinary environment, & to highlight the USC Symposium participation on their CV’s

Meeting Dates: Monday, October 27th & November 3rd, 4:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


Summer Institute 2014: A Research Training, Professional Development, and Mentorship Program

This past summer the USC Graduate School offered a research training, professional development, and mentorship institute for newly admitted and first- and second-year doctoral students. The institute included research methods seminars, academic writing and grant proposal classes, oral communication workshops, and a series of other academic skills enhancement and career preparation sessions. Participants received mentorship from faculty advisors and program staff, and were awarded a competitive research stipend.  Combined from UPC and HSC, the summer research institute served a total of 50 students from across the university departments and 40 plus faculty mentors!

Meeting Dates: June – July 2014

Upcoming Events for USC Ph.D. Students

The previously mentioned Services & Programs will be offered during Spring 2015.  Please lookout for the announcements.  Consider and participate!

Academic and Professional Opportunities & Funding Resources for Graduate Students 

Note: Due dates for most of the following opportunities are during fall 2014, spring 2015, and fall 2015.  Some organizations make available the advertised opportunity every year.   Check the websites referenced for further details. 

Ford Foundation Fellowships

The 2015 Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship competition is NOW OPEN and accepting applications.

The application deadline date for the 2015 predoctoral fellowship is NOVEMBER 19, 2014. 

In 2015, the Ford Fellowship program will award approximately 60 predoctoral fellowships. The predoctoral fellowships provide three years of support for individuals engaged in graduate study leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree.  Predoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Research Council (NRC) on behalf of the Ford Foundation. The awards will be made to individuals who, in the judgment of the review panels, have demonstrated superior academic achievement, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.   Learn more at: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/FordFellowships/PGA_047958.htm


American Council for of Learned Societies (ACLS) 

Invites applications for the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships, which support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing. The program encourages timely completion of the Ph.D. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure and no later than August 31, 2016. A grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports this program. https://www.acls.org/programs/dcf/

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellowships

For 12 months of full-time dissertation research and writing on ethical or religious values.  More information available online at                                                                                                                               http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/american-fellowships/ 

NPSC offers Ph.D.-Track Fellowship

The NPSC offers Ph.D.-track fellowships in the physical sciences and related engineering fields. It is open to all qualified U.S. citizens, with an emphasis on recruiting applications from historically underrepresented minorities NPSC Fellows receive two paid summers of internship at their NPSC-sponsoring employer’s research facility, as well as tuition, fees, and stipends for up to six years. More information available at  http://www.npsc.org              

UNCF Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowship

To be considered, applicants must be: African American; enrolled full-time in a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree program majoring in a life science, physical science or engineering; engages in and within 1-3 years of completing dissertation research, and must successfully complete all qualifying exams by September 1, 2014; U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.  Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowships are also available. More information is available online at   https://scholarships.uncf.org/                   

Department of Defense-National Defense and Science Engineering Fellowships

Awarded to outstanding students planning to conduct graduate study and research leading to a doctoral degree in science and engineering. Provides a 12-month stipend, fees, and tuition for three years. More information available online at    http://ndseg.asee.org/                  


Symantec Research Labs Graduate Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted for the one-year 2014 Symantec Fellowship for graduate students pursuing innovative research related to information security, storage, and availability. The stipend is $20,000 plus tuition and fees, and comes with an opportunity to work alongside Symantec researchers. Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help businesses and consumers secure and manage their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, the firm has operations in more than 40 countries. More information are available online at           http://www.symantec.com/about/careers/college/fellowship.jsp 

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation – Teaching Fellowship

KSTF Teaching Fellowships support individuals with exceptional science and mathematics content knowledge who are committed to teaching high school in the United States.

