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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.

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

Graduate Assistantship Position – Fall 2016-Spring 2017 The Office of the Vice President for Research

The Office of the Vice President for Research supports and promotes the research effort across the university system. The GA for the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) will work with the VPR staff to 1) help plan, promote and implement a major all-day research event to highlight research excellence at all levels at USC, 2) coordinate aspects of VPR-sponsored research conferences and programs, and 3) assist with coordination and logistics of professional development workshops for graduate students, postdocs, and summer research students.

The primary responsibilities for this GA include:

  •   Assist with all aspects of planning, promotion and implementation of a major university-wide research showcase event (must be available all day on April 21, 2017); this event will include an internationally known keynote speaker and over 1000 presentations by undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs and faculty

  •   Assist with the coordination of VPR-sponsored research events as needed, including the SC FLOODS Conference

  •   Assist with preparation and logistics for SPARC and Grant Basics workshops for graduate students and postdocs, monitor workshop registration and track workshop attendance

  •   Assist with the coordination of logistics for summer 2017 research professional development workshops and events for undergraduate students participating in summer research programs

  •   Help with other research programs and office duties as needed

    This position is a 20 hour per week assistantship and will require occasional evening hours. In this role, the GA will work in a supportive environment and will be provided with opportunities for personal and professional development. The GA will have a work space, computer, and phone. The position is offered for September 1, 2016 May 15, 2017.

    Stipend: $10,000 for academic year ($5,000 Fall semester, $5,000 Spring semester)
    Tuition Supplement: $2500 Fall semester and $2500 Spring semester
    will be provided by Office of the Vice President for Research

    If you would like to be considered for this position, please submit a letter of interest and a current resume to Lauren Clark, Research Program Manager in the Office of the Vice President for Research at lauren.clark@sc.edu as soon as possible. Please call Lauren at (803) 777-3929 with any questions regarding this position. 

Political Science Graduate Student Organization Monthly Research Discussions

The PSGSO is the graduate student organization for political science. PSGSO brings students together for research and professional development. The group hosts monthly discussion meetings about cutting-edge methodology and theory and will be reading articles and then discussing them in a group. Meetings will take place in Gambrell 305 every first Friday of the month at 10 a.m. 

If interested, please email Leah at longlj@email.sc.edu for the particular material that will be discussed each week. 

Call for applications: The Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship

The Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship has moved up its deadline by 4 months.  If you are interested in being a Foreign Service Officer, and would like to have your graduate degree funded by the Rangel Fellowship, the new deadline is September 19, 2016.

Applicants must be: college seniors or graduates planning to start two-year graduate programs in fall 2017; have GPAs of at least 3.2; and U.S. citizens. 

The Program provides benefits of up to $95,000 over two years toward a master's degree, arranges internships on Capitol Hill and at U.S. embassies/consulates, provides mentorship and professional development support, and leads to a career in the State Department Foreign Service.

Let the Office of Fellowships & Scholar Programs know if you plan to apply, and they are happy to help review your application before the deadline. 

Graduate Student Association Cabinet

Help work for the betterment of all graduate students and apply to be part of the President's Cabinet for GSA! 

Due on or before Friday, September 2, 2016. 

See attached for application instructions and position descriptions.

College of Nursing Graduate Assistant Position

The College of Nursing Dean's Office is currently searching for a Graduate Staff Assistant for 20 hours per week for the summer 2016, fall 2016, and spring 2017 semesters. Details about the position can be found below in the attachment. 

McNair Grad Assistantships Position Descriptions

The McNAIR Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research in the College of Engineering and Computing is currently looking for two Graduate Assistants to participate in collaborative research with Professors Zafer Gürdal and Michel van Tooren. Applicants must be PhD candidates with a Master’s Degree in a related engineering field. Details about the positions can be found below in the attachment. 

Become a subject tutor or academic mentor

The Dodie Anderson Academic Enrichment Center has two types of positions available and hires year-round.

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 new networking and professional development group, the USC Postdoctoral Association, which is forming to support 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 introduces new database for national fellowships and awards

The Office of Fellowship and Scholar Programs has a new, online searchable database for national fellowships and awards. With the INFO (Investigate National Fellowship Opportunities) tool, students can 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 is pleased to offer new, healthy eating options for USC faculty, staff and students: On-Campus Produce Delivery. We are partnering with two, locally owned produce delivery companies, Pinckney’s Produce and AFRESH! Produce Delivery that 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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