Gigi Ragusa recipient of the U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring

Professor Gisele “Gigi” Ragusa was awarded the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). The award, announced yesterday by the White House Office of Science and Technology, is “the nation’s highest honors for mentors who work with underrepresented groups to develop fully the nation’s human resources in STEM.” Gigi is one of only 15 recipients of this award, nationwide.

Gigi joined USC Viterbi in 2008, as a jointly appointed faculty with the Rossier School of Education, and as Professor of Engineering Education Practice at USC Viterbi in 2012. She received all four of her academic degrees from USC(with a B.A. in both business and biology, and Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Educational Psychology from USC Rossier).She joined the faculty of USC Rossier in 2002. Prior to joining us, she was on the faculty of Pacific Oaks College and the California State University, Northridge. In addition to the PAESMEM Award, Professor Ragusa has received the2010 USC Viterbi School of Engineering Dean’s Special Service Award, the 2016 HENAAC’s Vanguard Award and the ASEE PSW Outstanding Teaching Award. In addition, Professor Ragusa served on a number of research centers as Director of Education.

Gigi’s research areas are in engineering education, Pre-K-12 STEM education, college access, and educational measurement. She has focused on how poverty, generational status, gender, student-to-student and student-to-faculty mentorship, and STEM literacy affect student achievement and pathways to STEM education and careers. Her most recent areas of research include engineering creativity and innovation. Click here to read more on this announcement.

Innovative Young Engineers Selected to Participate in NAE’s 2019 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium

Two USC junior faculty – Paul Bogdan and Eun Ji Chung, of 82 of the nation’s brightest young engineers have been selected to take part in the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) 25th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) symposium. Early-career engineers who are performing exceptional engineering research and technical work in a variety of disciplines will come together for the two-and-a-half day event. The participants — from industry, academia, and government — were nominated by fellow engineers or organizations.

“The USFOE symposium is a one-of-a-kind event that brings together bright young engineers from different technical areas to spark innovative ideas and to facilitate, what often turn out to be, career-long collaborations,” said NAE President C. D. Mote, Jr. “When you foster a creative space for engineers to collaborate and work together, experience shows that the possibilities are endless.” Click here for more information.


The 5th Annual Research and Fellowships event is November 4 – November 8, 2019 hosted by USC Academic Honors and Fellowships, the Graduate School and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. The goal of the week is to discuss opportunities that support research, graduate study, language learning, teaching and internships within the U.S. and abroad.

Open to students of all academic levels, staff, and faculty. Attendees participate in interactive panels and workshops to explore USC programs and external post-graduate possibilities. Programming includes a Summer Opportunities Fair, NSF-GRFP panel and Q&A with fellowship winners.

The full schedule, target audience for each presentation, for any questions and link to RSVP can be found on our website

$50 Million Provost Initiative on Fostering Our Diverse Community

In his November 1, 2018 memo, Provost Quick outlined important new steps in USC’s ongoing efforts to foster diversity in our academic community. The first of these new initiatives is an ambitious joint program in which the Office of the Provost, working with the schools, will allocate a total of $50 million in new funds to match funding that schools employ towards the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Training to Foster Diversity in Faculty Hiring