  • Physical Science Teaching Fellowships support those with at least a bachelor’s degree in a physical science (for example, physics, chemistry or astronomy) or engineering
  • Mathematics Teaching Fellowships support individuals with at least a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or mathematical content preparation equivalent to a mathematics major
  • Biological Science Teaching Fellowships support individuals with at least a bachelor’s degree in contemporary biology or other life science
More information is available at  http://kstf.org/programs/teaching.html      

UC MEXUS-CONACYT Doctoral Fellowships for Mexican Students

Provides up to five years of funding for Mexican students doing their doctoral studies at one of the ten University of California campuses. Students may pursue doctoral studies in most of the academic disciplines, with the exception of the arts. Provides full non-resident tuition, fees, a stipend, and support towards health insurance. January 23, 2015  More information is available online at            http://ucmexus.ucr.edu/funding/doctoral_fellow.html                     

American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Fellowships

AICPA offers 4 fellowships for students interested in pursuing a career in accounting: the John L. Carey Scholarship, which provides financial assistance to liberal arts and non-business degree holders who are pursuing both graduate studies in accounting and the CPA licensure and is intended to encourage students with little or no previous accounting education to consider professional accounting careers, the Scholarship for Minority Accounting Students, which awards outstanding minority students to encourage their selection of accounting as a major and their ultimate entry into the profession, the  Accountemps Student Scholarship, which provide financial assistance to outstanding accounting students who demonstrate potential to become leaders in the CPA profession, and the Fellowship for Minority Doctoral Students, which ensures that CPAs of diverse backgrounds are visible in college and university classrooms; this program's goal is to increase the number of minority CPAs who serve as role models and mentors to young people in the academic environment and awards annual fellowships of $12,000 to full-time minority accounting scholars who demonstrate significant potential to become accounting,educators.  More information is available at http://www.aicpa.org/BecomeACPA/Scholarships/Pages/default.aspx


American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program—MHSAS Predoctoral Fellowship

This fellowship program is designed for students in clinical, counseling and school psychology, and other psychology doctoral students whose training prepares them for careers in behavioral health services.  It is not required for applicants to identify as ethnic minorities; however, African-Americans, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Asian-Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are especially encouraged to apply. Benefits include up to three years of financial support (renewed annually) and limited travel and dissertation support. For more information, please visit http://www.apa.org/pi/mfp/psychology/predoctoral/index.aspx


Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program

The Rangel Program is a collaborative effort between Howard University and the U.S. State Department that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The program seeks individuals interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. There are two major components to the Rangel Program: an International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program that provides support for graduate school, professional development, and entry into the U.S. Foreign Service, and an undergraduate International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program that provides undergraduates with the opportunity to enhance their skills, knowledge and understanding about U.S. foreign policy. Applications from members of minority groups traditionally underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and those with financial need, are particularly encouraged. Requires commitment to a minimum of three years of service as a Foreign Service Officer following graduation. Up to $90,000 over two years toward a two-year master's degree, one domestic and one international summer internship, professional development and support. For more information, please visit www.rangelprogram.org


Kathryn D. Sullivan Science and Engineering Fellowship

This award seeks to increase the number of highly trained earth and marine scientists and enable graduate students to conduct NASA-related Earth/marine science research. Underrepresented minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly urged to apply. For more information, please visit http://facweb.furman.edu/~hporter/spacegrant/kds_fellowship.html


UNCF Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowships
The UNCF ● Merck Science Initiative awards scholarships and fellowships at three levels:

  • UNCF/Merck Undergraduate Science Research Scholarship Awards are intended to help African American undergraduate students who are interested in science to further their science education and potentially pursue science and engineering careers.  The UNCF ● Merck awards provide tuition support and opportunities for research experience in a state-of-the-art research facility.
  • UNCF /Merck Graduate Science Research Dissertation Fellowships will help African American graduate students complete coursework, conduct research, and prepare the dissertation required for a doctoral degree in the biomedically relevant life or physical sciences and engineering.
  • UNCF /Merck Postdoctoral Science Research Fellowships are intended to provide support to African American post-graduate students to obtain postdoctoral training and to prepare for a career in biomedical research.

