USC is one of only 88 Research I universities among the 3,500 institutions of higher education in the U.S. Thus you have enrolled at a University where a huge amount of cutting-edge research takes place. One of the benefits of attending USC is that you have the opportunity to get involved in this research and learn to identify, analyze and resolve problems, tools that will be invaluable to you either in your professional career or in research you pursue in graduate school and beyond. Plus research is FUN and a great way to learn new topics. So why not get involved in some research right now? You might end up being an author on a published science paper. Or you might find yourself doing research in the Sierras, or China or Mongolia.
This website introduces you to a number of options for getting involved in research through the Earth Sciences department. Most of the options are open to all USC students and do not require any background in geology. Check out the Program Options or Active Research Opportunities links to learn about different research projects you can join. There are also Funding Opportunities that will help support your research. Or Contact Us if you have further questions. We hope to hear from you in the near future.