The Graduate School is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Heather M. Brandt as part-time Associate Dean for Professional Development beginning July 1, 2016.
The 2016 cohort of Graduate Civic Scholars met this past month for two weeks to learn how public engagement can enhance their teaching, research, and creative work.
Are you an ABD or newly minted PhD in the humanities? Do you want to explore interdisciplinary teaching? Would you like to widen your professional options and gain career skills? Are you interested in participating in a cohort program for degree completion? If so, the new Bridge Humanities Corps is for you!
The Graduate School is pleased to announce that eleven students have been chosen as 2016-2017 Graduate Civic Scholars.
Politico invited Robert Greene, a Ph.D. candidate in American history to write about the tragedy in Charleston. Greene, a Presidential Fellow and Graduate Civic Scholar at USC, had this to say.
With heavy hearts and great sadness the Graduate School announces that three of the victims of Wednesday’s church massacre held advanced degrees from USC:
• Ms. Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd--awarded Master of Librarianship, 1989
• The Honorable Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney--awarded Master of Public Administration, 1999
• Rev. Daniel Lee Simmons--awarded Master of Social Work, 1973
Our sympathies are with the families and friends of all of the victims, the congregation of Emanuel AME church, the Charleston community, and the State of SC as we mourn this tragic loss. May their memories be a blessing.
Learn more about Fill's doctoral research, which examines the eastern diamond rattlesnake and its habitats, here.
Check out the 2013-2015 stats on The Graduate School's Travel Grants. Learn more about the new rules for 2015/2016 applications here.
The Graduate School is offering Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Formatting and Submission Workshops during the Spring 2015 semester for students who intend to graduate in May 2015 or August 2015. More than half a dozen workshop times are available.
Planning for the January 2015 new TA Orientation Workshops is underway, and as many of you may remember, we always hold a "Veteran TA Panel" where new TAs ask questions of current/former TAs regarding their experiences and other concerns. Volunteer participants are needed for these Veteran TA panels, and you are invited to be a panelist, if you have the time!
Dates and times for the Workshop B Veteran TA Panel are:
Monday, January 5: 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Tuesday, January 6: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
If you will be in town and are interested, please email Dr. Michelle Hardee and indicate your availability. You can do either or both dates, whatever you wish. Please do consider volunteering - it is very rewarding, and it looks great on the resume as an "invited panelist"! If you're not available for the January 2015 dates but are still interested in volunteering at a future TA Orientation, please email Dr. Hardee as well to be put on the "to-contact" list. Thanks in advance!
As you may know, open enrollment began on November 15 for health insurance plans through the federal Marketplace. We want to be sure you are also aware that the next month or so is one of the only times over the next 12 months that many of you will be eligible to shop the Marketplace and compare plans to the AIG student health insurance plan offered for USC students.
The National GEM Consortium (GEM) is pleased to announce the launch of its fully-featured website www.gemfellowship.org. GEM is one of the nation's oldest and premier advocacy groups for expanding underrepresented ethnic and racial minority men and women who have earned graduate degrees in engineering and applied science fields.
The website includes enhanced features that allow for an easier application process. Careful emphasis has been placed on conveying the importance of GEM's signature programs, such as GRADLab and Future Faculty & Professionals symposium, designed to prepare students to enter the workforce armed with skills employers' desire.
The Graduate School at the University of South Carolina, in conjunction with the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS), is seeking a representative from USC for the Humanities and Fine Arts category of the CSGS 2015 master’s thesis awards.
The Graduate School and The Office of the Vice President for Research welcome all graduate students to a Grant Writing Workshop on September 17th from 2:30-4:00pm in the Russell House, Room 205. RSVP by September 12th. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Graduate School, the Thomas Cooper Library, and the Graduate Student Association are partnering to host the 2nd annual Graduate Student Resource Fair this Friday, August 29th, from 9:00AM to 12:00PM in the Hollings facility on the main floor of the Thomas Cooper Library. A wide variety of organizations and offices will be on hand to provide information and answer any questions the students in your department may have. The fair is designed to be an informal drop-in, and it is open to new and returning students. Refreshments will be served. We hope to see you on Friday!
The Graduate School is offering Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Formatting and Submission Workshops during the Fall 2014 semester for students who intend to graduate in December 2014 or May 2015. More than half a dozen workshop times are available.
Welcome to the University of South Carolina! We look forward to seeing you on campus. To get started, we've compiled a short to-do list and highlighted a few welcome events.
The Fall 2014 insurance waiver period begins on July 1, 2014 and will end on September 14, 2014. Students may submit insurance information and learn more about the requirement here.
For the 13th consecutive year, the University of South Carolina will be represented abroad by Fulbright Scholars conducting research, studying, and serving as English Teaching Assistants.
Eboni Harris, a PhD nursing student, and April Pegram, a DNP nursing student at the University of South Carolina, have been selected for the 2014–16 Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program.
The College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) at the University of South Carolina is launching a new master’s degree program designed to help engineers and computer science professionals learn to manage innovation and projects within their companies.
Fun. That’s probably not the first adjective K-12 students might associate with chemistry. But it just might be if they’ve seen one of the University of South Carolina’s chemistry shows.
After four years of long hours in the office, thousands of scientific sources, and thousands of miles of travel, three professors in the University of South Carolina’s geography department can finally take a breather.
Provost Michael D. Amiridis and Dr. Argiri Aggelopoulou-Amiridis hosted the 2nd Annual Tenure-Track Placement Dinner on April 29 at the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library to celebrate doctoral candidates from the class of 2013-2014 who have already landed tenure-track faculty positions.
Four current USC students and six USC recent alumni have been awarded 2014 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF). Current students John Clegg, Brendan Croom, Lewis Rowles, and Rachel Steward, as well as alumni Emily Graczyk, Allison Matzelle, Elizabeth Messman, Christopher Pinion, Nicholas Riley, and Mark Taylor have all been named NSF GRF Fellows.
Graduate students are invited to an interactive panel discussion with USC alumni who are using their advanced degrees in industry and non-academic fields. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the H. William Close Building (BA), Room 602 B. Register here.
Most American civilians aren’t looking for reasons to go to Iraq and Afghanistan these days. But Ronald Bradley hasn’t let war zone dangers stop him from trying to make a big difference in the lives of little students there.
For Anna Battiata, long-distance running is more than a passion. It’s a sport that took her on a two-year journey of nonstop training and inspired the focus of her current graduate studies.
Ever stay up until 3 a.m. stenciling a hypothesis and conclusion onto a trifold poster with a graph somewhere in the middle? Okay, you know something about science fairs. Listen up, though: Sarah Scripps has you beat.
One hundred and fifty students from 59 graduate programs competed in the categories of oral research presentation, poster research presentation, creative presentation, and 3-minute thesis/dissertation speech at Graduate Student Day on Friday, April 11, 2014. The Graduate School would like to thank everyone who participated, worked, and volunteered at Graduate Student Day 2014. We are also proud to recognize this year’s Graduate Student Day winners.
Chase W. Nelson is a third year doctoral student in bioinformatics and recipient of two prestigious National Science Foundation grants. But you won’t find him around the lab in the evenings, because for the next few weeks Nelson is starring in Trustus Theatre’s latest musical production, See Rock City and Other Destinations.
Congratulations to Brandi Lariscy Avant, winner of our 2nd Annual Graduate Student Day Logo Competition!
The University of South Carolina’s international MBA program (IMBA) regained the top spot in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools.
The Graduate School, Center for Teaching Excellence, Graduate Student Association, and Career Center are teaming up to bring you workshops and events to enhance your graduate school experience and to increase your employability in the academy, industry, and beyond.
University of South Carolina alumnus Wright Culpepper is working on behalf of the university to assist academic departments in attracting prospective graduate students to USC.
Ertin Derrick's work brings clearer focus to the fault lines under the Lowcountry.
Led by Dr. Jonathan Edwards from USC’s Speech Communication & Rhetoric Program, these popular workshops are designed to help students explain the value and relevance of their research and to prepare them for the 3 minute thesis/dissertation competition at Graduate Student Day.
Provost Amiridis is hosting a dinner to celebrate graduates from August 2013 to August 2014 who have been awarded tenure-track positions. These students and their advisors will be celebrated at a dinner on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library. Graduates and/or advisors are asked to notify us about tenure-track appointments as soon as possible but no later than April 15.
Graduate students in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program celebrate as they finish their comprehensive exams with the traditional run to the torchbearer statue in front of the College of Education's Wardlaw building. Legend has it that if you touch the statue before comps, you won't pass the exam.
Brianna Cassidy enjoys taking on challenges in two fields that many see as worlds apart: science and art. And as a graduate student at South Carolina, she has found a way to contribute to both.
John Knox first set out to write his dissertation on British Romantic literature. He didn’t expect rare books and manuscripts in the University Libraries’ collections to influence his studies.
Students who are writing a thesis or dissertation and will graduate in May or August 2014 are encouraged to attend a formatting workshop. The workshops start February 18 and will be offered regularly through March 21.
See the latest news, announcements, and important dates for the spring semester.
The University of South Carolina has three graduate programs ranked among the best in the nation in the latest U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Education Programs.
