USC Diploma in Innovation
The Diploma in Innovation is a highly selective program for current Ph.D. students in STEM disciplines; the program is designed to complement disciplinary scholarship with practical skills and creative perspectives that will help students become leaders of their chosen fields. At USC, we embrace the principle that engineers and scientists are often positioned at the center of innovation and entrepreneurship, and thus they can benefit from understanding the bridge between academia and the marketplace.
$2,250 NSF site grants are awarded to teams whose proposed projects demonstrate the potential to push the boundaries of existing scholarship by translating novel ideas into tangible benefits to society. Upon completion of the program, the most outstanding projects will earn the USC Ph.D. students from each team the Diploma in Innovation, a signature honor that USC awards to students who have demonstrated exemplary ability to collaborate in pursuit of innovative solutions or scholarship that will have lasting impact.