Joycelyn Yip

Biomedical Engineering
Doctoral Candidate


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.

ARCS Foundation Luncheon 2017

Posted: November 29, 2017, 10:23pm This year, the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation Los Angeles Founder Chapter hosted the 2017-2018 Scholar Recognition Luncheon at the beautiful Bel-Air Country Club. Having been an ARCS Scholar the year prior, I had the chance to see some of the other students and donors I had met before and reconnect with them. … Read More

Thanksgiving Dinner at USC Health Sciences Campus!

Posted: November 29, 2017, 10:03pm Every year, the incredible Graduate Student Government crew over on the Health Sciences Campus (HSC) hosts a Thanksgiving dinner for all of their constituents. Organizing one of the biggest events in the fall, the HSC team, made up of six directors, used the main dining center on campus and decorated all of the tables and … Read More

The San Francisco Symphony

Posted: November 16, 2017, 12:16am This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to go to San Francisco yet again to visit friends and family. My brother and I got an amazing deal on Southwest, so it was a quick 48-hour trip from Saturday to Monday morning. We obviously had lots of amazing food while we were there – pastries, oysters, … Read More

Homecoming 2017

Posted: November 15, 2017, 7:02pm MY FAVORITE WEEK OF THE YEAR! Almost all of my best friends from undergrad came back to Los Angeles for homecoming this month. Coming from San Francisco, Austin, and St. Louis, we were all reunited to hang out with each other and support our team in beating the Wildcats. Everybody, including the locals, stayed over … Read More

Exploring Knott’s Scary Farm

Posted: November 15, 2017, 6:49pm I’ve been so busy this year that I barely got to think about Halloween!! Typically, I think of and handcraft a costume about a week before, but it totally snuck up on me this fall and I completely missed it. Even though I didn’t get to really celebrate it this year, my friends surprised me … Read More

Presenting at the USC Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Retreat

Posted: November 15, 2017, 6:32pm Last month, I attended my first Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine Departmental Retreat since starting my PhD program. Hosted by the USC department of the same name, this two-day conference brings student researchers, post-docs, faculty, and administrators together to explore the studies being conducted across the university that falls within these exciting fields. Covering … Read More

BMES Annual Meeting in Phoenix

Posted: October 21, 2017, 10:27am The best kind of travel always mixes work and play. This year, the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) Annual Meeting was held in Phoenix, Arizona across four days. Since it was a lot closer than previous conferences (San Antonio, Tampa, Minneapolis to name the last three), we decided to road trip out there and make a … Read More

Neely Center Ethics Competition

Posted: October 21, 2017, 9:52am Having studied engineering for undergraduate at USC, I’ve always been surprised and disappointed at the lack of ethic classes available or required for our coursework. Of course, we already have more units than a majority of other majors, but engineers deal with societal problems that have drastic consequences if solved indifferently. Every single engineering program … Read More

Fall Legislative Action Days

Posted: October 20, 2017, 5:52pm   Since last semester, I’ve grown to understand the political world a bit more as a leader in student government and reading public documents regarding policy. Luckily, I had the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. again to represent USC and the graduate student population at large in discussions with our government officials across the country. … Read More

Exploring my Identity as an Asian Pacific American

Posted: October 20, 2017, 5:04pm   As the social and political tensions in the country continue to rise, I’ve become ever more aware of unique challenges that affect the many different populations of Americans and students on campus. Although I wasn’t involved in cultural groups on campus as an undergraduate, I started this school year seeking a group that could help … Read More

The Rematch of the Decade – USC vs Texas

Posted: September 20, 2017, 2:09pm I still remember watching the 2006 Rose Bowl and National Championship Game between USC and Texas. My dad was out of town in New York, but my mom, brother, and I were huddled in our living room ready to see the Trojans become three-peat champions. The final Texas drive and successful scoring shocked us to … Read More


Posted: September 20, 2017, 1:33pm This was a moment that’s been in the making for over a year. In May of 2016, my brother and I purchased 2016-2017 Pantages Theater season tickets for our parents and ourselves for their 50th birthday. From that November to this past August, we saw seven incredible shows: Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Darren Criss!), … Read More

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