For more information, please visit http://umsi.uncf.org/sif


National Science Foundation Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (NSF SBE DDRI)

The National Science Foundation's Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES), National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), and the SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (SMA) award grants to doctoral students to improve the quality of dissertation research. These grants provide funds for items not normally available through the student's university. Additionally, these grants allow doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and to conduct field research in settings away from their campus that would not otherwise be possible. Proposals are judged on the basis of their scientific merit, including the theoretical importance of the research question and the appropriateness of the proposed data and methodology to be used in addressing the question. The following fields are supported by this grant: archaeology, cultural anthropology, documenting endangered languages, geography and spatial sciences, linguistics, biological anthropology, decision, risk and management sciences, economics, law and social science, methodology, measurement, and statistics, political science, science, technology, and society, sociology, science of science and innovation policy. Deadlines vary. For more information, please visit http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13453


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.  Fellows share in the prestige and opportunities that become available when they are selected.  Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $32,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution), opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose. The following social science fields are supported by this grant: archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, anthropology (other), communications, decision making and risk analysis, economics (except business administration), geography, history and philosophy of science, international relations, law and social science, linguistics,linguistic anthropology, medical anthropology, political science, public policy, science policy, sociology (except Social Work), urban and regional planning, and Social Sciences (other). Application deadline: November 18. For more information, please visit http://www.nsfgrfp.org/how_to_apply


SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship

The new Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Program will be an interdisciplinary training program to help early-stage doctoral students with limited experience in designing and carrying out their own research projects to formulate doctoral dissertation research proposals. In a change from past years, the fellowship will no longer be limited to students whose research topics fall within specific fields of study, but rather it will be open to all students in the humanities and social sciences who are beginning to formulate proposals for their dissertation research.

Fellows in the DPDF Program will take part in:

  • Spring workshop (early June) to help them hone their research questions and design exploratory research plans to identify the appropriate methods to answer those questions;
  • Summer research (mid-June to late August) to establish contacts, find sources, identify sites, review literatures, and test the feasibility of their initial research questions, methods, and approaches;
  • Postresearch writing period (late August to early September), during which fellows will prepare a draft dissertation proposal and begin peer reviews of their drafts through an online proposal writing and reviewing portal; and
  • Fall workshop (mid-September), in which fellows will share their progress (and problems) to date, critique their draft proposals with other fellows from diverse disciplinary perspectives, and begin to make final revisions.

The goal of this four-month process is for fellows to develop a dissertation research proposal that they can review with their advisors and, perhaps with some additional changes, submit for approval to their departments and/or to research funding agencies. The deadline for submitting applications will be in October 2014. Applicants will be notified by April 2015. Learn more at http://www.ssrc.org/programs/dpdf/

American Association of University Women International Fellowship

Awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported. Master’s/First Professional Fellowships awards are $18,000. Doctoral Fellowship awards are $20,000. Postdoctoral Fellowship awards are $30,000. Application deadline is December 1. Learn more at www.aauw.org


Josephine De Karman Fellowship

The Josephine de Karman Fellowship Trust was established in 1954 by the late Dr. Theodore von Karman, world renowned aeronautics expert and teacher and first director of the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, in memory of his sister, Josephine, who died in 1951. The purpose of this fellowship program is to recognize and assist students whose scholastic achievements reflect Professor von Karman’s high standards. De Karman fellowships are open to students in any discipline, including international students, who are currently enrolled in a university or college located within the United States. Only candidates for the PhD who will defend their dissertation by June 2016 and undergraduates entering their senior year (will receive bachelors degree in June 2016) are eligible for consideration. Postdoctoral and masters degree students are not eligible for consideration. Students who are not citizens of the United States may apply for a Josephine de Karman Fellowship if they are already enrolled in a university located in the United States and if they will be in the United States by the July preceding the fall semester of the academic year for which they have enrolled. Special consideration will be given to applicants in the Humanities. Application deadline is January 31. Applications are available at www.dekarman.org


Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of Ph.D. dissertation writing. The program encourages timely completion of the Ph.D. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure and no later than August 31, 2016. A grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation supports this program. The fellowship tenure may be carried out in residence at the fellow's home institution, abroad, or at another appropriate site for the research. These fellowships may not be held concurrently with any other fellowship or grant. The total award of up to $33,000 includes a stipend plus additional funds for university fees and research support. In addition to the monetary support that the fellowship offers, Dissertation Completion Fellows are able to apply to participate in a seminar on preparing for the academic job market.  The seminar takes place over three days in the fall of the fellowship year. Application deadline is November 15. Learn more at https://www.acls.org/programs/dcf/


Mellon CLIR Dissertation Completion Fellowship

The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is pleased to offer fellowships generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for dissertation research in the humanities or related social sciences in original sources. The purposes of this fellowship program are to:

  • Help junior scholars in the humanities and related social science fields gain skill and creativity in developing knowledge from original sources
  • Enable dissertation writers to do research wherever relevant sources may be, rather than just where financial support is available
  • Encourage more extensive and innovative uses of original sources in libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and related repositories in the U.S. and abroad, and
  • Provide insight from the viewpoint of doctoral candidates into how scholarly resources can be developed for access most helpfully in the future.
The program offers about fifteen competitively awarded fellowships a year. Each provides a stipend of $2,000 per month for periods ranging from 9-12 months. Each fellow will receive an additional $1,000 upon participating in a symposium on research in original sources and submitting a report acceptable to CLIR on the research experience. Thus the maximum award will be $25,000. Application deadline is November 15. Learn more at http://www.clir.org/fellowships/mellon

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Program Staff

           Joshua L. Gray is a Ph.D. candidate in the Daniel J. Epstein Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering within the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and a Certificate student in the USC Health Technology & Engineering Program. Among his primary research interests are health systems and human factors; accordingly, he is currently working with Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles on patient safety research.  His interest in the development of health technologies and the utilization of medical devices derived from his decade of industry consulting experience with organizations such as GE Healthcare, the US Army Wounded Warrior Programs, US Department of Veterans Affairs and Genentech. His dissertation research focuses on identifying risk factors of harm when using medical technologies in non-clinical environments to model mitigation strategies for global health applications. He earned a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from Florida State University (FSU) and a M.S. degree in Industrial & Management Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).  While working in industry, he earned a Six Sigma Black Belt certification from the General Electric Corporation and a Project Management Professional certification at Booz Allen Hamilton. At USC, he co-founded the Health Systems Improvement Collaborative with funding from the USC Office of Research and has led health systems research in the Republic of Uganda through the USC Institute of Global Health.  He has presented his health systems research globally; and has been involved in recruiting underrepresented minorities and women into the Science, Technology Engineering and Math disciplines nationally. During his graduate education he has been recognized for his academic achievements though special programs, honors, and funding sources.  In 2014, he earned the following awards: a Fellowship from the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation Los Angeles Chapter, the Teaching Assistant of the Year Award from the Epstein Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, and a Fellowship from the Viterbi Body Engineering Los Angeles Program, which is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.  In previous years, he was awarded a Fellowship from the National GEM Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Sciences, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Dean’s Ph.D. Student Fellowship, and USC Academic Professional Development Ph.D. Research Institute Award and Conference Travel Grants.    Additionally, he has had the honor of being selected for a variety of leadership roles by various academic and professional organizations.   He has been appointed as Founding President of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society USC Student Chapter, as a Board Member with the USC Viterbi Center for Engineering Diversity Advisory, and as a Graduate Assistant Recruiter with the USC Viterbi Center for Engineering Diversity.  He has also served as the USC Graduate Student Representative for the National Society of Black Engineers, Founding Chair of the American Society of Quality USC Graduate Student Branch and the Vice President of the Institute of Operations Research & Management Sciences RPI Chapter.  He currently holds the appointment of Graduate Students Advocate for Diversity Outreach & Academic Professional Development with the USC Graduate School.  In this role he serves as both a voice and a sounding board for the unique concerns that underrepresented graduate and professional students face.  As a Graduate Student Advocate, he works work with continuing students to address concerns regarding funding, academic issues, and degree completion.  He also conducts outreach to prospective underrepresented students on matters of graduate school preparation, admission criteria, the admission process, and financial resources.  Additionally, he helps foster scholarly, professional, and social networks on campus which are critical to integrating underrepresented students.

