Graduate Civic Scholars Program 2016-2017 Cohort Announcement

The Graduate School is pleased to announce that eleven students have been chosen as 2016-2017 Graduate Civic Scholars. Coming from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines, Scholars include master’s and doctoral students at all levels. The GCSP, an innovative professional development opportunity, provides graduate students interested in community and public engagement, action-based research, and social justice with an enhanced understanding of the role of scholarship in these endeavors.

Graduate Civic Scholars for 2016-2017 are:

     Heidi Grogger, Social Work (MSW)

     Seneca Jackson, Library and Information Science (MLIS)

     Kaleea Lewis, Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior (PhD)

     Katherine Olscamp, Exercise Science (MPH)

     Don S. Polite, Jr., History (PhD)

     Shannon Romagnolo, Counselor Education (PhD)

     Aditi Srivastav, Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior (DrPH)

    Travis Wagner, Library and Information Science (PhD)

    Gavin Weiser, Foundations of Education (PhD)

    Joshua Whitfield, Public History (MA)

    Debbie Yoho, Library and Information Science (PhD)

The Scholars come from five USC colleges: Arts and Sciences; Education; Library and Information Science; Public Health; and Social Work. Their proposed projects range from providing long-term storage resources for the homeless to developing a walking/driving tour of racial segregation in Columbia. The GCSP emphasize the importance of collaboration between university and community partners and cohort-based professional development. Scholars in this interdisciplinary program will present their findings at Graduate Student Day in April 2017 and receive a transcript notation upon completion of the program.

The GCSP, begun in 2015, is organized by The Graduate School in cooperation with the Career Center, Office of the Vice President for Research, Office of Student Engagement, Graduate Student Association, and Center for Teaching Excellence. Professors Kirk Foster (Social Work) and Allison Marsh (History) serve as Co-Directors for 2016-2017.