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Center for Applied Mathematical Sciences

The Center for Applied Mathematical Sciences is an organized research unit based in the Department of Mathematics at USC. The purpose of CAMS is to foster research and graduate education in Mathematics in a broad sense and in an interdisciplinary mode. One goal of the center’s participants is to facilitate and encourage the development of applicable mathematics and its utilization in problems in engineering and the sciences.

Center for Chinese Fossil Discoveries

The Center for Chinese Fossil Discoveries, a joint venture between the Dinosaur Institute of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the Department of Earth Sciences of the University of Southern California, coordinates research programs focused on Chinese fossil discoveries, including the research programs of several professors at USC and curators at the NHM. The Center aims to support graduate students and postdoctoral fellows (Chinese and American), and to establish collaborative research programs with universities and museums in China.

Center of Excellence in NanoBiophysics

Research: The Center of Excellence in NanoBiophysics supports faculty and students across the university in the study of molecular nano-assembly, structures and functions. Housed in the Dornsife College, the Center is used by research programs in structural biology, nanotechnology, anomedicine, molecular biology, biochemistry, and materials sciences.

Center for Quantum Information Science and Technology

The mission of the USC Center for Quantum Information Science & Technology (CQIST) is to advance fundamental experimental and theoretical knowledge in relevant areas of Engineering and Physical Science. We mentor graduate and postdoctoral research, sponsor a vigorous visiting scholars program, develop and teach novel QIST-based courses, organize international conferences and workshops, and hold regular seminar series.

Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute

Aware of the need for a long-range program of basic research and graduate education in the field of hydrocarbon chemistry, the University of Southern California established its “Hydrocarbon Research Institute” in 1977. The University renamed the Institute the Donald P. and Katherine B. Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute in honor of the Lokers in 1984.

Southern California Earthquake Center

The SCEC community advances earthquake system science through three basic activities: (a) gathering information from seismic and geodetic sensors, geologic field observations, and laboratory experiments; (b) synthesizing knowledge of earthquake phenomena through physics-based modeling, including system-level hazard modeling; and (c) communicating our understanding of seismic hazards to reduce earthquake risk and promote community resilience.

Space Science Center

Work at SSC involves both laboratory and space based investigations of photoabsorption and emission processes in atomic and molecular gasses in the spectral region from the extreme ultraviolet through the infrared. Missions include rocket launches at White Sands Missile Range (usually during the summer), experiments aboard the orbital platforms, e.g. Space Shuttles, onboard the Solar Heliospheic Observatory (SOHO), and the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).

USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies

The mission of the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies is to inspire global environmental solutions through frontier research and education.