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Read up on news affecting graduate student life at UofSC and the groundbreaking, innovative projects keeping our students, faculty and staff at the top of their fields.

Graduate Alumna and Poet Laureate Pens Verse for USC

Poetry has been ingrained in Jennifer Bartell Boykin's life since she was young, and it's followed her through adventures as a student, journalist, teacher, advisor and more. Now, it's empowering her as Columbia's new poet laureate.

Graduate Scholar Maps the Brain, Uncovering Possible Paths to Aphasia Recovery

Nicholas Riccardi is one of the researchers at USC working to understand the brain and what causes aphasia, the loss of language ability. A doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychology and Presidential Fellow alumnus, Riccardi was named a 2023 Graduate Breakthrough Scholar.

Now Streaming: MLIS Grad Makes Herself Heard at Sling TV

Sara DeSantis got over her shyness after completing her Master of Library and Information Science degree and with her newfound confidence has been put to the test in her newest role as a content acquisitions specialist at Sling TV.

Turning Adversity Into Ambition

Professional MBA candidate Dominique Gray is the co-founder of the non-profit organization, Race 4 Achievement, Inc., which helps underprivileged youth in the Carolinas pursue higher education.

Alumnae Contributions Commemorated

As a tribute to the Black alumnae featured in the student-produced documentary The Backbone, USC's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion installed 18 bricks on the Horseshoe. The honorees' stories, including those of eight graduate school alumnae, span seven decades of university history.

Maggie Carson Awarded Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Environmental Health Sciences doctoral candidate, GCSP alumna, and former Graduate Student Association president, Maggie Carson, has been selected as a recipient of the 2023 Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship.

First-gen, Next-gen

Graduate alumna and first-generation college student, Hope Rivers, inspires a new generation as the first Black female president of Piedmont Technical College.

Whittaker Composition Commission to Premiere in April

School of Music doctoral student Shupeng Cao will have his first string-quartet composition premiere this spring after being chosen as the first recipient of the newly created Whittaker Composition Commission Fund award.

Forty-nine Graduate Students Selected to Receive 2022-2023 SPARC Grants

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the 2022-2023 SPARC grant awardees, each of whom will receive funding for their research over a 15-month period.

Get Ready: Start planning now for Discover USC 2023

Discover USC 2023 will be held on Friday, April 21 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Registration opens for Presenters, Volunteers and Reviewers on Monday, January 30, 2023.

U.S. News: USC Retains Top Ranking for Online Master's in Nursing

For the third straight year, the University of South Carolina's College of Nursing is ranked No. 1 nationally for its online master's in nursing program, according to U.S. News & World Report's annual online programs rankings released Tuesday (Jan. 24).

2023 Breakthrough Award Winners Announced

The office of the Vice President for Research has selected its Breakthrough Award recipients for 2023, including 14 Breakthrough Graduate Scholar awards for graduate student researchers. The awards recognize researchers at different career levels.

Center for Teaching Excellence | Certificates of Completion

The USC Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) in partnership with other university offices offers a selection of certificates of completion for faculty, instructors and teaching graduate students.

Artificial Intelligence, Real Application

December doctoral graduate, Manas Gaur, has worked to integrate more "human knowledge" into artificial intelligence. His work has applications in a wide range of fields from mental health care to autonomous driving.

Fall 2022 Commencement Ceremonies

The University of South Carolina's Fall 2022 Commencement Ceremonies will be held on Monday, December 12.

Classroom and Stage | Tenor Johnnie Felder Earns DMA, Prepares for Next Gig

Johnnie Felder, a trained tenor, and artist-in-residence with Opera Carolina, is graduating this December with a doctorate in vocal performance.

Winning Holiday Card Design Captures Spirit of the Season

Public health graduate student, Emma Jackson, was recently announced as the winner of USC's first Holiday Card Design Contest.

I Am Public Health: Jennifer Mandelbaum

Presidential Fellow alumna and Ph.D. in HPEB candidate Jennifer Mandelbaum graduates this month, and she's leaving a mark on the university and the state. For the past six years, she has advanced public health as a student, researcher and through her work at SC DHEC.

Celebrating 25 Years: Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program

After 25 years of supporting diversity and equity in the professoriate, the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program is honoring its legacy and looking forward to continued growth.

Graduate Students Rise to the Challenge in Unique Competition

On November 11, the Graduate School hosted the annual USC Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition with 33 presentations from a wide range of academic disciplines. Graduate students presented their research in just three minutes to an audience and a panel of judges.

Family Firsts: First-Generation College Students Add Energy, Resilience to USC Campus

In celebration of National First-Generation College Student Week Nov. 8-12, the university spoke with first generation USC alumni about their experiences, including Kim Butler Willis who earned her undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees from the Arnold School of Public Health.

McCausland Fund Awardees to Innovate Online Learning in Dance Education, Sociology

South Carolina's first master's degree in dance studies is under development thanks to two new McCausland Innovation Fund awards. The Master of Dance Studies program is a first-of-its-kind undertaking that will provide graduate-level dance study with the goal to address the increasing need for teachers in K-12 dance education.

Psychology Fellows Take On Opioid Epidemic

Opioid overdose deaths have been rising sharply in recent years in South Carolina. The state's first doctoral psychology fellowship focusing on substance abuse disorder treatment aims to change that trend through education and outreach.

USC Streamlines Logo, Introduces New Spirit Mark

The University of South Carolina announced it will simplify its branding marks, focusing on its iconic tree-and-gates academic logo and introducing a USC spirit mark. The university also will sunset the "UofSC" logo mark adopted in 2019. The brand update will take effect on Jan. 4, 2023.

The Power of Water

Focused on assisting families and individuals experiencing financial hardship, alumna Maria DeChellis' company helps ensure reliable water service isn't compromised by financial circumstance.


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