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Graduate Student Resource Fair

Posted: 08/25/2014

The Graduate School, the Thomas Cooper Library, and the Graduate Student Association are partnering to host the 2nd annual Graduate Student Resource Fair this Friday, August 29th, from 9:00AM to 12:00PM in the Hollings facility on the main floor of the Thomas Cooper Library. A wide variety of organizations and offices will be on hand to provide information and answer any questions the students in your department may have. The fair is designed to be an informal drop-in, and it is open to new and returning students. Refreshments will be served. We hope to see you on Friday!

Getting Started: Fall 2014

Posted: 07/17/2014

Welcome to the University of South Carolina! We look forward to seeing you on campus. To get started, we've compiled a short to-do list and highlighted a few welcome events. 

Fall 2014 insurance waiver period begins

Posted: 07/01/2014

The Fall 2014 insurance waiver period begins on July 1, 2014 and will end on September 14, 2014.  Students may submit insurance information and learn more about the requirement here.  

Graduate students awarded Fulbright Grants

Posted: 06/19/2014

For the 13th consecutive year, the University of South Carolina will be represented abroad by Fulbright Scholars conducting research, studying, and serving as English Teaching Assistants. 

Doctoral students named Jonas Nurse Leader Scholars

Posted: 06/19/2014

Eboni Harris, a PhD nursing student, and April Pegram, a DNP nursing student at the University of South Carolina, have been selected for the 2014–16 Jonas Nurse Leaders Scholar Program 

New graduate program in engineering management

Posted: 05/27/2014

The College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) at the University of South Carolina is launching a new master’s degree program designed to help engineers and computer science professionals learn to manage innovation and projects within their companies. 

Artist's lens on an undersea world

Posted: 05/01/2014

Chemistry up close

Posted: 05/01/2014

Fun. That’s probably not the first adjective K-12 students might associate with chemistry. But it just might be if they’ve seen one of the University of South Carolina’s chemistry shows. 

U of SC researchers contribute to groundbreaking report on international climate change

Posted: 05/01/2014

After four years of long hours in the office, thousands of scientific sources, and thousands of miles of travel, three professors in the University of South Carolina’s geography department can finally take a breather. 

Provost honors graduates, advisors

Posted: 04/30/2014

Provost Michael D. Amiridis and Dr. Argiri Aggelopoulou-Amiridis hosted the 2nd Annual Tenure-Track Placement Dinner on April 29 at the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library to celebrate doctoral candidates from the class of 2013-2014 who have already landed tenure-track faculty positions. 

USC celebrates 2014 NSF Graduate Fellowship winners

Posted: 04/16/2014

Four current USC students and six USC recent alumni have been awarded 2014 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF). Current students John Clegg, Brendan Croom, Lewis Rowles, and Rachel Steward, as well as alumni Emily Graczyk, Allison Matzelle, Elizabeth Messman, Christopher Pinion, Nicholas Riley, and Mark Taylor have all been named NSF GRF Fellows. 

Non-academic career options focus of April 22 panel discussion

Posted: 04/16/2014

Graduate students are invited to an interactive panel discussion with USC alumni who are using their advanced degrees in industry and non-academic fields. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 22, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the H. William Close Building (BA), Room 602 B. Register here. 

Volunteerism in two war zones

Posted: 04/01/2014

Most American civilians aren’t looking for reasons to go to Iraq and Afghanistan these days. But Ronald Bradley hasn’t let war zone dangers stop him from trying to make a big difference in the lives of little students there. 

In it for the long haul

Posted: 04/01/2014

For Anna Battiata, long-distance running is more than a passion. It’s a sport that took her on a two-year journey of nonstop training and inspired the focus of her current graduate studies. 

Science fairs in America

Posted: 04/01/2014

Ever stay up until 3 a.m. stenciling a hypothesis and conclusion onto a trifold poster with a graph somewhere in the middle? Okay, you know something about science fairs. Listen up, though: Sarah Scripps has you beat. 

