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Omar S. Garcia

Student and Undergraduate Research Assistant at USC Viterbi School of Engineering


Aug 2014May 2018

Bachelor of Science in Chemical (Biochemical) Engineering 

University of Southern California 
  • 3.61 Cumulative GPA  
  • Viterbi's Dean's list Fall 2014 & Spring 2015 
  • USC Leadership Merit Scholarship Recipient (Fall 2014) 
  • Gates Millennium Scholar / Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar (April 2014) 

Work experience

Jul 2015Aug 2015

 Cardinal Gardens Customer Service Center 

USC Housing


  • Hired during the 2015 Special Summer Olympics held at USC  
  • Answered phone calls and appropriately directed callers 
  • Assisted a wide array of foreign athletes with housing needs including
    linen exchanges, laundry help, lockouts, mail deliveries, printing, and directions  
  • Provided Spanish to English Translation 
  • Performed general office duties and administrative tasks.
Aug 2013May 2014


 Mesa High School AVID Program 


  • Provided both sophomore and senior students with extra help in various
    academic subjects such as Geometry, Calculus, Chemistry, and Biology  
  • Encouraged and taught good study habits and organizational skills 

Research Experience

Global Environmental Microbiology Course at University of Southern California, Microbial Community Analysis of Catalina Island, Summer 2015 

A program funded by the National Science Foundation held on both the USC campus as well as the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. Program's main focus was to introduce the basic ideas of academic research,  with microbiology as a case study. Curriculum included both lectures and biology labs such as plant transects, water sampling, filtration, microscopy, gel electrophoresis, and polymerase chain reactions. 

Lab Experience 

  • Ultraviolet Light Spectroscopy
  • Gas Chromatography 
  • Acid-Base Titrations
  • EDTA Titrations
  • Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) 
  • Florescent Microscopy 

Relevant Coursework

  • Analytical Chemistry (CHEM 300) 
  • Introduction to Chemical Engineering (CHE 120) 
  • Fundamentals of Physics: Mechanics and Thermodynamics (PHYS 151) 
  • General Chemistry II (CHEM 105B) 
  • Calculus II & III (MATH 126 / 226) 
  • Advanced Placement Biology 


Apr 2015Present

USC Science Outreach (SCout) 

Experiment Manager 

As a newly appointed Scout Experiment Manager for the upcoming school year, I have already started planning, designing, and testing a variety of experiments to teach over 300 local, third grade students, encompassing fields such as chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering. 

Nov 2014Nov 2014

Gates Millennium Scholar Leadership Conference  

San Jose, CA 

One thousand scholars selected by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation from a pool of over 52000 nation-wide applicants participated in a weekend long team-building and networking event with scholars from all over the country, distinguished alumni, and many guest speakers.  

Aug 2013May 2014

National Honor Society 


As senior president, I planned and ran general meetings as well as multiple new service events including blood drives, a Christmas charity drive , campus clean ups, and the organization and shipment of donated medical supplies to developing countries. Also, significantly increased member participation from previous year by increasing the frequency of general meetings and altering the set up of said meetings. 


  • USC Science Outreach (General Member) (August 2014- Present) 
  • USC UNICEF (October 2014 - Present) 
  • USC Friends and Neighbors Day (April 2015)  
  • USC Dance Marathon (February 2015)  

Additional Skills 

Computer: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Matlab Experience 
Language: Fluent in Spanish 


Volunteering, snorkeling, hiking, long-distance running