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Title: Engineering Graduate Students Association EGSA


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Engineering Graduate Students Association (EGSA)
http//viterbi.usc.edu/egsa Email egsa_at_usc.edu
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Outline
  • About EGSA
  • About EGSL
  • USC Getting Started
  • What it means to be a Trojan!
  • USC Academic Life
  • Trojan Experience
  • Social life
  • Life in LA

3
About EGSA
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Who we are?
  • We are students just like you who like having
    fun!
  • All VSOE students are members of EGSA
  • No Membership Fee
  • Our events are open to all VSOE students and
    their dependents (unless specifically advertised)
  • Our web site http//viterbi.usc.edu/egsa
  • Senator Contacts, Upcoming events, Gallery

5
What we do?
  • Listen to you
  • Voice your concerns
  • Help improve things make life better!
  • With Departments
  • With VSOE
  • With GPSS (Graduate Professional Student Senate)
  • Academic Events
  • Guest Lectures
  • Discussions with Department Chair (s) and Dean

6
What we do?
  • Social Events
  • Gatherings
  • Departmental
  • Ice Cream Socials, Theme Park trips,
  • New year Luncheon, …
  • Inter-Departmental
  • Banquet E-week
  • Music of the World
  • Tailgate
  • Sponsor football game / theme park tickets
  • Support events organized by other organizations
  • Garba, Holi, Diwali AIS, Chinese Moon
    Festival-CSSA, Nowrooz-IGSA, Soccer
    Tournament-IEEE,…

7
Who funds our activities?
  • You
  • We get our funds from the programming fee you pay
    to USC
  • So it is your money!
  • You should attend our events
  • You should send us suggestions, feedback and
    comments

8
Our Board
  • Executive Board
  • President and 3 Vice President (s)
  • Senators
  • One or more representatives from all departments
    under VSOE
  • If you have any concerns regarding your life at
    USC, studies, etc. you should contact your
    department senator

9
About EGSL
10
EGSL
  • Engineering Graduate Student in Liaison
  • Shirin Eghtesadi
  • Having a challenging situation? Do you feel that
    something needs to be changed or improved? Or
    just need to know or say something and don't know
    where to go?

11
What does EGSL do?
  • Ensure that all concerns of the student community
    are handled in the correct manner
  • Email eghtesad_at_usc.edu
  • You can request anonymity.

12
USC Getting Started
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USC step-by-step Getting Started!
  • Passport Verification (International Students
    Only) OIS
  • Holds
  • Academic, immunization, degree verification
    others…(OASIS)
  • Course Advisement Registration
  • D vs R Classes
  • Audit, Credit/No Credit
  • Internet Access First Login
  • USCard (Photo ID)
  • Works like a debit card (discretionary)
  • Bank Account
  • ATM, Debit and Credit cards
  • Be Careful at ATMs!

14
USC step-by-step Getting Started!
  • Fee Payment
  • Health Insurance
  • Student Health Center
  • Tuition Refund Insurance
  • Housing
  • Newsgroups
  • Sports
  • Lyon Center
  • On-campus Job search and SSN
  • California State ID or Drivers License
  • Shopping
  • Make your web site!

15
Facilities
  • To name a few…
  • Libraries
  • Wired and wireless internet
  • Dial-up from home (213) 743-2222 FREE!
  • Sports
  • Tram service (FREE)
  • Campus Cruiser (FREE)
  • Parking

16
USC Libraries
  • How to locate books
  • Hours of operation
  • Location
  • Access to online journals
  • If USC Libraries do not have the book you need
    Try inter-library loan (FREE!)
  • Library officials always looking for suggestions
  • Loan Movies from library

17
USC Academics
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USC Academic Life
  • Life is not just about final exams!
  • Between LecturesAssignmentsProjects
  • All are important
  • Most courses use all/some of them to determine
    your grade
  • Do not let things pile on!
  • Plan your semester
  • Plagiarism!
  • If in doubt, dont do it. ASK!
  • Exams
  • Generally mid-term (s) and final (end-term)
  • Grading policy depends on Professor teaching the
    class
  • Explained generally in Lecture 1 with syllabus

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How to select courses
  • Seek information about course
  • Professor
  • Department Advisor
  • Students who have taken the course
  • Read through syllabus
  • Attend first 3 weeks of classes and then commit!
  • Find out the date of the final exam

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What do Prof.s like ?
  • Attendance
  • Be there (on time)!
  • Ask questions
  • Even if you think people will laugh
  • If you have a doubt ASK!
  • Most Prof.s let you walk in and walk out any
    time from the class
  • Not necessary that you should do it!
  • You can eat and drink in some classrooms