17th Annual Graduate Student Day Highlights

Posted: 03/28/2014

One hundred and fifty students from 59 graduate programs competed in the categories of oral research presentation, poster research presentation, creative presentation, and 3-minute thesis/dissertation speech at Graduate Student Day on Friday, April 11, 2014. The Graduate School would like to thank everyone who participated, worked, and volunteered at Graduate Student Day 2014. We are also proud to recognize this year’s Graduate Student Day winners.

Chasing two passions

Posted: 03/24/2014

Chase W. Nelson is a third year doctoral student in bioinformatics and recipient of two prestigious National Science Foundation grants. But you won’t find him around the lab in the evenings, because for the next few weeks Nelson is starring in Trustus Theatre’s latest musical production, See Rock City and Other Destinations. 

We have a winner!

Posted: 03/14/2014

Congratulations to Brandi Lariscy Avant, winner of our 2nd Annual Graduate Student Day Logo Competition! 

Spring workshops to focus on professional development

Posted: 03/04/2014

The Graduate School, Center for Teaching ExcellenceGraduate Student Association, and Career Center are teaming up to bring you workshops and events to enhance your graduate school experience and to increase your employability in the academy, industry, and beyond.

Academic Matchmaker

Posted: 03/04/2014

University of South Carolina alumnus Wright Culpepper is working on behalf of the university to assist academic departments in attracting prospective graduate students to USC.  

Mapping an effective earthquake response

Posted: 03/03/2014

Ertin Derrick's work brings clearer focus to the fault lines under the Lowcountry.  

Communication Workshops are back!

Posted: 02/20/2014

Led by Dr. Jonathan Edwards from USC’s Speech Communication & Rhetoric Program, these popular workshops are designed to help students explain the value and relevance of their research and to prepare them for the 3 minute thesis/dissertation competition at Graduate Student Day. 

Provost to honor graduates, advisors

Posted: 02/18/2014

Provost Amiridis is hosting a dinner to celebrate graduates from August 2013 to August 2014 who have been awarded tenure-track positions. These students and their advisors will be celebrated at a dinner on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library. Graduates and/or advisors are asked to notify us about tenure-track appointments as soon as possible but no later than April 15

Celebrating milestones

Posted: 02/17/2014

Graduate students in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program celebrate as they finish their comprehensive exams with the traditional run to the torchbearer statue in front of the College of Education's Wardlaw building. Legend has it that if you touch the statue before comps, you won't pass the exam.

Science in art preservation

Posted: 01/30/2014

Brianna Cassidy enjoys taking on challenges in two fields that many see as worlds apart: science and art. And as a graduate student at South Carolina, she has found a way to contribute to both. 

Into the stacks

Posted: 01/30/2014

John Knox first set out to write his dissertation on British Romantic literature. He didn’t expect rare books and manuscripts in the University Libraries’ collections to influence his studies. 

Formatting workshops offered through March

Posted: 01/30/2014

Students who are writing a thesis or dissertation and will graduate in May or August 2014 are encouraged to attend a formatting workshop. The workshops start February 18 and will be offered regularly through March 21. 

Graduate School Spring 2014 Newsletter

Posted: 01/17/2014

See the latest news, announcements, and important dates for the spring semester. 

Online graduate programs among nation’s best

Posted: 01/09/2014

The University of South Carolina has three graduate programs ranked among the best in the nation in the latest U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Education Programs.

2nd Annual Logo Contest: Call for Entries

Posted: 01/09/2014

The Graduate School seeks logo designs for Graduate Student Day 2014. The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 28

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New graduate fellowship for Asian studies

Posted: 01/02/2014

The Center for Asian Studies and the Walker Institute will be offering a new graduate fellowship for incoming PhD students in the amount of $2,500 per year, renewable for two years. Outstanding graduate students interested in any aspect of the humanities and social sciences covered by the Center for Asian Studies (including East Asia, South Asia, and Southeast Asia) are eligible. Deadline: January 31, 2014. 

Award-winning maintenance

Posted: 12/20/2013

Travis Edwards is part of a USC effort that helps keep America’s soldiers safe and its military helicopters ready for action. And his contribution hasn’t gone unnoticed: Aviation Week recently named the mechanical engineering master’s candidate one of 20 promising young engineers in aerospace. 

