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GLD in Research

Graduation with Leadership Distinction in Research assists you in making meaningful connections between learning within the classroom and your research or discovery projects outside of the classroom.

Completing the Research pathway can help you to investigate a topic of interest, communicate your findings to relevant audiences, and explain the significance of your findings.  At USC, research is broadly defined as a scholarly effort, generally beyond-the-classroom, aimed at developing a student’s skills in inquiry through opportunities to contribute to and/or pursue original intellectual or creative work.

The first step towards pursuing Graduation with Leadership Distinction in Research is to complete the GLD Orientation.

Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees

Extensive Beyond the Classroom Experience

You must participate in a research or discovery project for a minimum of two (2) semesters. Research or discovery projects completed within a course may be used to fulfill the core experience requirement; however, core experiences may not be double counted toward fulfilling the coursework requirement.

To explore potential research opportunities you can search the USC Connect Opportunity Database and contact the Office of Undergraduate Research to begin you research experience.

Enhancement Experiences

You must participate in three (3) enhancement experiences, which actively engage you in discussion or learning about a subject related to your research interests. Appropriate enhancement experiences include workshops, lectures, conferences/presentations, and official meetings. Enhancement experiences may not be double counted toward the fulfillment of the publication/presentation requirement. Use the USC Connect Opportunity Database to find enhancement experiences.

Coursework

You must complete six (6) credit hours with a B or better from the approved course list for the Research pathway. You may not double count your coursework toward fulfilling the core experience requirement.

Public Presentation

You must complete a public publication or presentation related to your involvement in the Research pathway. Publications and presentations must be of a professional nature. You are strongly encouraged to present your work at Discover USC.  If you wish to fulfill this requirement in a way other than presenting at Discovery USC, your publication or presentation you must submit an Alternative Presentation form[pdf] which must be approved by USC Connect.

Your presentation must center on your experience within your Research pathway and include what you have done, what you have learned from your experiences (including coursework) and how you will use this in the future.

E-Portfolio

You must complete a GLD E-Portfolio demonstrating the significance of your within-and-beyond the classroom experiences. The two ways of completing the e-portfolio are taking a course that supports the creation of the GLD E-Portfolio (such as Univ 401 for GLD) or by attending an E-Portfolio workshop and then working with a GLD advisor.

Requirements for Associate Degrees

Extensive Beyond the Classroom Experience

You must participate in a research or discovery project for a minimum of one (1) semester. Research or discovery projects completed within a course may be used to fulfill the core experience requirement; however, core experiences may not be double counted toward fulfilling the coursework requirement.

To explore potential research opportunities you can search the USC Connect Opportunity Database and contact the Office of Undergraduate Research to begin you research experience.

Enhancement Experiences

You must participate in two (2) enhancement experiences, which actively engage you in discussion or learning about a subject related to your research interests. Appropriate enhancement experiences include workshops, lectures, conferences/presentations, and official meetings. Enhancement experiences may not be double counted toward the fulfillment of the publication/presentation requirement. Use the USC Connect Opportunity Database to find enhancement experiences.

Coursework

You must complete three (3) credit hours with a B or better from the approved course list for the Research pathway. You may not double count your coursework toward fulfilling the core experience requirement.

Public Presentation

You must complete a public publication or presentation related to your involvement in the Research pathway. Publications and presentations must be of a professional nature. You are strongly encouraged to present your work at Discover USC.  If you wish to fulfill this requirement in a way other than presenting at Discovery USC, your publication or presentation you must submit an Alternative Presentation form[pdf] which must be approved by USC Connect.

Your presentation must center on your experience within your Research pathway and include what you have done, what you have learned from your experiences (including coursework) and how you will use this in the future.

E-Portfolio

You must complete a GLD E-Portfolio demonstrating the significance of your within-and-beyond the classroom experiences. The two ways of completing the e-portfolio are taking a course that supports the creation of the GLD E-Portfolio (such as Univ 401 for GLD) or by attending an E-Portfolio workshop and then working with a GLD advisor.

Requirements for Pharm.D.

Extensive Beyond the Classroom Experience

You must participate in a research or discovery project for a minimum of three (3) semesters. Research or discovery projects completed within a course may be used to fulfill the core experience requirement; however, core experiences may not be double counted toward fulfilling the coursework requirement.

To explore potential research opportunities you can search the USC Connect Opportunity Database and contact the Office of Undergraduate Research to begin you research experience.

Enhancement Experiences

You must participate in four (4) enhancement experiences, which actively engage you in discussion or learning about a subject related to your research interests. Appropriate enhancement experiences include workshops, lectures, conferences/presentations, and official meetings. Enhancement experiences may not be double counted toward the fulfillment of the publication/presentation requirement. Use the USC Connect Opportunity Database to find enhancement experiences.

Coursework

You must complete nine (9) credit hours with a B or better from the approved course list for the Research pathway. You may not double count your coursework toward fulfilling the core experience requirement.

Public Presentation

You must complete a public publication or presentation related to your involvement in the Research pathway. Publications and presentations must be of a professional nature. You are strongly encouraged to present your work at Discover USC.  If you wish to fulfill this requirement in a way other than presenting at Discovery USC, your publication or presentation you must submit an Alternative Presentation form[pdf] which must be approved by USC Connect.

Your presentation must center on your experience within your Research pathway and include what you have done, what you have learned from your experiences (including coursework) and how you will use this in the future.

E-Portfolio

You must complete a GLD E-Portfolio demonstrating the significance of your within-and-beyond the classroom experiences. The two ways of completing the e-portfolio are taking a course that supports the creation of the GLD E-Portfolio (such as Univ 401 for GLD) or by attending an E-Portfolio workshop and then working with a GLD advisor.