David-James Gonzales is a Ph.D. Candidate in the History Department with the USC Dana & David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences. He began his undergraduate education at Southwestern Community College and completed a bachelor's degree in History with honors (Phi Beta Kappa) at the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego). Over the years, his academic achievements have been recognized through special programs, honors, and funding sources, including: the U.S. Department of Education McNair Scholarship at UC San Diego (2009-2010); Hispanic Scholarship Fund (2010-2011); USC Dornsife College Ph.D. Student Fellowship (2011 – present); National Science Foundation – USC EDGE Research Fellowship & Professional Development Summer Institute (2011); Huntington - USC Institute for California and the West & Hearst Foundation Research Fellowship (2012); and USC Graduate School Diversity Outreach & Academic Professional Development Award (2014). He is a member of the American Historical Association, Organization of American Historians, Western History Association, and National Association of Chicana and Chicano Studies. He is a student of U.S. history with a temporal focus on the mid-twentieth century and a geographic emphasis on California and the West. In particular, he applies borderlands theory to multi-cultural/racial spaces in Southern California to better understand the identity formation and political mobilization of Mexican Americans from the 1930s to the 1960s. He is most interested in the grassroots organizing efforts of Mexican Americans prior to the Chicana/o Movement of the late-1960s and 1970s. Overall, his work seeks to complicate binary representations of Mexican American identity and politics by illuminating the temporal, spatial, and social circumstances of intra-group conflict and inter-racial and cross-class cooperation in Chicana/o-Latina/o efforts for social justice. Ultimately, his research strives to integrate Chicana/o-Latina/o grassroots organizing with the larger Civil Rights Movement of the 20th century. Currently, under the direction of Professor George J. Sanchez, he is outlining a dissertation prospectus on Mexican American grassroots organizing throughout mid-20th century metropolitan Los Angeles.  He possesses extensive teaching, advising, and program administrative experience. From 2012 to the present, he has instructed numerous undergraduate students as a Teaching Assistant (TA) with the USC History Department. His instructional work as a TA has involved survey courses on the United States, California, and Colonial Latin America with thematic emphasis on political economy, race/ethnicity, class, and gender. He has worked as an Academic Coordinator and Advisor with the USC Undergraduate McNair and Gateway Scholars Programs (May 2014 – Present).  He has also worked as an Advisor and Coordinator under the USC Graduate School, Office of Diversity Outreach and Academic Professional Development (May 2014 – Present).   He currently holds the appointment of Graduate Student Advocate for Diversity Outreach & Academic Professional Development with the USC Graduate School. In this role, he advises, mentors, and teaches students, as well as coordinates services and programs.  Through his work and service, he looks look forward to helping the university promote student academic and professional achievements, as well as student diversity.

