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College of Arts and Sciences

  • Kamari Boyd navigates the narrow boardwalk to take part in a global study of organic matter decomposition in salt marshes.

    Research starts when you do

Research Opportunities

Research in the College of Arts and Sciences is as hands-on as you make it. You can work in a laboratory surrounded by beakers and Bunsen burners or study neuroscience in a brain imaging center. You can hit the books in the library or dig up history in the field. Crunch data from the Hubble telescope, or collect your own data from the Atlantic Ocean. 

And it can all start as early as your first day. 
Here are a few of our research centers and facilities. 

The Baruch Institute conducts research and supports education to improve how we manage our coastline and marine resources. The institute has lab facilities in Columbia, and researchers can do hands-on work in its 17,500-acre living laboratory on the Lowcountry coast. 

We’re home to the first organization dedicated to telling South Carolina’s civil rights story. A joint initiative of the College of Arts and Sciences and the University Libraries, the center brings the Palmetto State’s civil rights history to life and inspires an informed dialogue about today’s social justice issues. 

The Institute for Southern Studies explores the history, folklore and political movements of the American South. It serves as a link to the rich research resources at the university and brings together outstanding faculty from a wide variety of disciplines. 

The McCausland Center for Brain Imaging lets faculty and students explore one of the greatest frontiers in science: the brain. Students can collaborate with researchers using high-resolution brain imaging studies. 

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry uses the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility to conduct research with other universities and industrial clients. 


How to get involved with research

If you find a certain class most interesting, ask the professor about research opportunities in the department. If you already know what you’re interested in, browse the university’s research database to find a faculty member whose interests match yours. 


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