The Undergraduate Studies in Earthquake Information Technology (USEIT) is a team-based undergraduate research program run by the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) at the University of Southern California (USC). Interns develop technical tools to communicate important concepts about earthquakes in Southern California and other earthquake-prone regions. USEIT interns are mentored by several of the nation's leading earthquake and computer scientists. Since 2002, the USEIT program has built a community of over 240 alumni from more than 35 colleges and universities. 


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USEIT is supported by the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Site Program and the University of Southern California. Significant support for USEIT interns has come from the USC Department of Earth Sciences, Pasadena City College, and East Los Angeles College.

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To apply for the 2014 SCEC internships, please click here.


Research activities of USEIT are structured around "Grand Challenges" in earthquake information technology. The Grand Challenge is posed by SCEC Director Tom Jordan during the first week of of the summer program. Click here to learn more about each summer's Grand Challenge.