University of Southern California Ph.D. Student: Biomedical Engineering M.S. Mechanical Engineering, 2017 B.S. Biomedical Engineering, minor: Art History, 2015 Currently, Joycelyn is the Vice President of Administration of the Graduate School Government (GSG), the Vice President of the Graduate Students of Biomedical Engineering (GSBME), and the outgoing President of the Viterbi Graduate Student Association (VGSA). As a representative of the BME Department and the Viterbi School of Engineering, she helps coordinate academic, social, and corporate events for her peers. Outside of research, Joycelyn participates in the Health, Technology, and Engineering Program (HTE@USC) and collaborates with Keck School of Medicine students to develop innovative healthcare technologies. In her free time, she enjoys scuba diving, exploring new eats with her friends, and dabbling in various arts and crafts. After receiving her PhD, Joycelyn plans to work in the medical device industry as a research & development engineer.
For a majority of my life, my family spent July 4th at San Marino’s Lacy Park or at my brother’s high-rise apartment in downtown LA. This year, however, my brother planned a surprise event and kept it secret until we hit the road. We were headed towards Hollywood, but I was genuinely in the dark about where we were going. … Read More
Birthday Dinner at Everson Royce Bar
One of the best parts of studying at USC is being fully immersed in the incredible city of Los Angeles. Because many of my extended family members also live in LA, we often get to experience new restaurants, events, and activities together. Whether it’s for special occasions, like birthdays and anniversaries, or for random get-togethers, we always seek out exciting … Read More
LA’s Best New Restaurant: Nightshade
For Father’s Day this year, my immediate family went to Nightshade, a unique Asian-influenced concept led by Top Chef winner Mei Lin. Located in the ever-upcoming Arts District, the converted warehouse space was incredibly aesthetically pleasing. We had tried their signature mapo tofu lasagna at my cousin’s house earlier in the year (for the Game of Thrones series finale party!) … Read More
Freshening Up with KonMari
By now, the whole world seems to have heard of Marie Kondo and her method of decluttering and organizing your home. With her best-seller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up that has been published in more than 30 countries, and her hit Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, Ms. Kondo has inspired a wave of people to take a … Read More
Mother’s Day in SF
For Mother’s Day, I just so happened to be in San Francisco the same time my aunt was visiting my cousin and her 9-month-old son. It had only been a couple of months since I last saw them, but it was nice having time to catch up nonetheless. We had many relaxing brunches and dinners, with multiple long walks to … Read More
2019 Graduation Festivities!
Congratulations to the Class of 2019!! Last week, I was able to take part in so many events to celebrate those that graduated from their many different degree programs this year. Some highlights were participating in the Wall of Scholars dedication in Leavey Library with my ever-supportive parents, attending the Honorary Degrees Dinner, and walking with the platform party at … Read More
Collaborations Between Academia and Industry
PhD students are often working on and developing technologies with potential to translate well into market and industry. Every university handles patenting differently, but here at USC, the USC Stevens Center for Innovation accepts all invention disclosures, encourages collaborations with external companies, and aids with licensing the intellectual property (IP) when the technology is ready to be commercialized. After a … Read More
CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-Hop
The Annenberg Space for Photography, located in the bustle of Century City, has a new exhibit in town and it is absolutely stunning. On display from April 26th to August 18th of this year, CONTACT HIGH visually documents the early beginnings and rise of the cultural phenomenon that has now become mainstream – hip-hop. Highlighting and celebrating the photographers and … Read More
The Big One: Your Survival Guide
For anyone who lives in California, KPCC’s latest podcast, The Big One, is a perfect reminder that disaster is inevitable. The good news is that we have time to prepare for it, to truly reduce how much we will have to endure when the big earthquake finally comes. Over the course of 9 episodes, Jacob Margolis walks us through many … Read More
Career Opportunities in Consulting for PhDs!
Did you know that there are incredible career opportunities for doctoral candidates beyond the classic options of academia and industry? As I finish up my fourth year in my PhD program, I am talking to more and more individuals that went in different directions after they defended. There are many paths that you can head down with an advanced degree. … Read More
Adventures in Costa Rica
One of my core groups of friends from undergrad has made it a mission to get together at least once a year. The five of us all live really far apart from one another. Right now, we’re in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Austin, and San Jose, Costa Rica. There isn’t a single overlap at all! Last year, … Read More
Glamping at Autocamp Yosemite
For the early quarter of this year, my aunt from Hong Kong took a sabbatical and spent time with us here in California! Staying at my parent’s house, she seized every opportunity to explore Los Angeles before taking little trips to Palm Springs, San Diego, Seattle, and more. Although I had gone camping a few times in the national parks … Read More