A new perspective on physics-part 2

Posted: 08/08/2013

On Saturday morning Katarina Leila Mizouni will walk the stage with Frank Avignone, professor physics, to take part in the August 2013 doctoral hooding ceremony. In anticipation for the event, The Graduate School caught up with Mizouni over the phone to see what she’s been up to since completing her doctorate.

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Pursuing Musical Passion

Posted: 12/18/2013

Andrew Allen knew in middle school he wanted to teach music. He realized his goal in August when he began teaching at Valley City State University in Valley City, N.D., and conducting jazz band. 

From student to professional

Posted: 12/18/2013

Courtney Dunbaker has just made the leap from apprentice to professional, a process commonly celebrated but rarely described.  

Travel grants awarded to 315 graduate students

Posted: 12/09/2013

The Graduate School is proud to have supported 315 students for travel during the period from July 1, 2013-June 30, 2014. Traveling to conferences as first or sole authors, graduate students will present their research across four continents and throughout every region in the country, including Puerto Rico and Hawaii. 

Graduate Student Day proposals are due today, March 11, at 5 p.m.

Posted: 12/02/2013

The Graduate School welcomes proposals for our signature spring event, Graduate Student Day 2014. The annual celebration and competition will take place on Friday, April 11. 

A Gamecock in Kosovo

Posted: 11/21/2013

When Xi “Joe” Chen returned to Columbia last week to defend his dissertation, he had a few other items on his to-do list as well. He wanted to catch a football game at Williams-Brice, he wanted to soak up a little more Southern charm and he wanted to score a few kid-sized Gamecock T-shirts to take home — to Kosovo.

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Building communities for health

Posted: 11/20/2013

Deeonna Farr was on her way to becoming a medical doctor when she traveled to Ecuador to work with a community clinician. What she saw there changed her mind. 

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See the 2013 Graduate Student Ombudsman Report

Posted: 11/18/2013

The office of Graduate Student Ombudsman was created in 2012 to serve as an informal resource for addressing student problems and concerns. From July 1, 2012-July 31, 2013, the Graduate Student Ombudsman met with 143 graduate students. View the inaugural report here

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New Ph.D. in Sport and Entertainment Management

Posted: 11/15/2013

The Department of Sport and Entertainment Management (SPTE) at the University of South Carolina is proud to introduce a new Ph.D. program. Applications to the program are now being accepted. Courses will be offered beginning Fall 2014. 

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November 15 deadline for spring Travel Grant proposals

Posted: 11/07/2013

The Graduate School is pleased to offer Travel Grants to support terminal degree-seeking graduate students with travel to conferences to make presentations on behalf of the University of South Carolina. All completed travel grant proposals for spring travel (January 1-June 30, 2014) are due by
5 p.m. on Friday, November 15.  

Spring insurance waiver period begins November 5

Posted: 11/05/2013

The 2014 spring insurance waiver period begins on November 5, 2013 and will end on February 5, 2014. Students may submit their insurance information electronically through Student Health Services or Student Insurance.

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History student gets big forum for big ideas

Posted: 11/05/2013

Robert Greene enjoys thinking about big ideas, which are the stock and trade of intellectual history — the focus of his doctoral studies at USC. But beyond merely thinking about such things, Greene’s ability to articulate his ideas in an engaging fashion has earned him a prestigious forum. He’s now a regular contributor on the Society for U.S. Intellectual History’s blog site.

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Bringing local history to life

Posted: 11/04/2013

Just a little over a year ago, Brian Dolphin was attending an Oktoberfest celebration at a local Lutheran church. When a new acquaintance at his table mentioned that he was part of the parent teacher organization at A.C. Moore Elementary, Dolphin lit up. An intern at USC’s McKissick Museum, Dolphin was familiar with an exhibit there about Moore, a biology professor and two-time acting president of the University of South Carolina in the early 20th century.

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USC recognized for campus diversity

Posted: 11/04/2013

For the second year in a row, the University of South Carolina is recognized by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine as one of the nation’s top universities for diversity and inclusivity.

