Diversity @ Marshall

At USC Marshall, we believe that successful solutions to business problems depend on having access to the widest range of ideas, opinions and experiences. By cultivating a diverse pool of Ph.D. students, we are helping redefine the academic business community of the 21st century.

The Ph.D. Project. Since 1994, the PhD Project has more than tripled the number of minority business school professors, who inspire a new generation of business professionals. Participation is available to anyone of African-American, Hispanic American and Native American descent interested in business doctoral studies. USC Marshall currently has three Ph.D. Project scholars, Chaumanix DuttonMaurice Murphy & Merrick Osborne, and actively recruits at the annual Ph.D. Project conference. Learn more and apply to the conference: http://www.phdproject.org/

McNair Research Conferences. The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO program designed to prepare undergraduate students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. McNair participants are either first-generation college students with financial need, or members of a group that is traditionally underrepresented in graduate education and have demonstrated strong academic potential. USC Marshall currently has one former McNair Scholar and actively recruits at McNair Scholar conferences throughout the U.S. (See upcoming events on our Recruiting Events page.) Learn more about the McNair Scholars Program: http://mcnairscholars.com/

California Forums for Diversity in Graduate Education. The California Forums for Diversity in Graduate Education, planned by a consortium of public and private colleges and universities from throughout California, have been designed particularly to meet the needs of advanced undergraduates and master's candidates who belong to groups that are currently underrepresented in doctoral-level programs. The groups include low-income and first-generation college students and especially African Americans, American Indians, Chicanos/Latinos, Filipinos, Pacific Islanders, Asian American women, and Asian American men in the arts, humanities, and social and behavioral sciences. USC Marshall actively recruits at the Forums. Learn more: http://www.ucop.edu/forum-for-diversity/recruiters/

Chaumanix Dutton

Chaumanix Dutton
PhD Candidate in Marketing - 4th Year

 

I chose to pursue my Marketing PhD at USC Marshall because I wanted to get training from some of the best faculty in the field. Our faculty is incredibly research active, having served as editors of top journals, chairs of major conferences, and authors of leading marketing books. As a Consumer Behavior (CB) student, I have found the faculty, regardless of sub-discipline (CB, quantitative, or strategy) to be accessible and willing to guide me to become a better researcher. PhD students are encouraged to get involved in research early in the program, and it is not uncommon to see research collaborations between faculty and students from the different research sub-disciplines. A second reason I chose Marshall was the strength of the other graduate programs at USC. I have supplemented my Marshall doctoral seminars with PhD coursework in psychology and communications, which broadened my research toolkit, increased my theoretical knowledge, and gave me exposure to other faculty and students. I have found the other Marshall PhD students to be incredibly supportive and collaborative – always willing to help, provide suggestions, or even just encourage you before presentations. In addition, its location in Los Angeles offers unparalleled opportunities for field research: you can conduct field studies in various locations in the city, and you may be able to partner with a local company to do research with them. I am in the dissertation phase of the program now, and I am finding all of these aspects of the Marshall PhD program to be invaluable as I navigate the dissertation process.  Bonus points for the business school being right across the street from the metro line.

 

Maurice Murphy

Maurice Murphy
PhD Student in Management & Organization - 2nd Year

 

I am truly glad that I made the decision to join the USC-Marshall family as a strategy doctoral student in the Management and Organization Department. Although I am only a second year PhD student, I have had the opportunity to engage with students and faculty from across my department, the business school, and the university. This exposure to diverse cultures, people, ideas, and research topics, which is a hallmark of the USC-Marshall PhD experience, has helped me to further develop my own academic research agenda moving forward. In addition to benefitting from Marshall’s diverse community, I have also profited from the rigorous theoretical and methodological training, which is imparted to all PhD students; however, what has truly made the difference for me throughout my doctoral studies has been the supportive and collegial environment that the faculty, staff, and advanced doctoral students have continued to foster. This positive organizational ethos has helped to ease my transition to academic life at a top research university and has allowed me to be successful thus far in my academic program. In short, I strongly encourage those interested in becoming the academic thought leaders in the business schools of tomorrow to apply to the Marshall PhD Program today.

 

Merrick Osborne

Merrick Osborne
PhD Student in Management & Organization – 1st Year

 

It's important to feel valued and supported in any program you attend - however, success in the intensive, challenging environment of a PhD program requires it. I am happy to say that my time as a PhD student in the Marshall School of Business at USC has been filled with invigorating experiences, ranging from one-on-one faculty meetings to department meetings to run-ins with other students. These experiences have been constant reminders that I am welcomed, valued, supported, and incorporated into the Marshall family. Even though it is easy to feel lost at a big school as a person of color, I never have to look further than my advisers to gather the courage and tenacity that I need. My voice is heard, and my perspective as an evolving scholar is valued. I am able to cultivate my identity as an academic while not sacrificing my identity as a black man. By maintaining my authenticity, I am able to become a better thinker, researcher, and contributor to my academic community. For that, I thank the supportive faculty, my brilliant peers, and the variety of programs that USC and the Marshall Business School offers

Brad Rava

Brad Rava
PhD Student in Data Sciences & Operations – 2nd Year

 

I am a PhD student in the department of Data Sciences and Operations. I work with the statistics group. From the get go, I was paired with my advisors and we immediately started talking about potential research avenues to pursue. This was very helpful since it helped me immediately find my place in the department and inform the coursework I was going to take. Through our seminar series and research forum, I continually am exposed to the great research going on in DSO and feel inspired to explore areas that may not directly be related to my current work. Thanks to the very low student to faculty ratio, every student feels important and this has allowed my own cohort to grow closer together. I also enjoy the opportunity to take courses in the Viterbi School of Engineering and the Math Department, allowing me to use the interdisciplinary resources of the university to aid my own work. Currently, I am working on problems in asymmetric classification where I try to control specific mistakes machine learning algorithms can make under a user desired threshold. Another project of mine looks at large numbers of systematic probability estimates for a certain event and adjusts them so that the estimates are closer to the true probabilities of that event occurring. My work is directly related to real world phenomena which makes it fulfilling to pursue.   In general, USC Marshall has provided me with a tremendous amount of resources to be a successful graduate student and I already feel confident that if I keep on the correct path, I will be a competitive candidate when entering the job market.