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New Scholars

Congratulations and welcome to the Trojan Family!

You are joining USC at a pivotal point in our history.  We’ve just announced the largest fundraising campaign in the history of higher education, and we’re putting the finishing touches on our next strategic vision that will guide the university as we continue to attract the best students, faculty and postdoctoral scholars from around the world.

At USC, you will join a vibrant community of postdocs who are being trained by our best research faculty and engaging in cutting-edge research using the latest technology.  We have a strong Postdoctoral Association at USC, and we provide them with funding to help create a connected and trained postdoctoral community through professionalization and social events.  Please read their welcome letter here.

Our Provost, Elizabeth Garrett, established the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs because she is fully aware of how important postdoctoral scholars are to the research mission of the university.  In fact, she intends to dramatically increase the number of postdoctoral scholars at USC over the coming years.  She is also aware of the increasingly important role that postdoctoral training plays in the Humanities, and every year we welcome a class of Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholars in the Humanities, a program she created and also intends to expand.

While you are here, we want you to take advantage of all the events that happen on campus every day.  We especially invite you to attend the Visions and Voices events.

We’re glad you chose USC at this important stage or your career and we look forward to hearing about your successes.


Michael Quick, PhD
Interim Provost
Professor of Biological Sciences




Mark Todd, PhD
Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs