Graduate Intern Position at Pomona College’s Career Development Office

The Pomona College Career Development Office is seeking two graduate interns for the 2017-2018 academic year. This position would offer students the opportunity to learn about career services across functional areas (career counseling, employer relations, fellowships advising) at a small liberal arts college.

Interested students can apply online here: . If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Wanda Gibson.



Wednesday Writing Tip: The Dash or the Hyphen?

Dear Master’s student,

As I reported in our blog about the semi-colon, there are 14 punctuation marks in standard English grammar. Can anyone name them?   (Here’s some help from the West Wing.  Skip to 1:17 for the answer.)  Two of those are the hyphen and the dash.

Most of us have heard about the dash and the hyphen, but there are a lot of people who confuse them—even though these people feel that they should be able to differentiate the lines.  (This is how I feel about Venus and Serena Williams.)


On a standard QWERTY keyboard, the hyphen (-) is between 0 and = in the number line row.  The hyphen is primarily used to create compound words.  It’s probably most familiar in compounds such as self-esteem, sister-in-law, sugar-free, or up-to-dateHyphen Continue reading Wednesday Writing Tip: The Dash or the Hyphen?

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”)