21
USC Academic Life
  • Interaction
  • Talk to your Prof.
  • Know office hours and location (email)
  • Possible research opportunities
  • 590 (Directed Research)
  • Talk to your TA
  • He is there to help you (email)
  • Know office hours and location
  • Other facilities
  • Blackboard
  • Discussion board
  • Online submissions
  • Mailing lists
  • DEN Web-casting
  • Classrooms have multimedia and wireless access

22
Grading System
  • A and A 4.0
  • A- 3.7
  • B 3.3
  • B 3.0
  • B- 2.7
  • …

23
Trojan Experience
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What does it mean to be a Trojan ?
  • High expectations
  • You get instant
  • recognition
  • Among Alumni
  • Among Employers You are special!
  • USC expects you to have the best time of your
    life and provides you with all the facilities and
    opportunities
  • Its a place to harness your talents and skills
  • Cheer every Football win
  • USC at the top!
  • USC vs. UCLA!!! - A must experience event

25
So How is Life at USC?
  • Did you imagine your life at USC to be dull,
    boring and all about books and studies?
  • You were WRONG!
  • Social, Cultural, Academic, Professional,
    Networking events round the year
  • Many on-campus organizations
  • Check out USC Student Organizations web site for
    a list
  • Dance, sports, regional, martial arts,
    meditation, academic etc.
  • EGSA and Departmental events

26
GPSS
  • Graduate Professional Student Senate
  • Its your organization too!
  • Is there to listen to you
  • Campus Safety Chair
  • Intl. Scholars Committee Chair
  • …
  • And voice your concerns to USC Administrators
  • Funds lots of events year around
  • USC Program Board
  • International Students Assembly

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USC One of a kind!
  • Largest International Student Community
  • Your chance to meet people from around the world
  • Learn about other culture (s) while sharing yours
  • Make friends
  • Say Hi to fellow students!
  • At USC you are your nations ambassador

28
Put aside some time for…
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Cooking
  • Cleaning Maintenance
  • Laundry
  • Pay bills, rent, …
  • Hang out, party
  • Movies

29
Safety!
  • Most Important
  • Walk in well-lit areas at night
  • Do not walk alone at 1am in the night!
  • CALL campus cruiser
  • (213-740-4911 or x04911)
  • CALL Department of Public Safety
  • (213-740-6000 or x06000)
  • LAPD (911)

30
Tips on selecting where to stay!
  • Get information
  • How is landlord
  • Past residents, OIS, mailing lists
  • Insect problem
  • Deposit
  • Campus Cruiser and DPS limits

31
Where can you sit and study!
  • Libraries
  • Class rooms
  • Gardens
  • Cafeterias
  • Commons
  • Topping student Center
  • Where ever you like… (choose wisely)

32
Career Opportunities
  • On-campus Job Fairs
  • General
  • Engineering Special
  • Monstertrak
  • Interviewtrak
  • Off-campus Job Fairs

33
Enriching your USC Experience
  • Lectures
  • Departmental
  • Research groups
  • VSOE Lectures
  • Guest Lectures
  • Networking Events
  • USC Career Center
  • Internship and Job search
  • On-campus / Off-campus
  • Courses
  • You are welcome to take any course you like
  • Sports, dance, language, music, art, …

34
Around LA
  • Place to visit
  • Theme Parks Disneyland, Magic Mountain,
    Universal Studios, Sea World
  • Downtown, Shrine, Universal City Walk
  • Shopping Malls, Parks, 3rd street Promenade
    (Santa Monica)
  • Museums Some around USC
  • Big Bear (ski)
  • MTA (1-800-COMMUTE)
  • Bus and Rail service (http//www.mta.net)
  • 3 day pass OR 1.25 per ride (daytime)
  • Cab, shuttle

35
Get Involved!
  • EGSA is YOUR organization
  • Email egsa_at_usc.edu
  • Web Site http//viterbi.usc.edu/egsa
  • Slides available on our web site
  • Join the EGSA mailing list

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EGSA Board
  • President
  • Amit Dhariwal
  • Vice President
  • Nazila Mokarram - Programs
  • Wei Chen - Finance
  • Eva Lee Communication
  • Department Senators
  • Ryan Downey - Astronautics Space Technology
    Division
  • Jay Mung Biomedical Engineering
  • Aviral Mathur - Computer Science
  • Aditya Devdhar - Computer Science
  • Karthikeyan Chockalingam - Civil Environmental
    Engineering
  • Akshay Kumbhar - Electrical Engineering
  • Karan Bheda - Electrical Engineering
  • Soraya Taghavi - Electrical Engineering
  • Naser Khan - Industrial Systems Engineering
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