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Opportunities

The Opportunities Bulletin Board is the place for graduate student related events, fellowships, job postings, announcements and learning opportunities. We update this page regularly, so check back often!

Contact Emily Rendek at rendek@mailbox.sc.edu with inquiries about posting on the Opportunities Resource Bulletin.

Transportation Association of South Carolina (TASC) Scholarship

The Transportation Association of South Carolina (TASC) was formed in 1981 bringing together public and human service providers, state agencies, private providers, and vendors to promote public transit in South Carolina and act as an advocate to promote transit friendly legislation. To continue to ignite passion for transit in South Carolina, TASC is encouraging students to pursue career paths in transit. This scholarship is awarded to one undergraduate student and one graduate student pursuing studies in transit or related field.

The TASC Annual Conference Student Scholarship is in the amount of $625, which covers the full conference registration, two night stay in the conference hotel, and a $50 gas card. The minimum criteria for selection are as follows:

  1. Open to sophomore level or higher undergraduate and graduate level students
  2. GPA of 3.0 or higher
  3. Currently enrolled in a degree program in a transportation-related field, such as transportation engineering, planning, finance, or logistics
  4. Plans to pursue a specific project or interest in transit issues

Applications must be submitted through the Scholarship Committee. The scholarships are competitive and based on the applicant’s specific transit involvement and goals, job skills, and academic record. Minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Awards will be presented at lunch during the Annual Conference on Friday, March 24, 2017. The scholarship recipients will also be expected to present on a transit related topic during the session “Emerging Research in Transit” on Friday, March 24, 2017 from 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm. 

Applications must be received no later than Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 4:30p.m. Notice of awards will be given by Friday, March 10, 2017. See attached for application materials and further info. 

Center for Digital Humanities Text Analytics workshop

The Center for Digital Humanities (CDH) is hosting a workshop in text analytics for any and all students, faculty, and staff. We will meet at 11am at the CDH office in Thomas Cooper Library on Wed. March 1. The text analytics workshop is co-convened by Michael Gavin, English, and Amir Kamari, Library and Information Science. For our first meeting, we'll discuss a work-in-progress by Rachel Mann and Michael Gavin, "Distant Reading the Seventeenth-Century Body," which uses computational methods to understand the history of medicine in England.

The workshop is open to anybody with interest in text analysis, whether you come at it from the information and computer science side or from the humanities side (or from some altogether different side, for that matter). We're open to all perspectives. If you have a set of skills and would like to meet up with people to learn about cool new areas of application, or if you have a topic you'd like to study and think text analysis might help, or if you just find the whole field vaguely interesting and would like to meet people who do it, this meeting is for you!

Questions? Email: michael.a.gavin@gmail.com.

Spring Data Science Fellowship Opportunity

Program: The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.

Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.

Locations: In addition to the below in-person locations, we will have a remote online session:

  • New York City
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Seattle
  • Boston
  • Washington, DC.

Dates: All sections will be from 2017-03-27 to 2017-05-19.

Application Link: https://www.thedataincubator.com/fellowship.html#apply?ref=wbW1pdGNoZWxAbWFpbGJveC5zYy5lZHU=

Graduate Assistantship McKissick Museum

McKissick Museum is seeking applications for one graduate assistantship for the spring 2017 semester. The position is for an appointment that begins immediately and ends May 15, 2017. The student works as a GSA in support of McKissick Museum’s operational mission and educational goals as the University of South Carolina’s largest museum. The candidate will support the exhibitions department.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, opening and closing the museum, serving as the weekend staff person in charge, working receptions and events, handling artifacts, processing loans, creating condition reports, preparing and installing exhibitions, researching future exhibitions, answering research requests, and covering the ground floor desk phone and security cameras when the staff member responsible is absent, and other duties as assigned.

The position requires students to work some Saturdays, during the week of spring break, and one week after the spring semester ends.

The appointment is for 15 hours of work per week, and it includes a stipend of $4,968 and a tuition abatement of $1,741.

A letter of interest and a resume should be emailed to Lana Burgess (lburgess@mailbox.sc.edu), Faculty Curator and Director, Museum Management Program as soon as possible.

ELIGIBILITY

To qualify for assistantship support, a graduate student must:

Be a graduate student in good standing.

Be registered for a minimum of nine on-campus credit hours each semester during the tenure of the assistantship. Students may be enrolled for 6-credit hours, in which case the stipend and abatements amounts are reduced. (Exceptions for the enrollment load requirement must be approved by The Graduate School.)

**Preference will be given to students who are pursuing the certificate of graduate study in museum management. 

Gamecock Toastmasters Club

Communication skills can distinguish you in the workplace.  Employers know that you can do research; they want employees that can communicate. 

Everyone can work to become a better speaker. The Gamecock Toastmasters club can help.

Members meet over lunch on Tuesdays, 11:30-12:30. Some members will prepare short talks, and some time is dedicated to allowing any present to voluntarily stand and talk for 1-2 minutes on various topics (like typical interview questions).

If you complete the first ten 5-7 minute projects you receive the "Competent Communicator" award. Many employers will recognize this certification on your resume.

Advisors have noticed improvements in graduate students participating in Toastmasters.

Our next meeting is Tuesday at 11:30 in the Swearingen Faculty Lounge, 1A03.  Sometimes we meet in 3C02 if the lounge is booked. 

Contact: Ed Gatzke

Still looking for an apartment?

Graduate students can find available housing around USC at housing.dailygamecock.com. (The Daily Gamecock is the editorially independent student newspaper at the University of South Carolina.) With hundreds of housing listings, it makes finding a great place easy! 

Off-campus housing services for USC students

New and current students (as well as USC faculty and staff) looking for housing options in Columbia can take advantage of an up-to-date database of rental properties near the university. Contact Off-Campus Student Services for details: Russell House Suite 115, Columbia, SC 29208; Phone: (803) 777-3366; email: saocss@mailbox.sc.edu

USC Postdoctoral Association

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce a networking and professional development group, the USC Postdoctoral Association, which supports postdocs at the University of South Carolina. Their mission is to support and improve the postdoctoral training experience at USC by providing opportunities and resources for networking, professional development, social interaction, research, and teaching. Learn more

OFSP's database for national fellowships and awards

With the INFO (Investigate National Fellowship Opportunities) tool, the Office of Fellowship and Scholar Programs online searchable database for national fellowships and awards allows students to use broad or specific search criteria to locate national fellowships based on interests or academic and career goals. The database features graduate and dissertation fellowships, funding for study abroad, and postdocs. 

On-Campus Produce Delivery

Healthy Carolina offers healthy eating options for USC faculty, staff, and students with On-Campus Produce Delivery. Partnering with two, locally owned produce delivery companies, Pinckney’s Produce and AFRESH!, On-campus Produce Delivery will bring fresh produce right to USC’s Columbia campus. It’s a convenient way for the USC community to purchase locally grown food and to eat healthier! 

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