As President Barack Obama visited the USC campus the Viterbi Office of Doctoral Programs and the Center for Doctoral Programs and the Center for Engineering Diversity hosted 27 talented undergraduate and graduate students who anticipate pursuing Ph.D. studies to
Reaching out and hosting doctoral prospects - like these five
The visitors were the inaugural class of the REACH Program, a three-day, all-expense paid, doctoral preview program. REACH stands for Recruiting Engineering Achievers. REACH is a Viterbi actively recruits high achieving students from all backgrounds into its doctoral degree programs, and particularly students historically underrepresented in the field.
Organizers of REACH are Senior Associate Dean Timothy Pinkston; Associate Dean Margery Berti and Tracy Charles of the Office of Doctoral Programs; and Traci Thomas Navarro and Kevin Henry of the Center for Engineering Diversity.
During their stay, the students met with current students and talked over research opportunities with faculty in their areas of interest.
John Brooks Slaughter, "Mr. Opportunity."
The visit coincided with President Obama's rally on campus and many of the students took a break to see and hear him. Their visit wrapped up with an informal evening at L.A. Live.
The organizers say the REACH event was highly successful, and expect that many of the students involved will seriously consider applying to USC for their doctoral programs
The Reach of REACH - in addition to 27 prospects, numerous Viterbi students and faculty particpatedin the program. Far left, second row, Dean Tim PInkston and Tracy Charles. Far right, same row, Dean Margery Berti