Huan Ning, our PhD candidate, was selected to receive one of the 14 Breakthrough Graduate Scholar awards across the entire USC system. In addition, Huan is also one of only 49 graduate students at USC to receive a SPARC Graduate Research Grant for 2022–23. The grant will support his research project “Neighborhood Mobility Assessment for Wheelchair Users Using Street View Imagery and Artificial Intelligence.”
More about the Breakthrough Graduate Scholar Award
“Each year, the Office of the Vice President for Research receives a large number of nominations for each of the Breakthrough awards, and a committee of faculty reviewers selects award recipients from the many remarkable faculty and graduate student nominees representing the entire USC system. The close competition embodies the spirit of strong, high-level research conducted here at the university. This year, we are very pleased to present two Breakthrough Leadership in Research awards, 12 Breakthrough Star awards and 14 Breakthrough Graduate Scholar awards to our 2023 class of Breakthrough awardees.
Vice President for Research Julius Fridriksson praised this notable group, saying, ‘As the research enterprise continues to grow at USC so does the quality of our researchers. This year’s awardees are a true testament to the accomplishments and quality of mentorship, research and the next generation of researchers here at USC. It’s an honor to be a considered a colleague of among the 2023 Breakthrough Awardees.‘ ”
More about SPARC Graduate Research Grant Program
The SPARC Graduate Research Grant Program provides funding for meritorious scholarship, but it doesn’t stop there. By completing SPARC’s competitive research proposal process, graduate students gain experience that helps prepare them to seek national fellowship and grant awards throughout their academic careers.