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Undergraduate Research

Magellan Ambassadors

Magellan Ambassadors are motivated students who have participated in undergraduate research and wish to share their research experiences with other undergraduate students! As a part of this team, you will learn more about the Office of Undergraduate Research, polish your presentation skills, and network with fellow researchers across campus.


Magellan Ambassador applications for the  2024-2025 academic year are closed. Applications for the 2025-2026 academic year will open in early Spring, 2025.

Who Is Eligible

You must...

  • Be enrolled as a degree-seeking undergraduate student  at USC 
  • Be in good standing with the university
  • Have a research faculty mentor
  • Demonstrate a willingness to learn more about the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) and the role it plays on campus
  • Demonstrate public speaking and communication skills

NOTE: Ambassadors may have conducted research as volunteer experiences, independent study courses, or through grant (not limited to OUR) or departmental funding, etc.


  • Attend mandatory training in the fall (Monday, August 19, 2024; 12 pm - 5 pm)
  • Attend monthly staff meetings and one-on-one meetings with supervisor (based on Ambassador schedules)
  • Actively participate in outreach events throughout the academic year (including University 101 presentations, tabling events, campus partner and student organization presentations, and more!)
  • Volunteer at Discover USC
  • Maintain knowledge about the services offered through the Office of Undergraduate Research
  • Serve as a role model and peer leader in the USC community 

Students will NOT be asked to miss class to participate in Ambassador events.


  • Build presentation and verbal communication skills
  • Be a part of a community of undergraduate researchers
  • Network with peers, staff and faculty of the university, and potential new students through sharing about your undergraduate research experience
  • Strong resume-building experience
  • Undergraduate research polo shirt and university-branded nametag

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.