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USC Student Opportunities for Academic Research (SOAR)



The SOAR program provides funding to Dornsife undergraduates for participation as a research assistant in a faculty member's project. The purpose of SOAR is to connect students with faculty members and their research; it allows all students to be mentored one-on-one by USC faculty, introduces students early in their academic careers to the process of serious scholarly inquiry, and fosters valuable relationships between students and faculty. Please note that we do not fund independent research projects, including those related to 490 courses or honors theses. For students interested in summer undergraduate research funding, please visit the SURF/SHURE page. Students interested in pursuing independent research should apply for PURF, the Provost's Undergraduate Research Fund, instead. SOAR is for research during the fall and spring semesters of the academic year. Funding applications are accepted for the first five weeks of fall (fall deadline September 20, 2017) and the first three weeks of spring semester (spring deadline January 24, 2017). Must not have already received the maximum SOAR grant during the academic year for which you are applying. Up to $1000 can be awarded per student, per academic year, regardless of whether it will be used for one semester or spanning both fall and spring semesters. A recipient of the Provost Fellowship (PURF) will not be contemporaneously considered for a SOAR grant (likewise with other funding; a student's total funding sources should not exceed $1000).


Eligiblity Information

Academic Level:

Age minimum or maximum:*

Open to international students:

Required to demonstrate financial need:

Discipline Area(s):
Arts and Humanities, Life Sciences/ Health Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences
Other: Dornsife major

Minimum GPA:
If yes, what is the minimum? 3.0

Demographic Information (preferred or required):
USC students

Award type:
Research Grant

Amount Awarded:


Application Information:

Application Deadline:

Date application is available:

USC endorsement required:

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