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Call for Start Smart Facilitators

Want to help others learn how to negotiate fair compensation? Apply to become a Start Smart facilitator! Materials due Friday, 10/9.

8th Annual Community Partner Breakfast

On Thursday, October 8th, 2015, the Office of Student Engagement will sponsor the 8th Annual Community Partner Breakfast. It will take place in the Russell House University Union Ballroom from 7:30 am – 9:00 am.

The event, part of USC's efforts to celebrate and build sustainable community partnerships, connects campus representatives with local agencies to enhance the success of programs, such as academic service-learning. It is free and open to faculty, staff, and students involved or interested in campus-community partnerships and to professionals from service agencies in Columbia.

Service-learning courses have increased steadily at the university, enhancing students' academic experiences in classrooms and laboratories and encouraging extracurricular collaboration among faculty, students, and community service agencies.

Please select the appropriate link to register for the 8th Annual Community Partner Breakfast. All questions about the event should be directed to Jabari Bodrick at

Community Partner Agency Registration: Register here

Faculty/Staff Registration: Register here

Student Registration: Register here

The Woodrow Wilson National Teaching Fellowships

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into teaching in high-need secondary schools in Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and New Jersey. The fellowship also includes a $30,000 stipend and tuition arrangements varying by campus in Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and New Jersey.

The first application deadline is Friday October 16, 2015.

For more information please contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs at or at 777-0958.

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program

The Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science is pleased to announce that the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications for the 2015 Solicitation 2. Applications are due 5:00pm ET on Tuesday December 15, 2015.

*Update for the 2015 Solicitation 2: The SCGSR program is now open to graduate students with Permanent Resident status, in addition to U.S. Citizens, who meet all other eligibility requirements. Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at:  

The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.

The SCGSR program is open to current Ph.D. students in qualified graduate programs at accredited U.S. academic institutions, who are conducting their graduate thesis research in targeted areas of importance to the DOE Office of Science. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories. The supplemental award provides for additional, incremental costs for living and travel expenses directly associated with conducting the SCGSR research project at the DOE host laboratory during the award period.

The Office of Science expects to make approximately 50 awards in 2015 Solicitation 2, for project periods beginning anytime between June 1, 2016 and September 30, 2016.

The 2014 program solicitation and the 2015 Solicitation 1 have resulted in awards to a total of 112 graduate students from more than 50 different universities to conduct thesis research at 15 DOE national laboratories.

The SCGSR program is sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science’s Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS), in collaboration with the six Office of Science research programs offices and the DOE national laboratories, and the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education (ORISE).

For any questions, please contact the SCGSR Program Manager, Dr. Ping Ge

Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs

The Ford Foundation Fellowship Program seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Ford Foundation Fellowship awards are offered at the Predoctoral, Dissertation and Postdoctoral levels, and provide annual stipends of $24,000 (Predoctoral), $25,000 (Dissertation) and $45,000 (Postdoctoral), in addition to other benefits, such as an annual conference and access to a network of former Ford Fellows who serve as mentors.

The deadlines are as follows: Predoctoral application, due November 20, 2015; Dissertation and Postdoctoral applications, due November 13, 2015. Supplementary Materials for all levels must be received by January 8, 2015.

The Office of Fellowships and Scholars Programs' Fall Schedule

It’s never too early to be thinking about a national fellowship! Check out what OFSP has scheduled for this fall!

Wednesday, September 16th, RHUU 205 (note location update), 4:00 p.m.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRF), with DoD NDSEG, DOE CSGF, and SMARTJoin Dr. Mike Matthews and Dr. Erin Connolly to learn more about the NSF application process. The NSF GRF offers approximately $132,000 to support 3 years of graduate work in the sciences. We will also present a brief amount on other federally-funded opportunities for students seeking funding for graduate school in the STEM fields.

NSF GRF Deadlines:

  • October 26 - Life Sciences, Geosciences
  • October 27 - Engineering, Computer and Information Science & Engineering, Materials Research
  • October 29 - Social Sciences, Psychology, STEM Education & Learning Research
  • October 30 - Mathematical Sciences, Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy

DoD NDSEG Deadline: December 18, 2015, by 5:00 p.m. EST.

DOE CSGF Deadline: late January, 2016.

SMART Deadline: December 1, 2015 by 5:00 p.m. EST.

Monday, September 28, Gressette Room of Harper College, 4:00 p.m.

Boren Scholarship and Fellowship and Critical Language Scholarship. Join Jen Bess for a discussion of the opportunities offered by the Boren and CLS programs.  The CLS is a fully-funded intensive summer language program in one of 13 critical languages.  Deadline: November 15, 2015. With an emphasis on learning less-commonly taught languages and issues of national security, the Boren provides up to $20,000 to undergraduate and up to $30,000 to graduate students for study abroad.  USC Campus Scholarship Deadline: December 1, 2015 to Study Abroad (students must have 1st drafts reviewed by 11/15);  Fellowship Deadline: January 27, 2015. 

****See for the full schedule of fall workshops!

Upcoming fall national fellowships deadlines of note:

  • Thursday, Oct. 1, GEM Fellowships Part 1 due electronically; final application due electronically Thursday, Nov. 15 This award is designed to offer opportunities for underrepresented minority students to obtain MS degrees in engineering and Ph.D. degrees in engineering and the natural and physical sciences through a program of paid summer internships and graduate financial assistance. 
  • Thursday, Oct. 1, Scoville Peace Fellowship deadline for the spring 2015 fellowship program. The Scoville funds recent college and grad school graduates as fellows for six to nine months with various organizations in Washington, DC, focused on key issues of peace and security.
  • Monday, Oct. 5, recommended deadline for Gates-Cambridge applicants (to ensure enough time to complete additional material upload by the official Oct. 15 Gates deadline). The Gates-Cambridge Scholarship funds a graduate degree at Cambridge in any discipline, to students who are committed to improving the lives of others.
  • Sunday, Nov. 1, by 11:59 p.m. PST is the online application deadline for the Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship. The Knowles provides a variety of support for new teachers of high school math and science. 

Job posting: Research Associate (Requisition #009197)

Job Summary:

Assists the principle investigator or lead researcher/evaluator in the conduct of complex research and evaluation projects. The research associate will also provide support by completing participant recruitment, data collection, data entry, sampling, and written reports. This position provides guidance to graduate assistants assigned to the Principle Investigator.


Master's degree in related field. Highly motivated and possesses the ability to work both independently and collaboratively with other project partners. Must have keen attention to detail and excellent organizational skills. Provides expertise on research and evaluation projects as assigned to include data collection, data entry, and conducting literature reviews.  

Min Quals

Master's of Education, Arts, Social Work, or Graduate degree in other related field.

Hiring Rate = $40k

The University of South Carolina requires individuals to complete an online application. You may access USC Jobs Online Employment site at

The University of South Carolina is an EO Institution. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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 (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:

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!