Wednesday Writing Tip: Fewer or Less

Dear Master’s student,

In our last writing tip, we answered the age-old question “should I use who or whom?” The next few writing tips will continue examining which of two common options is the grammatically correct choice. This week: less or fewer.

A few months ago, I wrote a tip on countable vs. non-countable nouns. If you need a refresher course on the topic, that blog is a good place to start.

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Supporting Our International Community

Dear USC Community,

We would like to bring to your attention a new web page on the provost’s site that includes the various communications, services, and programs we have put into place to support our global community and to uphold our shared values of openness and inclusivity. Please go to:

We will continue to update this page as we move forward.  We welcome your input and suggestions at

Literature Review Workshop

Join us for a Literature Review workshop tomorrow, Feb. 8, from 3-4 pm in SOS B49!

Get tips specifically on the recursive processes of researching for/writing a Literature Review (either as part of a longer assignment, or as a stand-alone document).  We also cover ways to organize your findings as you go through the process.

Countdown to Publication

countdown-postcard_final_page_1countdown-postcard_final_page_2What does it take to publish before you complete a graduate program? Tools for organizing and analyzing sources? Primary sources that have already been collected? Venues for disseminating research beyond the book and journal?


Please join the Graduate School and the USC Libraries for three days of programming in support of publication from information-gathering to the final product. Countdown to Publication is aimed at graduate students, but open to all.


Workshops will be held January 31 – February 2.

Full schedule and  workshop descriptions:


RSVP here:


USC Alumni Scholarship Deadline approaching!

The USC Alumni Association and its related entities award nearly $4 million in alumni scholarships to continuing students each year. Individuals must apply for scholarships during the academic year prior to the year of funding.  Applicants may apply for multiple scholarships at one time using the online application below.

To access the application for 2017-2018 scholarships, please click on the link here: Deadline is Feb. 1, 2017.

Please note: Alumni scholarships are for tuition only. Students receiving full tuition benefits from tuition remission, trustee scholarships, athletic scholarships or other sources are not eligible for an alumni scholarship award. Alumni scholarships are for continuing undergraduate students only. Applicants must have completed at least one semester at USC and must be enrolled full time (12 credits or more) to be eligible for a scholarship.

More information about alumni scholarships can be found here:

And for more information about other available scholarships please visit the USC Online Scholarship System here:

First Generation College Student Summit

The inaugural First-Generation College Student Summit was launched in February 2016 at the University of Southern California with the mission of bringing first-generation college students, staff and faculty to learn, engage and dialogue on the first-generation college student identity. The success of the first summit proved the need to conitnue to have an annual summit at USC.

2017 Goals:

To build community for first-generation undergraduate and gradaute college students.
To educate around issues, practices, and resarch on first-generation college students.
To bring visibility to the first-generation college student community and identity.

To register:
We also invite non-USC students who attend other colleges and universities. Please note that non-USC students will be charged $32.00 to attend the summit.

Lunch and dinner will be provided on Friday, and breakfast and lunch will be provided on Saturday. Housing accommodations can be made for non-USC students.

To view Program Breakout Sessions, click here.

For questions, please email Mary Ho at or Natalie Reyes at

(Please title email subject: “USC First Generation College Summit”)


Shine Bright Like A Trojan!

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I am a first generation gay-cis Latino student in my second year in the PASA program. I am currently the Vice President of PASA Network. I hold two assistantships, one as a graduate advisor at USC’s Undergraduate Student Government, and the other as a program coordinator dually at CSUF and Cypress College for the Allied Health Academy initiative for underrepresented students. In my spare time, I enjoy making use of my Disney Annual Pass, eating out, dancing, and researching resiliency in marginalized students. Continue reading Shine Bright Like A Trojan!

NACADA International Conference: Sheffield, UK July 10-13, 2017

There is still time to submit a proposal for the 2017 NACADA International Conference to be held in Sheffield, the United Kingdom, on July 10-13, 2017

.  This event will be hosted by the University of Sheffield.  The theme is The Future of Academic Advising: Connecting and Consolidating Students’ Experiences and Education.  Access the Call for Proposals webpage for details!  We encourage you to submit your proposal to present at this exciting event!

Proposals should be submitted by the January 13, 2017 deadline.   Submit here.

Join us for an opportunity to share scholarly research that clarifies best practices as well as strategies and programs that engage students in advising and personal tutoring.  Connect with leading practitioners in the field of academic advising as we search for ways to empower our students.  NACADA and the University of Sheffield are excited to join together to provide this opportunity for practitioners, administrators, researchers and others in the field of academic advising so that they are able to best support students; helping them piece together their educational experience and empowering them to succeed.

Topics for presentations and discussion include:

  • Academic Skills Development
  • Advising & Career Planning
  • Advising Administration
  • Benchmarking/Impact/Evaluation
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • International Student Advising
  • Organizational Advising & Policies
  • Peer Advising/Mentoring
  • Prospective Students & the First-year Experience
  • Social Inclusion/Diverse Populations
  • Student Development Theory & Research
  • Student Persistence & Retention
  • Technology & Innovation

Presenters and Attendees
This conference is designed to attract the following:

  • Academic advisors, personal tutors, student advisors
  • Academic staff or faculty advisors
  • Study, learning or careers advisors
  • Student support and student services advisors
  • Researchers, administrators or managers
  • Students engaged in research or practice of peer support

We hope that you will submit a proposal and join us as we continue to advance our global outreach in enhancing the field of advising and student success.  Continue to visit the conference website for information.

NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising
2323 Anderson Avenue, Suite 225
Manhattan, KS  66052
T:   785/532-5717
F:   785/532-7732

Submit a proposal here:


A well-written proposal and abstract will enhance your application. Check for spelling errors before submitting!

It is critical that the title and abstract reflect the content of your proposed session. Attendees depend on the abstract printed in the conference program to determine which sessions to attend.

Poor evaluation scores often result when the printed abstract bears little relation to the actual presentation. This is the most often mentioned criticism on the individual evaluations.

Deadline to submit : January 13, 2017. Please do not wait until the last day when the server could be busy, making it difficult to submit your proposal. Late proposals will not be accepted.