The program provides a unique opportunity for talented students to participate in dynamic academic and social activities.
The program is open to qualified students in any year of undergraduate study. Incoming students who have demonstrated exceptional academic abilities are invited to join the Honors Program during the admission process. Current USC students may also apply to join the Honors Program. Honors students must show and maintain exceptional performance in their cumulative USC GPA.Program Policies
- Fall Retreat
- Weekly lunch with the speakers
- The Honors Colloquium
- Special events such as the End of Semester BBQ and the Senior Brunch
- Students who successfully complete the Honors Program will receive special recognition at commencement
Who was Professor Rusch?
W.V.T Rusch is the founding faculty member of the Engineering Honors Program at the University of Southern California.
Here is some information about Dr. Rusch, his life and accomplishments:
- Request a letter from a Viterbi faculty member recommending you for membership of the Engineering Honors Program. Address the letter to:
Dr. Aluizio Prata, Jr., Faculty Director
Engineering Honors Program
- Complete the Engineering Honors Program Profile Form.
- Submit both the letter of recommendation and profile form together to
Engineering Honors Program
Deadlines vary by semester and are listed below. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.
The Fall Retreat
Fall 2017 Retreat at Alpine Camp and Conference Center
Enjoy a weekend of high and low ropes, climbing, zip line, hiking, air-soft, and camp activities!
Friday, August 18 – Sunday, August 20, 2017
Bus departs from USC at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 18 and
will return to campus by 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 20, 2017
- Eligible incoming and continuing students will receive the exclusive Fall Retreat invitation via email during the week of July 24, 2017.
- The deadline to RSVP online is Friday, August 4, 2017 to let us know that you are interested in attending the Fall Retreat. The spaces are extremely limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
- During the week of August 7, we will email the students who responded by the deadline to notify students of their acceptance for the Fall Retreat.
- Please note that your reservation is finalized only after you have completed the two required liability forms, for USC and for Alpine, and submitted them via email by Friday, August 11. You are also required to send in a refundable deposit check* for $75 made payable to “USC” and mailed to the address below:
EHP – Retreat Registration
Viterbi Admission & Student Affairs
3710 S. McClintock Ave., RTH 110
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2900
*The deposit check will be returned you in full after you attend the retreat.
For additional questions regarding the retreat, please contact:
EHP Program Coordinator
Su Stevens at firstname.lastname@example.org
Weekly Honors Colloquium
The Honors Colloquium is a credit/no-credit seminar class (ENGR 100abcd) that provides students with the opportunity to attend weekly lectures, and have lunch and network with leaders in the field of engineering.
Honors students are expected to complete the colloquium a varying number of times based on when they are admitted to the program. The Honors Program Policies section contains specific information on how many semesters of the Colloquium a student is expected to take.
Every week the students enrolled in the Honors Colloquium are invited, by email to have lunch with the speaker. The lunch is free and the students interested need to promptly reply to this email. Although space constraints limit the number of students that can be accommodated each week, preference is given to earlier responders and students that have not yet had lunch in any given semester.
Considering that about eight students can be accommodated each week, and each colloquium series has about fourteen speakers, each student can reasonably expect to be able to attend lunch at least once per semester. However, since not all students have either the interest or the availability to have lunch with the speaker, past experience has indicated that very interested students can expect to be able to attend lunch multiple times.
Fall 2017 Colloquium Schedule
August 25 – Engineering, Entrepreneurship, and Service, Ms. Luz Rivas, Board of Public Works Commissioner, City of Los Angeles
September 01 – Lessons of Leadership from the Classics, Prof. Max C. L. Nikias, President, University of Southern California
September 08 – Treating Spinal Cord Injury via Electrical Spinal Cord Stimulation, Ms. Ellen Feldman, Fall 2013 Colloquium Moderator and Ph.D. Candidate, California Institute of Technology
September 15 – Engineering Medical Devices, Mr. Mike Lopez, Project Manager at Cianna Medical, Inc.
September 22 – Entrepreneurial Ventures, Mr. Doug Heckmann, Investment Manager at LH Ventures
September 29 – Fascinating Applications of Graphene, Prof. Albert Dato, Department of Engineering, Harvey Mudd College
October 06 – Patenting and Commercializing Early Stage Technologies, Ms. Grace Yee, Senior Licensing Officer, University of California, Riverside
October 13 – The Ocean Below, Dr. David Siegel, Distinguished Professor at the Department of Geography and Earth Research Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara
October 20 – ESA’s Rosetta Mission and the Use of Artificial Intelligence in Orbiter Science Operations, Dr. Steve Chien, Head of the Artificial Intelligence Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
October 27 – TBA
November 03 – Deep Representations of Sensory Data for Intelligent Interaction with Physical Scenes, Prof. Stefano Soatto, Professor of Computer Science, University of California, Los Angeles
November 10 – The Many Impacts of Marijuana, Dr. Rosanna Smart, Associate Economist, RAND Corporation
November 17 – California’s Increasingly Extreme Climate Future, Dr. Daniel Swain, Fellow, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, University of California, Los Angeles
November 24 – Thanksgiving Break
December 01 – End-of-Semester Lunch