REACH: PhD Preview Program
Spring 2015 Dates TBD*
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California
*Please complete the short interest form below if you would like to be notified when the spring 2015 REACH application is open.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
REACH is a doctoral preview program that takes place at USC’s University Park Campus near downtown Los Angeles. Round-trip transportation, lodging and meals for REACH participants will be paid for by the USC Viterbi School. Attendees who later apply to the USC Viterbi School of Engineering for doctoral study will also have their $85 application fee waived.
In fulfilling our mission, the Viterbi School actively recruits engineering achievers from all backgrounds into its doctoral degree programs, particularly students historically under-represented in the field (African-American, Latino and Native American) and females. Through REACH, under-represented engineering achievers get firsthand exposure to exciting research opportunities, world-class faculty, rich academic programs, and stellar student services and mentoring resources.
Selected participants will have the opportunity to:
- learn about Viterbi School engineering doctoral programs of study
- gain insight on the graduate application, admission and fellowship processes at USC
- interact with current doctoral students, faculty, and staff in the Viterbi School
- find out about summer research opportunities in the Viterbi School
- benefit from special presentations and workshops by faculty and staff
- participate in tours of the USC campus, research labs, and departmental facilities
- experience USC campus life and explore the greater Los Angeles area
Eligible juniors are invited to apply to participate in the REACH program. Exceptional seniors with strong research background who have taken the GRE will also be considered. Only those individuals who have a strong record of academic achievement and are seriously considering Ph.D. study upon graduation are encouraged to apply.
- 3.5 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in undergraduate studies is recommended
- Majors in engineering, applied mathematics, or physical sciences (biology, chemistry, physics)
- Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or a citizen of Canada
- Applications are particularly encouraged from students who are female and/or are Black/African Americans, Latino/Chicano Americans, Native Americans, and Pacific Islanders.
- The online REACH application form, including a 500-word statement of intent
- Two letters of reference submitted by faculty on behalf of the applicant
(Note: a third letter from a faculty, staff person, or researcher is optional)
- Unofficial academic transcript
- Current CV or résume
DIVERSITY AT THE VITERBI SCHOOL
The University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering takes pride as a preeminent engineering institution in sharing the responsibility of producing high-quality and diverse graduates fully reflective of our pluralistic society to fulfill the 21st century technical workforce needs of this country and the global community at large. Through our world-class faculty, rich academic programs, and stellar student services and mentoring resources, we are committed to attracting, retaining, training, graduating and placing outstanding men and women students from all backgrounds and demographic sectors of our multi-cultural, diverse world. Engineering professionals that are life-long learners and equipped with a diversified skill set are best suited to discover, integrate, and adapt to new knowledge and experiences dynamically and effectively as the technology, culture, and needs of the global society continue to evolve. The Viterbi School strives to be a national and international leader in their quest.