Information for Prospective Students
The Armani lab is located within the Mork department of Materials Science and Chemical Engineering Department with joint appointments in Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Chemistry. The lab welcomes students and post-doctorate researchers with diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to:
- Applied Physics
- Biomedical Engineering
- Chemical Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Materials Science
- Mechanical Engineering
All students interested in joining the lab should read the following information before contacting Prof. Armani. Additionally, some commonly asked questions are answered here.
High School Student Researchers:
The Armani Lab offers one high school student per year the opportunity to work in a research lab setting. The minimum time commitment is 8 weeks during the summer. While GPA and course background are relevant, enthusiasm for research and an interest in science and engineering are equally important. If you are interested in applying for this position, please contact Prof. Armani directly. Applications are accepted year-round, but this position typically fills by early March.
The Armani Lab offers undergraduates at all stages in their studies (sophomore through senior) and in all of the disciplines listed above an opportunity to participate in research during the summer and the academic year. There are no formal requirements (experience, year or major). Research projects can be part of a directed research course, Merit Research, or can be independent of an academic curriculum. However, all undergraduate researchers must commit to spending at least one full year in the group, including one summer (10 weeks, paid).
Typically, openings are announced in the summer (May or June), applications are due by mid July, and decisions are made by the start of the fall semester. Usually, 2-3 undergraduates are hired every year. Openings are announced on the lab's facebook, twitter, and instagram accounts and through emails from the BME, CHE and EE student advisors. The application details are also located here.
The Armani Lab does not accept MS students for research positions.
The Armani Lab only accepts PhD students on the normal admit cycle (apply in the fall and start the following fall).
- 2017-2018 Academic Year: There are currently openings for Chemistry and BME rotation students for the 2017-2018 academic year. There may be openings for EE students as well.
- 2018-2019 Academic Year: It is anticipated that there will be positions for the 2018-2019 academic year. Students are only accepted for fall semester start dates.
Students interested in joining the lab must apply through USC Graduate Admissions and should specifically indicate their interest in joining the Armani Lab in the appropriate locations in their application and in their personal statement.
Additional information and advice for students interested in PhD positions is available on this page. Students are strongly encouraged to read it before emailing Prof. Armani.
Visiting PhD Students and Researchers:
The Armani lab welcomes visiting PhD Students and scholars from other institutions. However, due to space limitations in the Armani Lab, we will only host one student or scholar at any given time. Given this restriction, it is never too early to start planning. Additionally, for international visitors, there are several protocols established by USC which must be followed.
Due to visa restrictions, it is necessary to plan a visit at least 6 months in advance. Additionally, if your stipend/salary is being supported by funding from your own institution (which is expected), you must be able to provide proof of health insurance or be willing to purchase USC insurance. Finally, USC does not have housing for visitors. Therefore, you must find your own housing. While we can direct you to housing websites, this will be your own responsibility.
There are currently no openings for post-doctoral scholars.