The Graduate School seeks logo designs for Graduate Student Day 2014. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 28.
The Center for Asian Studies and the Walker Institute will be offering a new graduate fellowship for incoming PhD students in the amount of $2,500 per year, renewable for two years. Outstanding graduate students interested in any aspect of the humanities and social sciences covered by the Center for Asian Studies (including East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia) are eligible. Deadline: January 31, 2014.
Travis Edwards is part of a USC effort that helps keep America’s soldiers safe and its military helicopters ready for action. And his contribution hasn’t gone unnoticed: Aviation Week recently named the mechanical engineering master’s candidate one of 20 promising young engineers in aerospace.
Andrew Allen knew in middle school he wanted to teach music. He realized his goal in August when he began teaching at Valley City State University in Valley City, N.D., and conducting jazz band.
Courtney Dunbaker has just made the leap from apprentice to professional, a process commonly celebrated but rarely described.
The Graduate School is proud to have supported 315 students for travel during the period from July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014. Traveling to conferences as first or sole authors, graduate students will present their research across four continents and throughout every region in the country, including Puerto Rico and Hawaii.
The Graduate School welcomes proposals for our signature spring event, Graduate Student Day 2014. The annual celebration and competition will take place on Friday, April 11.
When Xi “Joe” Chen returned to Columbia last week to defend his dissertation, he had a few other items on his to-do list as well. He wanted to catch a football game at Williams-Brice, he wanted to soak up a little more Southern charm and he wanted to score a few kid-sized Gamecock T-shirts to take home — to Kosovo.
Deeonna Farr was on her way to becoming a medical doctor when she traveled to Ecuador to work with a community clinician. What she saw there changed her mind.
The office of Graduate Student Ombudsman was created in 2012 to serve as an informal resource for addressing student problems and concerns. From July 1, 2012-July 31, 2013, the Graduate Student Ombudsman met with 143 graduate students. View the inaugural report here.
The Department of Sport and Entertainment Management (SPTE) at the University of South Carolina is proud to introduce a new Ph.D. program. Applications to the program are now being accepted. Courses will be offered beginning Fall 2014.
The Graduate School is pleased to offer Travel Grants to support terminal degree-seeking graduate students with travel to conferences to make presentations on behalf of the University of South Carolina. All completed travel grant proposals for spring travel (January 1-June 30, 2014) are due by
5 p.m. on Friday, November 15.
The 2014 spring insurance waiver period begins on November 5, 2013 and will end on February 5, 2014. Students may submit their insurance information electronically through Student Health Services or Student Insurance.
Robert Greene enjoys thinking about big ideas, which are the stock and trade of intellectual history — the focus of his doctoral studies at USC. But beyond merely thinking about such things, Greene’s ability to articulate his ideas in an engaging fashion has earned him a prestigious forum. He’s now a regular contributor on the Society for U.S. Intellectual History’s blog site.
Just a little over a year ago, Brian Dolphin was attending an Oktoberfest celebration at a local Lutheran church. When a new acquaintance at his table mentioned that he was part of the parent teacher organization at A.C. Moore Elementary, Dolphin lit up. An intern at USC’s McKissick Museum, Dolphin was familiar with an exhibit there about Moore, a biology professor and two-time acting president of the University of South Carolina in the early 20th century.
For the second year in a row, the University of South Carolina is recognized by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine as one of the nation’s top universities for diversity and inclusivity.
Kevin Ash—a doctoral student in geography, Presidential Fellow, and researcher at the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute—is featured in the most recent No Limits story campaign. Ash lived through one the deadliest tornadoes in recent Oklahoma history. Now he’s studying how people perceive and respond to weather warnings and events. See his No Limits profile here.
If there’s one thing South Carolinians love, it’s country music. So what’s a small-town metal fan to do? In the case of USC sociology student Anna Rogers, growing up in both of these musical worlds inspired her to take a different spin on the South’s relationship with the genre: she analyzed song lyrics as part of an undergraduate research project focusing on sexism in five music genres.
Libraries are constantly changing and adapting, so perhaps it’s unsurprising that the way they preserve graduate student theses and dissertations is changing too. Zach Lukemire, The Graduate School’s electronic thesis and dissertation (ETD) coordinator, recently convened with fellow ETD enthusiasts to discuss what the digitization of scholarship means for students, faculty, academic libraries and publishers.
Prospective students in the region will have an opportunity to meet with a representative from the University of South Carolina this fall, thanks to a new recruitment initiative led by The Graduate School.
Graduate students are invited to an entreprenuership workshop on December 3 from 9 a.m.-noon in the Lumpkin Auditorium (8th floor, Moore School of Business). Students will learn the basics of opportunity and market analysis, business planning, market penetration strategy, and new venture teams and leadership. Register by November 29.
