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Graduate School Welcomes Scholars

Graduate School Welcomes Scholars


On August 23, 2018, the Graduate School hosted a welcome reception for graduate students and newly minted PhDs from graduate programs in the humanities in the Carolina Room at Capstone. The Presidential Fellows, Bridge Humanities Corps, Graduate Civic Scholars, and Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program scholars attended with their faculty mentors. In addition, the Bilinski Fellows of the College of Arts and Sciences attended.

The Presidential Fellowship program is the University of South Carolina’s most prestigious university-wide award for promise of excellence at the graduate level. This program is unique among peer institutions for its reach across disciplines and focus on professional development and cultivating connections across degree programs. To date, 182 students from 38 academic programs in nine colleges have participated. In 2018-2019, 64 Presidential Fellows from 35 academic programs in eight colleges will participate in the program, including nine new Fellows. This program is directed by Dr. Heather Brandt.

The Bridge Humanities Corps, in partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of the Provost, aims to provide advanced doctoral students and newly minted PhDs with advanced training in humanities programming and professional development. Corps members are also responsible for teaching sections of the innovative Social Advocacy and Ethical Life course (SAEL 200) or Carolina Core equivalent requirement for undergraduates. In addition, Corps members receive pedagogical training and professional development programming. To date, 23 newly minted PhDs and ABDs from seven academic programs have participated. This is the third year of the Bridge Humanities Corps, and we have four newly minted PhDs and four ABD members. This program is directed by Dr. Brandt and Dr. Cynthia Davis.

The Graduate Civic Scholars Program is an innovative professional development opportunity for master’s and doctoral students who are interested in community and public engagement and action-based research. The program provides opportunities for interdisciplinary research, involvement in social justice initiatives, and an enhanced understanding of the role of scholarship in addressing societal needs. To date, 45 students from 26 academic programs have participated. This is the fourth year of the program, and we have 11 Scholars representing four colleges. The program is co-directed by Dr. Lucy Ingram in health promotion, education, and behavior and Dr. Allison Marsh in history.

The Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program is an initiative that recruits and prepares underrepresented minorities to become college and university professors. The initiative aims to promote and increase diversity in the professoriate. This program is directed by Dr. John McFadden with the assistance of Ms. Rhittie Gettone.

Pictured (L to R): Drs. Lucy Ingram and Allison Marsh, faculty directors of the Graduate Civic Scholars Program, are pictured with two scholars in the Graduate Civic Scholar Program.