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Doctoral student in geography featured in No Limits campaign

Posted: 09/26/2013

Kevin Ash—a doctoral student in geography, Presidential Fellow, and researcher at the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute—is featured in the most recent No Limits story campaign. Ash lived through one the deadliest tornadoes in recent Oklahoma history.  Now he’s studying how people perceive and respond to weather warnings and events. See his No Limits profile here

Exploring Country Music's Dark Side

Posted: 09/26/2013

If there’s one thing South Carolinians love, it’s country music. So what’s a small-town metal fan to do? In the case of USC sociology student Anna Rogers, growing up in both of these musical worlds inspired her to take a different spin on the South’s relationship with the genre: she analyzed song lyrics as part of an undergraduate research project focusing on sexism in five music genres.

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Recording, formatting graduate student research

Posted: 09/24/2013

Libraries are constantly changing and adapting, so perhaps it’s unsurprising that the way they preserve graduate student theses and dissertations is changing too. Zach Lukemire, The Graduate School’s electronic thesis and dissertation (ETD) coordinator, recently convened with fellow ETD enthusiasts to discuss what the digitization of scholarship means for students, faculty, academic libraries and publishers.

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The Graduate School is coming to a town near you

Posted: 09/19/2013

Prospective students in the region will have an opportunity to meet with a representative from the University of South Carolina this fall, thanks to a new recruitment initiative led by The Graduate School.

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Entrepreneurship workshop to provide students with business overview

Posted: 09/17/2013

Graduate students are invited to an entreprenuership workshop on December 3 from 9 a.m.-noon in the Lumpkin Auditorium (8th floor, Moore School of Business)Students will learn the basics of opportunity and market analysis, business planning, market penetration strategy, and new venture teams and leadership. Register by November 29

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Salary negotiation to be the focus of September 3 grad student workshop

Posted: 08/26/2013

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New policy for university-related international travel

Posted: 08/19/2013

The Office of the Provost has issued a new policy that requires all students to register their international travel, to obtain international emergency travel insurance and to abide by university travel warnings.

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A new perspective on physics

Posted: 08/08/2013

Katarina Leila Mizouni, a candidate in Saturday's doctoral hooding ceremony, tells the triumphant story of her recovery from a grade 3 brain tumor. 

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Special Enrollment Status in a nutshell

Posted: 07/31/2013

We've outlined a few key steps to help demystify Special Enrollment Status (formerly Z Status).

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Foundation supports doctoral students

Posted: 07/29/2013

Starting this fall under a two-year grant of $500,000, 10 Carolina doctoral students in the College of Arts and Sciences—followed by 10 more in the fall of 2014—will become Bilinski Fellows through the Bilinski Educational Foundation.

Improved graduate student health insurance benefits

Posted: 07/17/2013

New benefits have been added to USC administered health insurance, and the yearly cost has gone down from $1,679 in 2012-2013 to $1,452 in 2013-2014.

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Simple steps to find your USC ID number

Posted: 06/11/2013

The University of South Carolina is replacing Social Security Numbers (SSNs) with USC ID numbers on university forms and documents. 

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Sharing the grad school experience

Posted: 05/24/2013

Students, graduate directors, program administrators and campus units are invited to submit ideas for the kinds of data they would like to see highlighted and distributed by The Graduate School.

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Congratulations to our 2013 Summer Dissertation Fellowship recipients

Posted: 05/02/2013

Qiang Zhang from Chemistry and Biochemistry, Jiyong Heo from Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Jennifer Slobodian from Comparative Literature are the recipients of this year’s Summer Dissertation Fellowship. 

Graduate School and College of Engineering & Computing awarded grant to recruit GEM Fellows

Posted: 05/02/2013

The Graduate School is partnering with Dr. Michael Matthews, Principal Investigator and Professor of Chemical Engineering, and the College of Arts and Sciences to increase access and success of underrepresented minority groups in the STEM fields.

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Graduates land tenure-track positions

Posted: 04/30/2013

More than 70 doctoral students from the class of 2012-2013 have already landed tenure-track faculty positions this year.

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USC announces 2013 Presidential Fellows

Posted: 04/25/2013

Twenty-three outstanding doctoral students will join the award-winning Presidential Fellows program this fall.

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See the list of Graduate Student Day award winners

Posted: 04/15/2013

Nearly 150 graduate students from 43 different fields of study competed at the 2013 Graduate Student Day competition held on campus Friday, April 12.

