USC has lots of financial support, but very little amount is dedicated to our graduate program. This gives us a nice environment to study, and not so nice conditions to live and to study.
I am satisfied with the other graduate students in the program, our social life and academic life together. I am also particularly happy about my research subject, which is due to my adviser. There are regular seminars and talks in the department, which keeps us up to date as well.
There are clear prejudices about graduate students, and they make me feel not respected as a near-future colleague. We are not trusted the keys to the rooms in the department, which is unfortunate since we don't have a place to study together.(Except our small grad lounge which has too many purposes: microwave, fridge, mailbox, computer access and printing...etc)
Even printing some documents is a problem. We are not provided enough computers(6 for 60+ students, of which 4 are in working condition).
There is no technology whatsoever in the department. Even using a computer for a presentation is a problem. The sound system is horrible, no way to join a talk via internet(skype..etc), no talks or courses can be accessed online.
Faculty doesn't know what students are doing, and I have the impression that most of them don't even care.
The department is distributing TA workload unequally among graduate students, and don't think this is problem.
out of 5.0
Life in LA is expensive and it is hard to worry about doing research while struggling financially. Program is ok though.
out of 5.0
Interaction between faculty and students can be improved
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