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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, May 2, 2024

Generative AI workshop series through the University Libraries

USC Libraries will offer an introductory series of workshops on generative AI in May. The goal of these workshops is to provide a starting point for students, faculty, researchers and staff to learn about AI, find out what's happening with AI on campus and discover AI-related resources that are available through the University Libraries. Please go to the library workshops page to see more details and register for one or more of the upcoming Gen AI Series Workshops: 

  • Terms and Concepts: Monday, May 6 and Monday, May 13
  • Prompt Engineering: Tuesday, May 7 and Tuesday, May 14
  • Chatbots and Content Generators: Wednesday, May 8 and Wednesday, May 15
  • Building a Research Process Toolkit – Part I: Thursday, May 9 and Thursday, May 16
  • Building a Research Process Toolkit – Part II: Friday, May 10 and Friday, May 17


Hit the highlights from Discover USC 2024

Discover USC grows in attendance and impact yearly. This year we are so excited to boast over 2,750 attendees and a variety of outstanding presentation award winners. Thanks to the participation and efforts of every volunteer, reviewer, mentor and visitor, the event generated awareness of the excellent research scholarship happening at USC and celebrated the hard work of undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral and medical scholars from across the entire USC system. Check out the Discover USC 2024 winners list here


The 2024-2025 Propel program is now accepting applications

The Office of the Vice President for Research is now accepting 2024-2025 Propel applications. Complete application packages are due by Monday, July 1, 2024. The Propel Research Mentorship Program is designed to support faculty members who are new to the federal grants application process or have had success in securing relatively small grant awards, and are ready to apply for an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or a relatively large grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Program activities for the 2024-2025 Propel class will run from August 23, 2024 through May 2, 2025, and participants will submit their proposals no later than June 2025.

Click here to read more and apply for Propel.


Anticipate changes to the NIH and NSF grant process in 2024

Application and peer review processes for NIH and NSF grant funding will be implementing anticipated changes soon. To ensure researchers are well prepared for these changes, the Office of the Vice President for Research will be offering Q&A sessions and further information in the coming weeks. Researchers are encouraged to check out the NSF website (some changes taking effect now) and the NIH blog (changes to policy occur in January 2025) for more information. 



2 May 2024


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