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Graduate students awarded research and creativity fellowships

Posted: 04/10/2013

Fifty-four graduate students at USC have been selected out of 152 as the first recipients of the Support to Promote Research and Creativity (SPARC) Graduate Research Fellowship, with funded grant projects encompassing topics from improved solid oxide fuel cell performance to body mapping for guitarists. 

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Nearly 150 graduate students to compete at April 12 showcase

Posted: 04/10/2013

Nearly 150 graduate students from 43 different fields of study will compete at the 2013 Graduate Student Day, which will be held on campus this Friday, April 12. 

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Non-academic career options focus of April 9 panel discussion

Posted: 03/26/2013

Graduate students are invited to an interactive panel discussion with master's and Ph.D. graduates who are using their advanced degrees in industry and non-academic fields. The panel will take place on April 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the H. William Close Building (BA), Room 602 B. Registration is required. 

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Grad programs shine in latest rankings

Posted: 03/22/2013

The University of South Carolina has seven graduate programs ranked among the nation's best in the latest U.S. News & World and Report’s list of top graduate schools. Those include programs in business, library science, public health, criminology and psychology. 

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Safe Zone allies now at The Graduate School

Posted: 03/22/2013

The Safe Zone Ally Program is a visible network of allies who are committed to creating a community of respect and dignity for LGBT individuals.

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Meet our Graduate Student Day logo design winner

Posted: 03/01/2013

Congratulations to Jessica Hogan, winner of The Graduate School’s first ever t-shirt and logo design competition. 

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An award winning program

Posted: 02/27/2013

The Graduate School at the University of South Carolina was awarded the 2012-2013 CSGS/ETS Award for Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Admissions at the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools for its flagship recruiting program, the Presidential Fellowship. 

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Career Development Workshop

Posted: 02/25/2013

 Friday, March 22, from 4-6 p.m. in the ODK Room in Russell House, we’re sponsoring a workshop designed to help you talk about your research in a way that your peers, your family, your prospective employers, and your academic colleagues across all disciplines will be able to understand. 

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New Category at Graduate Student Day

Posted: 02/05/2013

Graduate students will face a new challenge at this year's Graduate Student Day: how to consolidate their thesis or dissertation research into a 3-minute speech. To prepare students for the competition, The Graduate School is sponsoring a communication and research workshop on March 22

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National Science Foundation to support student's research in Taiwan

Posted: 05/08/2013

Presidential Fellow, Oberlin graduate, and the author of software designed to calculate nucleotide diversity from new DNA data formats, Chase W. Nelson is the recipient of two National Science Foundation grants: the  Graduate Research Fellowship and an East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Award, both of which will allow him to pursue bioinformatics research at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan this summer. We met up with Chase to congratulate him, and to ask him a few questions about his research and how he spends his free time in Columbia.

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Our scholars are sitting on goldmines!

Posted: 11/19/2012

USC Publisher-in-Residence George Thompson assesses the publishing landscape and offers graduate students some publishing advice

Publisher-in-Residence George Thompson knows a lot about top tier-research universities.  For years, the former editor of John Hopkins University Press and current academic publisher has been traveling across the country as a publishing consultant.  Having visited college campuses all across the South—including University of Texas, University of Georgia, and University of North Carolina—Thompson is familiar with the publishing landscape among graduate students at flagship universities.  

And, he sees something different brewing at the University of South Carolina. 

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Travel Grants Awarded to more than 260 Graduate Students

Posted: 12/18/2012

More than 260 graduate students from 42 doctoral and terminal master’s programs were awarded financial support from The Graduate School to make presentations on behalf of the University of South Carolina in 2012-2013.

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Historian blogs about sports, civil religion

Publisher-in-Residence to give November 15 public lecture, "Current Trends in Academic Publishing"

Publisher in Residence George Thompson will offer insights into the publishing market and give advice on how to ready manuscripts for publication in his public lecture, “Current Trends in Academic Publishing,” to be held on Thursday, November 15th at 4 p.m. in the Health Sciences Building, 800 Sumter Street, Room 114. The public is invited.

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