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.
2019 USC Trustee Retreat
Every year, the incoming and outgoing Presidents and Vice Presidents of the Graduate Student Government (GSG) and Undergraduate Student Government (USG) are invited to the USC Trustee Retreat over a March weekend. Because the GSG retreat sometimes coincides with Trustee Retreat, we don’t get the chance to go. Luckily, this past weekend was free, so we were all in attendance … Read More
Hawaii Family Takeover
Last month, my extended family spent our weeklong annual retreat at a new spot this year – Hawaii! Staying on the North Shore of Oahu, we lived in a gorgeous home filled with unique antiques and cozy spaces for intimate conversation. Although many of us are from and live in Los Angeles, there were others that came from Hong Kong, … Read More
Presenting at a Science Open Mic Night!
In preparation for my qualifying exam (which I passed on March 1st!!), I signed up for every single opportunity available to me to present in front of a live audience. In the 10 presentations I gave in the month of February, my favorite by far was the one where I engaged with students from other STEM departments – Science Open … Read More
The University Forum
I am so fortunate to consistently work with people who have such an immense love of and passion for USC. These individuals not only have a fundamental role in continuing the best and brightest parts of the university, but they are also constantly churning out new initiatives and projects to address ongoing issues or improve the current systems and resources. … Read More
Insights from the Provost/Academic Senate Retreat
Students do not often have the opportunity to learn and think deeply about faculty concerns; however, Debbie and I had the opportunity to join the 2019 Joint Provost/Academic Senate Retreat as Presidents of the Undergraduate and Graduate Student Governments. Focusing primarily on two broad topics, experts in various areas presented for 15-20 minutes on facts and figures about specific parts … Read More
A Virtual Wellness Assistant for USC
With the launch of the Office of Wellbeing & Education came a slew of new ideas to bring about positive change within the USC student body. One of these projects is Aristotle, or Ari, a customized Virtual Wellness Assistant that can engage with students around the clock and serve as a gateway to other existing resources on our campuses. … Read More
Stewards of the Earth: An Indigenous Perspective
The first question asked tonight was, “Does anyone know whose land USC is on?” Not a single person raised their hands. The second – “Does anyone know what manifest destiny means?” Almost everyone had their palms up. What an incredible way to start a talk. Angel Mooney D’Arcy, an indigenous scholar, lawyer, professor, and executive director of the Sacred … Read More
Asian AF Laughs
Last Friday night, my brother and I attended the Asian AF show at the UCB Theatre in Los Angeles. As the premier Asian American variety show, they spotlighted a variety of Asian American actors, comedians, and all-around performers throughout the night. For this particular show, the theme was music, so JR De Guzman serenaded the audience with a handful of … Read More
Adapting THRIVE for Graduate Students
This past semester, a new USC course about self-care, connection, and well-being piloted for an inaugural class of 30 students. A collaboration between Undergraduate Student Government (USG), the Office of Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention, and the Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, THRIVE: Foundations of Well-being covers a range of important topics: success, connection, community, thrive, time, … Read More
Introducing the USC Ombuds!
Before this past October, I had never heard the word “ombud” before, but when I got called to participate in the national search for ombudsmen, I jumped right in! In the wake of a series of institutional crises, USC recognized the need for a neutral, safe place for Trojans to express their concerns or workplace challenges. Thus, President Wanda Austin … Read More
Discussing Identity Politics with Mark Lilla
I am completely loving the new USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future. I don’t quite remember how I stumbled across their events, but after signing up to receive their newsletter, I have been attending one of their programs at least once a month. At the end of January, I went to see Professor Mark Lilla to discuss “The Liberal … Read More
Donating Muscle for Science!!
Every time my collaborator presents our joint research in skeletal and cardiac tissue engineering, he shows a clip of a muscle biopsy to show the audience how he obtains patient samples. As part of a collective that studies muscular dystrophy, he processes these muscle samples in multiple ways: a simple stain to observe native tissue structure, genetic analysis to investigate … Read More