The Office of the Provost has issued a new policy that requires all students to register their international travel, to obtain international emergency travel insurance and to abide by university travel warnings.
We've outlined a few key steps to help demystify Special Enrollment Status (formerly Z Status).
Starting this fall under a two-year grant of $500,000, 10 Carolina doctoral students in the College of Arts and Sciences—followed by 10 more in the fall of 2014—will become Bilinski Fellows through the Bilinski Educational Foundation.
New benefits have been added to USC administered health insurance, and the yearly cost has gone down from $1,679 in 2012-2013 to $1,452 in 2013-2014.
The University of South Carolina is replacing Social Security Numbers (SSNs) with USC ID numbers on university forms and documents.
Students, graduate directors, program administrators and campus units are invited to submit ideas for the kinds of data they would like to see highlighted and distributed by The Graduate School.
Qiang Zhang from Chemistry and Biochemistry, Jiyong Heo from Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Jennifer Slobodian from Comparative Literature are the recipients of this year’s Summer Dissertation Fellowship.
The Graduate School is partnering with Dr. Michael Matthews, Principal Investigator and Professor of Chemical Engineering, and the College of Arts and Sciences to increase access and success of underrepresented minority groups in the STEM fields.
More than 70 doctoral students from the class of 2012-2013 have already landed tenure-track faculty positions this year.
Twenty-three outstanding doctoral students will join the award-winning Presidential Fellows program this fall.
Nearly 150 graduate students from 43 different fields of study competed at the 2013 Graduate Student Day competition held on campus Friday, April 12.
Fifty-four graduate students at USC have been selected out of 152 as the first recipients of the Support to Promote Research and Creativity (SPARC) Graduate Research Fellowship, with funded grant projects encompassing topics from improved solid oxide fuel cell performance to body mapping for guitarists.
Nearly 150 graduate students from 43 different fields of study will compete at the 2013 Graduate Student Day, which will be held on campus this Friday, April 12.
Graduate students are invited to an interactive panel discussion with master's and Ph.D. graduates who are using their advanced degrees in industry and non-academic fields. The panel will take place on April 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the H. William Close Building (BA), Room 602 B. Registration is required.
The University of South Carolina has seven graduate programs ranked among the nation's best in the latest U.S. News & World and Report’s list of top graduate schools. Those include programs in business, library science, public health, criminology and psychology.
The Safe Zone Ally Program is a visible network of allies who are committed to creating a community of respect and dignity for LGBT individuals.
Congratulations to Jessica Hogan, winner of The Graduate School’s first ever t-shirt and logo design competition.
The Graduate School at the University of South Carolina was awarded the 2012-2013 CSGS/ETS Award for Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Admissions at the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools for its flagship recruiting program, the Presidential Fellowship.
Friday, March 22, from 4-6 p.m. in the ODK Room in Russell House, we’re sponsoring a workshop designed to help you talk about your research in a way that your peers, your family, your prospective employers, and your academic colleagues across all disciplines will be able to understand.
Graduate students will face a new challenge at this year's Graduate Student Day: how to consolidate their thesis or dissertation research into a 3-minute speech. To prepare students for the competition, The Graduate School is sponsoring a communication and research workshop on March 22.
A Presidential Fellow, Oberlin graduate, and the author of software designed to calculate nucleotide diversity from new DNA data formats, Chase W. Nelson is the recipient of two National Science Foundation grants: the Graduate Research Fellowship and an East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Award, both of which will allow him to pursue bioinformatics research at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan this summer. We met up with Chase to congratulate him, and to ask him a few questions about his research and how he spends his free time in Columbia.
USC Publisher-in-Residence George Thompson assesses the publishing landscape and offers graduate students some publishing advice
Publisher-in-Residence George Thompson knows a lot about top tier-research universities. For years, the former editor of John Hopkins University Press and current academic publisher has been traveling across the country as a publishing consultant. Having visited college campuses all across the South—including University of Texas, University of Georgia, and University of North Carolina—Thompson is familiar with the publishing landscape among graduate students at flagship universities.
And, he sees something different brewing at the University of South Carolina.
More than 260 graduate students from 42 doctoral and terminal master’s programs were awarded financial support from The Graduate School to make presentations on behalf of the University of South Carolina in 2012-2013.
Publisher in Residence George Thompson will offer insights into the publishing market and give advice on how to ready manuscripts for publication in his public lecture, “Current Trends in Academic Publishing,” to be held on Thursday, November 15th at 4 p.m. in the Health Sciences Building, 800 Sumter Street, Room 114. The public is invited.