Why USC ?
In choosing a graduate school, a student must carefully examine the research
conducted in the department and also within the university overall. Unlike
undergraduate education, which is dominated by formal courses, a graduate
education means principally learning about and doing research. Here there
is close contact between students and faculty. A friendly and informal
atmosphere maximizes interaction between students and other researchers.
A strong emphasis is placed on your needs as a student, and our program
is aimed at developing deep scientific understanding and maturity. Our
faculty are actively engaged in research, and incoming students are assured
of a wide selection of faculty to work with in many areas. The broad spectrum
of research interests within the department covers many emerging interdisciplinary
fields as well as traditional areas of chemistry.
Research funding in the department is nearly $8 million per year. Along
with the faculty, over 100 graduate students, 60 postdoctoral researchers,
and dozens of undergraduate students are engaged in research. Publications
are numerous, and the faculty's research and teaching accomplishments
are constantly being recognized through national and international awards.
This was highlighted by the 1994
Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Prof. George Olah.