University of Southern California
National Society of Black Engineers - USC Chapter

Research, Workshops
& Graduate School Programs

Summer Research Programs

We encourage any student interested in graduate school to apply for Research Experiences for Undergraduates Programs (REU). These 8-10 week programs are offered at various universities across the country, include work, travel & housing stipends, and offer the best exposure into post-graduate level research.

Please check the following websites for a complete list of REU opportunities:


  • Turner School of Construction
    • The Turner School of Construction Management is a fifteen class - seven (7) week program offered by Turner across the country to M/W/DBE firms at NO COST to the participants and is conveniently held twice in the year.
    • Each session begins with a kick-off reception that gives a chance for participants, instructors and partners such as your company to meet and network with one another prior of the start of classes. Classes begin the next day and are offered two nights per week (Tuesday and Thursday) for three hours (6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.).
    • Email Michelle Smith-Ballard (

Graduate School Programs

  • USC Progressive Degree Program
    • The Progressive Degree Program (PDP) gives continuing USC undergraduates another path to earning a Master’s degree from USC. The main advantages to a Progressive Degree are 1) the option to start graduate-level classes during the senior year, and 2) a reduction in units required for the Master’s Degree.
  • The National GEM Consortium
    • GEM is a unique and powerful connection to a national network of universities and employers. This partnership promotes the participation of underrepresented groups in post-graduate science and engineering education and the technical workforce. The employees shaping our nation's ability to remain a global leader in innovation and economic prosperity must fully utilize the talents of all Americans and reflect the country's changing demographics.