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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 Students: Letter from the Dean

Letter from the Dean | August 10, 2022

Operations and Supply Chain Graduate Program Rises to No. 6 in Gartner Ranking

The Moore School's graduate operations and supply chain program now ranks No. 6 in North America, according to global research firm Gartner.

SHARPGrads Program

Registration is now open for the fall 2022 SHARPGrads workshop series sponsored by University Libraries, Research Computing and the Graduate School. The SHARPGrads Skills, Habits, and Research Program is open to all Columbia campus graduate students and offers free training in digital scholarship, computing, and library research concepts.

Five GTA/GIAs Awarded Teaching Resource Development Grants

Graduate teaching assistants Rochelle Altman, Camryn Garrett, Olivia Darr Weakland, