Welcome to the first ever SoCal GPS! The SoCal GPS Conference is aimed at promoting graduate school (M.S. & Ph.D.) to underrepresented minorities, first generation, and low income individuals in Southern California and its neighboring areas.
A welcome message by the Dean of USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and your 2020 conference chairs. Highlights of the importance of graduate study in engineering.
|Dean Yortsos||Morning Session Zoom Link|
A few kind words by Dr. Douglas Orellana, ManTech’s VP of Intelligent Systems Engineering. Prepare yourself to be inspired as we kick off the day’s full lineup of events.
|9AM-9:50AM||Intro to Grad School
Learn about the basics. Why should you pursue a postgraduate degree? What are some of the initial points to consider as you get ready to embark on the application journey?
|Dean Kelly Goulis|
Applying and Funding Grad School
Begin the application process. Learn how to apply and the various ways to receive funding for your degree. Everything from deadlines and requirements to how you can maximize the payment options for your grad school investment.
|Asst. Dean Cami Lee|
|Kevin Henry/Andy Chen|
|11:30-12:20||PhD Programs: What to Expect
Commit to a PhD Program. Receive tips on applying, developing your research portfolio, approaching and selecting potential advisors. Learn about what faculty members are looking for in a student, and ways to set yourself up for success.
|Dr. Andrea Armani|
|12:30-1:30PM||Lunch Break and USC Virtual Tour
Explore USC. Join the conference’s student planning committee for lunch, as we take a virtual tour of campus and answer any questions you may have about getting here. Network with your fellow participants!
|Rotating 1:30-2:50PM||MS/PhD Career Panel
Let the career objective discussions begin. Participate in a rotating panel Q&A with industry leaders, as they share insight on how grad school played a role in helping them reach their professional goal.
|Career Panelists||Afternoon Session Zoom Link|
|Rotating 3:00PM-4:20PM||MS/PhD Academic Panel
Continue onto the path to academia. Participate in a rotating panel Q&A with some of the greatest minds in STEM, as they highlight the benefits of foregoing industry in favor of research and labs.
|Rotating 4:30PM-5:50PM||MS/PhD Grad Student Panel
Lessons learned from your peers. Participate in a rotating panel Q&A with current MS and PhD students, as they offer recommendations on the process and give you first-hand accounts on how to get the most out of your grad school experience.
|Grad Student Panelists|
Walk away empowered. A few parting words from Dean Brandi Jones, Vice Dean for Viterbi’s Diversity and Strategic Initiatives.
|Dean Brandi Jones|