Graduate Top-off Fellowship

Deadlines: March 3. (In the event that a deadline falls upon a weekend or a university holiday, that deadline will move to the first workday following the posted date.)

Award Amount: Top-off awards of $5,000/year for 2 years.

Directions: Department Chairs should submit application materials electronically in digital form to the WiSE program office at wiseprog@usc.edu.

Graduate Top-Off Fellowship funds are available to facilitate the recruitment of outstanding doctoral students to USC. The funds provide four incoming Ph.D. students in WiSE-eligible departments in the USC Dornsife College and four incoming Ph.D. students in the Viterbi School of Engineering with a WiSE Fellowship to supplement their financial support packages. Each WiSE Fellowship will carry a stipend of $5,000 and may be renewed for a second year pending satisfactory progress verified by the faculty advisor.

Each department may nominate candidates based on the size of the department or section’s PhD Program, as follows:

  • departments/sections with 1-75 students: max of 1 nomination
  • departments/sections with 76-175 students: max of 2 nominations
  • departments/sections with > 175 students: max of 3 nominations

Departments with more than one nomination should rank the nominees. Nominations and supporting documentation should be submitted electronically.

Goal: The primary goal of the Graduate Top-Off Fellowship program is to facilitate the recruitment of outstanding doctoral students to USC. Funds from the WiSE program provide $5,000 stipends to each of four incoming Ph.D. students in USC Dornsife and the Viterbi School of Engineering and may be renewed for a second year pending good progress in the student’s program.

Eligibility: Up to four non-transferrable fellowships are offered to entering PhD students in WiSE-eligible departments in the USC Dornsife and USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Candidates must have already been awarded full departmental and/or university support equivalent to a 50% graduate assistantship (for instance, a 50% graduate assistantship, a 50% teaching assistantship, or some combination thereof). The WiSE Fellowship will then be used to “top-off” the existing regular support offer.

Nomination Process: Each WiSE-eligible department is allowed to nominate candidate(s) based on PhD program size (please rank if more than one). The nomination materials must be submitted electronically by the deadline to the WiSE Program office at wiseprog@usc.edu. Any faculty member (research or tenure track) with Ph.D. supervision privileges is eligible to submit nominations through their department. Research faculty without these privileges may also apply together with a tenure-track member in an advisory role. The following information must be submitted for each nominee:

  • A copy of the student’s application for admission which should include GRE scores, GPA for undergraduate and graduate studies (if applicable), research statement from the candidate’s general application, and at least two letters of support from previous mentors.
  • A brief statement from the department chair that describes how the support of these students will serve to increase the representation of women in science and engineering.

The WiSE Committee in USC Dornsife College and in the Viterbi School of Engineering will rank the applicants and offers will be extended to the top four candidates in each unit. Funds from the WiSE Program will provide two years of a WiSE Fellowship stipend for each student selected. Departments are encouraged to provide one additional year of the Fellowship for a total of three years as a Top-Off Fellow. Before awarding the second year continuation of the Fellowship, the satisfactory progress of the student will be verified. In the event that a student is not making satisfactory progress, the Fellowship will not be renewed

2017-2018

  • Marisa Papp, Viterbi SoE, Biomedical Engineering
  • Sarah Cooney, Viterbi SoE, Computer Science
  • Emily Reed, Viterbi SoE, Electrical Engineering
  • Brenda Ontiveros, USC Dornsife, Chemisry
  • Rachel Buiter, USC Dornsife, Mathematics
  • Christina Cole, USC Dornsife, Physics and Astronomy

2016-2017

  • Xuan-Truc Nguyen, Viterbi SoE, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
  • Ariel Vaughn, USC Dornsife, Chemistry
  • Xuening Wen, USC Dornsife, Marine Biology
  • Linda Ding, USC Dornsife, Molecular and Computational Biology
  • Reena Joubert, USC Dornsife, Earth Sciences

2015-2016

  • Fatemeh Alishahi, Viterbi SoE, Electrical Engineering
  • Savannah Kapper, USC Dornsife, Chemistry
  • Andrea Suarez, USC Dornsife, Human and Evolutionary Biology
  • Grace Chong, USC Dornsife, Molecular and Computational Biology

2014-2015

  • Siyang Li, Viterbi SoE, Electrical Engineering
  • Rebecca Peer, Viterbi SoE, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Yi-Ching Chiu, Viterbi SoE, Computer Science
  • Sara Marie McCarthy, Viterbi SoE, Computer Science
  • Elizabeth Horcher, Viterbi SoE, Biomedical Engineering
  • Emma Singer, Viterbi SoE, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
  • Beatriz Garcia-Barboza, USC Dornsife, Chemistry
  • Jessica Stellman, USC Dornsife, Earth Sciences
  • Xiling Li, USC Dornsife, Neurobiology
  • Lindsay Bassman, USC Dornsife, Physics and Astronomy

2013-2014

  • Jennifer Smolke, Viterbi SoE, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
  • Audra Bardsley, USC Dornsife, Earth Sciences
  • Beatriz Garcia-Barboza, USC Dornsife, Chemistry

2012-2013

  • Adriana Nicholson, Viterbi SoE, Biomedical Engineering
  • Jennifer Hastings, Viterbi SoE, Computer Science
  • Jennifer Smolke, Viterbi SoE, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
  • Audra Bardsley, USC Dornsife, Earth Sciences
  • Wanlin Guo, USC Dornsife, Neurobiology
  • Heidi Schmid, USC Dornsife, Chemistry
  • Elizabeth Petsios, USC Dornsife, Earth Sciences
  • Natalie Martinez Takeshita, USC Dornsife, Marine Environmental Biology2

2011-2012

  • Adriana Nicholson, Viterbi SoE, Biomedical Engineering
  • Seraina Murphey, Viterbi SoE, Electrical Engineering
  • Wanlin Guo, USC Dornsife, Neurobiology
  • Elizabeth Petsios, USC Dornsife, Earth Sciences
  • Heidi Schmid, USC Dornsife, Chemistry
  • Natalie Martinez Takeshita, USC Dornsife, Marine Environmental Biology

2010-2011

  • Franziska Meier, Viterbi SoE, Computer Science
  • Yi Li, Viterbi SoE, Computer Science
  • Theodora Chaspari, Viterbi SoE, Electrical Engineering – Systems
  • Laura Klein, Viterbi SoE, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Jaimie Stomberg, USC Dornsife, Chemistry
  • Leslie Bateman, USC Dornsife, Chemistry
  • Johanna Holm, USC Dornsife, Marine Environmental Biology

2009-2010

  • Kristen Pudenz, Viterbi SoE, Electrical Engineering
  • Franziska Meier, Viterbi SoE, Computer Science
  • Rachel Millin, USC Dornsife, Biology
  • Jaimie Stomberg, USC Dornsife, Chemistry

2008-2009

  • Yuan Li, Viterbi SoE, Computer Science
  • Kristen Pudenz, Viterbi SoE, Electrical Engineering
  • Rowan Martindale, USC Dornsife, Earth Science
  • Katarzyna Wasilewska, USC Dornsife, Mathematics
  • Rachel Millin, USC Dornsife, Biological Sciences

2007-2008

  • Keriann Oertell, USC Dornsife, Chemistry
  • Yi Chen Chang, USC Dornsife, Physics
  • Katarzyna Wasilewska, USC Dornsife, Mathematics
  • Rowan Martindale, USC Dornsife, Earth Science
  • Yuan Li, Viterbi SoE, Computer Science

2006-2007

  • Yen-Ming Lee, Viterbi SoE, Industrial & Systems Engineering
  • Neta Wescher, USC Dornsife, Earth Science
  • Wan-Kung Kuo, USC Dornsife, Physics
  • Keriann Oertell, USC Dornsife, Chemistry
  • Yi Chen Chang, USC Dornsife, Physics

2005-2006

  • Nazli Kahveci, Viterbi SoE, Electrical Engineering
  • Feili Hou, Viterbi SoE, Computer Science
  • Yen-Ming Lee, Viterbi SoE, Industrial & Systems Engineering
  • Jessica Quinn, USC Dornsife, Chemistry
  • Jessica Coe, USC Dornsife, Mathematics
  • Neta Wescher, USC Dornsife, Earth Science
  • Wan-Kung Kuo, USC Dornsife, Physics

2004-2005

  • Jessica Coe, USC Dornsife, Mathematics
  • Jessica Quinn, USC Dornsife, Chemistry
  • Ilana Gilg, USC Dornsife, Biology
  • Andrea Coleen Hamill, Viterbi SoE, Chemical Engineering
  • Heather Boni, Viterbi SoE, Biomedical Engineering
  • Nazli Kahveci, Viterbi SoE, Electrical Engineering
  • Feili Hou, Viterbi SoE, Computer Science
  • Sangeetha Somayajula, Viterbi SoE, Electrical Engineering Systems