Thomas Sapsford
Candidate: Ph.D., Classics
USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

2017 Academic Honors Convocation

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On Monday, April 17, 2017, nine distinguished USC Ph.D. candidates across various programs were honored at the Academic Honors Convocation for their superior research, dissertations, academic teaching abilities and strengthening the Trojan community. Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship The Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship supports outstanding graduate students in the humanities and social sciences in finishing the final […]

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Why Does a Heart Break?

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Mysteries of the heart are explored through literature, poetry, and cinema, requiring us to examine and reexamine great loves and great loves lost. But what about the mysteries of an actual “broken heart” – the medical questions that surround when our hearts do not work the way they are intended to do. Prashan De Zoysa, […]

Understanding People and Product Appeal – Electronic Cigarettes

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Doctoral student Nicholas Goldenson conducts research as a member of the University of Southern California Health, Emotion, and Addiction Laboratory (USC-HEAL) and is a trainee in the USC Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (USC TCORS).  His research is focused on understanding the determinants of e-cigarette appeal and dependence to provide the federal government with comprehensive […]

Laura Corrales-Diaz Pomatto is a fifth-year PhD Candidate at the USC Davis School of Gerontology.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Panel Recap

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The Graduate School hosted a Research and Fellowships Week panel on the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship program. Current USC NSF PhD students and Graduate School staff offered this advice on why and how apply for this prestigious fellowship: Illustrate in your application an interdisciplinary approach to your research.   Remember the NSF […]

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Fellowship Boot Camp Profile: Kelly Zvobgo

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Fellowship Boot Camp 2016 runs August 2 – August 12. Boot Camp is an opportunity for students to maximize the impact of their fellowship application. The following is a brief profile of a Boot Camp participant, Kelly Zvobgo. PhD, Political Science and International Relations Research objective: I’m interested in human rights, specifically human rights instruments. […]

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Fellowship Boot Camp profile: Eugene Yoon

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Fellowship Boot Camp 2016 runs August 2 – August 12. Boot Camp is an opportunity for students to maximize the impact of their fellowship application. The following is a brief profile of a Boot Camp participant, Eugene Yoon. MAJOR: Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering RESEARCH OBJECTIVE: Retinal prosthesis implants, which means that there’s a device that will […]

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Q&A with USC PhD student Leslie Berntsen

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Leslie Berntsen, a USC PhD candidate specializing in brain and cognitive science in the Department of Psychology, won the 2016 Wilbert J. McKeachie Teaching Excellence Award! She’s about to start her fourth year teaching a class called Psychological Science & Society to high school students enrolled in USC Summer Programs. She’s also serving her second year as the Chair of the CET […]