Program Dates: 17 May 2024 - 1 Aug 2023

The USC Summer Scholars in Operations Management and Data Science Program aims to expose exceptional undergraduates in mathematics, computer science, and engineering to cutting-edge research in Operations Managment and Operations Research. This exclusive opportunity partners undergraduates with faculty mentors from the Data Sciences and Operations Department at USC Marshall to inspire the next generation of scholars in the field.

SoCal OR and OM workshop on cutting-edge operations research

Unique Benefits

Past participants have gone on to win the INFORMS Undergraduate Scholarship to attend the INFORMS Annual Meeting in the fall.
Network USC Marshall Faculty Mentors

Two Roles: Mentee or Research Assistant

The goal of this program is to support and encourage undergraduates to pursue graduate study in operations management and operations research. What that ``support" looks like is largely up to you! There are two possibile roles:


Admitted applicants that committ to a full-time research role with a faculty mentor for 10 weeks (i.e., not also at external internship) with regular in-person meetings are eligible for a $5,000 stipend. Admitted applicants that engage in part-time research may be eligible for reduced stipends. Admitted applicants that only seek mentee roles are not eligible for a stipend. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide housing assistance at this time.

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for this exceptional opportunity, applicants must:

How to Apply (Deadline: 17 April 2023)

To apply, please email Vishal Gupta ( ) with the subject line: ``2023 USC Summer Scholars in OM and Data Science" and include following materials:

Ok... But what is Operations Research?

Operations research (OR) and (its sister field Operations Management (OM)) is a multidisciplinary field that uses mathematical modeling, statistical analysis, and optimization techniques to design, analyze and optimize complex systems and processes. The goal is to make a positive impact on society, businesses and organizations. Researchers use mathematical tools to study a wide-range of problems, from how to design sustainable supply-chains, to how to combat ideological polarization, to how to avoid unintentional discrimination in algorithmic decision-making and AI systems. Indeed, most of our faculty at USC Marshall have undergraduate degrees in other fields -- mathematics, computer science, economics, statistics -- but gravitated towards OR and OM for to work on technically challenging problems whose solution would make not only theoretical, but also tangible, real-world impact. With the rise of AI and data science, OR and OM remain an exciting career path for mathematically inclined individuals to apply their skills to make a meaningful impact on society.


Email: Vishal Gupta (

Don't miss out! Apply before 17 April 2023!