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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, March 30, 2023

Last call for reviewers at Discover USC 2023

The registration deadline for anyone interested in serving as a reviewer at Discover USC 2023 is tomorrow, Friday, March 31. We still urgently need reviewers to cover all the presentations at Discover USC 2023. We encourage all USC faculty, staff, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to sign up and serve as reviewers, to help ensure an excellent experience for all of our 2023 presenters. 

Discover USC, hosted by the Office of the Vice President for Research, is coming up on Friday, April 21. Reviewers play a vital part in making Discover USC a valuable scholarly and professional development opportunity for presenters at every level of study.


Want to take part in Discover USC 2023 action? Register to volunteer!

The Office of the Vice President for Research is still seeking volunteers for Discover USC 2023. Registration deadline for anyone interested in volunteering is tomorrow, Friday, March 31. All faculty, staff and students are welcome to volunteer for an hour or two, or the whole day. There are many volunteer roles, from staffing information desks to handing out stickers to help organizers get a head-count of attendees, so whatever your interest, there’s likely a volunteer role that will fit. Lunch is provided for volunteers and all are welcome to check out the presentations. Join us on Friday, April 21, 2023 as a volunteer to play a vital role in this exciting research event. 


Office of Research honors devoted program supporters

Each year, the Office of the Vice President for Research is proud to offer a variety of internal programs for researchers across the USC system, at every level. To ensure these programs are effective and successful, we count on the support of faculty partners who serve on review committees and mentor student researchers. We are so fortunate to have many faculty members who generously share their expertise to support these programs each year. To celebrate the outstanding faculty members who pitch in year after year, we are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 Distinguished Research Service Awards and Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Awards. Read more.


Find a Presenter: Discover USC 2023

Now that the presentation lists for Discover USC 2023 are finalized, the Find a Presenter tool is open. Use the Find a Presenter form to search for Presentations, Presenters or Mentors, with a variety of search criteria for each. Users can also sort the lists by different criteria. The Export Results button allows users to download a csv file of all of the selected presenters. Check out the tool here.


New Research Email Lists

The Office of the Vice President for Research invites you to join our new subject-specific email lists for updates on research-related funding opportunities. There will be mailing lists for the following subjects: health sciences, STEM, social sciences and arts and humanities. Through these lists, we will share important research information, including funding opportunity updates and more from our partner, the Lewis-Burke Associates. Though it will vary by list, subscribers can expect regular, and at times frequent, emails. Click here to sign up for the new email lists.


Core Spotlight: Instrumentation Resource Facility - School of Medicine

Research Cores at USC are centralized shared research resources that provide access to equipment, instruments, technology and expertise to faculty and investigators and facilitate cutting-edge research to stimulate and increase research productivity and encourage collaboration. This week the Office of Research is highlighting the Instrumentation Resource Facility – School of Medicine (IRF). The IRF provides state-of-the-art biomedical research instrumentation for use in the School of Medicine Columbia and USC Columbia. Visit the IRF website to learn more.


Register now for University Libraries research workshops

Each semester, University Libraries hosts a variety of workshops for members of the USC community on research-related topics, including research data management, digital publishing and text analysis. Over the next week, University Libraries will host two workshops: Creating Digital Projects: Omeka, which will take place virtually, and Getting Started with Digital Humanities Tools which will be in-person in Thomas Cooper Library Room 118. During the Getting Started with Digital Humanities Tools workshop, there will be plenty of time for experimentation and to work directly with instructors on your projects, so be sure to bring a laptop and your ideas for digital humanities projects. Visit the University Libraries workshops page to learn more and sign up for these exciting workshops.


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