Dr. Jesse S. Watson is the Associate Director for Graduate Programs at the USC Graduate School, Diversity Outreach & Academic Professional Development Programs. Dr. Watson is a native Californian, born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. He is a first-generation college student who attended Los Angeles Valley College before and the College of the Canyons after serving in the United States Navy.  He received an A.A. in Social Science then transferred to San Diego State University (SDSU) where he received a B.A. in Psychology. While at SDSU, Dr. Watson had the opportunity to participate in the work study program in the Dean’s Office for Health and Human Services as well as become a peer advisor for the Psychology Undergraduate Program. These two experiences were his doorway into the field of student affairs. He then attended the University of Southern California (USC), Rossier School of Education and received his M.Ed. in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs (PASA).  Dr. Watson completed his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) Program at Michigan State University and is currently working on publications based upon his research. Dr. Watson’s research looks at the experiences of white undergraduate social justice advocates that influenced their continued participation in racially and ethnically diverse campus settings. Additionally, his research interests include Critical White Studies, community colleges and marginalized communities, and campus ecology. During his tenure at Michigan State, Dr. Watson served as the doctoral graduate assistant for the Association for the Study of Higher Education. As part of a small program office, he continued honing his programming skills by assisting in the planning, coordination, and execution of a large annual, national & international research conference.  At USC, he has also worked as an admissions officer and coordinator with the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership within the USC Rosser School of Education. At USC, he has acquired certificates through professional development in the areas of student services management and research/grant project administration.  At USC, Dr. Watson works closely with Dr. Richard Andalon to provide stellar support to current doctoral students and serve as a resource to aspiring traditionally underrepresented doctoral students. Beyond that, he has been instrumental in delivering a wide array of programs for the Academic Professional Development (APD) Program. The APD program provides multiple formats such as a 10-Week Program Series, Grant Proposal Writing Workshops, Dissertation Working Groups, Publications Workshops, Seminars, and Panel Presentations to the entire USC Doctoral community. He is excited continue meeting, working, and getting to know members of the campus community as he advances the agenda of the Diversity Outreach and Academic Professional Development Programs! Check out the website for information about the services offered by the USC Graduate School, Diversity Outreach & Academic Professional Development Programs.

          Dr. Richard Andalon serves as an associate dean with the USC Graduate School and as a director with the USC Office of Undergraduate Programs. As an associate dean he administers Ph.D. student services under the Office of Diversity Outreach and Academic Professional Development; as a director he is responsible for undergraduate student services under the McNair/Gateway Scholars Program.  In addition to his administrative duties, he advises and mentors students year-round.  He also teaches a research methods course and graduate school preparation seminar for undergraduates under the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences.  The offices under his purview at USC are responsible for the following: (1) advising on academic, extracurricular, and career-related matters; (2) organizing academic seminars, professional development workshops, research training institutes; and summer programs;(3) facilitating mentorship experiences, multicultural environments, and interdisciplinary learning;(4) administering stipends, scholarships, and fellowships; and (5) engaging in on- and off-campus diversity outreach.  Before joining USC in 2008, he worked for 12 years at UCLA under the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, where he served in various administrative roles in the areas of Outreach & Admissions, Registration & Advising, Student Academic Services, and Student Diversity Programs. He was also an instructor with the UCLA School of Education, where he taught courses relating to academic and career planning, service-learning, and research methods.  Over the years, to support existing programs and to create new programs, he has been successful in acquiring supplemental funding from federal, state, non-profit and private organizations. While serving and advocating on behalf of all students, he is most concerned with and passionate about promoting educational equity and opportunity for students from first-generation college backgrounds, low-income households, and ethnic minority communities underrepresented in college. He studied at UCLA, where he earned a doctoral degree in education with concentrations in higher education and leadership, a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, and professional certificates in student affairs management and educational financial management. He has also earned professional certificates at Harvard University in the areas of higher education program assessment/evaluation and executive management/leadership.

Web Page Links

Graduate School Website:  http://www.usc.edu/schools/GraduateSchool/


Diversity & Academic Professional Development Google Site:  https://sites.google.com/site/gsirdo/


Academic Professional Development:  http://www.usc.edu/schools/GraduateSchool/academic_professional_development.html


Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education:  http://grad.usc.edu/EDGE/addInfo.aspx

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