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Undergraduate Research

Award Requirements

Congratulations, and welcome to the Magellan Scholar community!
This information will help smooth the way as you embark on your research journey, but remember ... don't hesitate to contact the OUR — we are here for you!

Steps to success

*Questions about money? Please see the "Using Your Money" page.

The first three steps are generally done at the very beginning of your grant and typically only once:

  • Complete the grant review quiz in Blackboard within one month of award notification.

  • Complete the CITI Responsible Conduct of Research on-line training. Use our How-To Guide [pdf] to access CITI training. (*NOTE CITI training is valid for 3 years. The completion report can be accessed throughout this time in the CITI system.)

  • Fulfill compliance requirements for projects involving human or vertebrate animal subjects and/or research abroad. See the Application guidebook or Terms and Conditions for more information.

Every semester:

  • Register your project at the beginning of the semester that your grant project period starts, and re-register every semester you work on the project. 

  • Maintain consistent effort toward completing your project during the grant period. 

At the end of your grant period (depending on your academic year, this might be different than the end of your project):

  • Present your research at one USC-sponsored events: Spring Discover USC (preferred), Summer Poster Symposium, or Fall Showcase. (*NOTE while only one presentation is required for your award, we welcome and encourage students to present while the project is in progress AND at the end, as a way to showcase your experience.)

  • Submit a one- to two-page research report [pdf] PLUS pictures. This report must be reviewed and approved by your mentor prior to submission to our office through Blackboard. Your report is due one month after grant enddate or before graduation, whichever is first. For group projects, please review the research report guidelines for important instructions.


Requirements, Terms, and Conditions Documents

Be sure to read this document in its entirety to understand what is expected of Magellan Scholars to keep your grant money. 


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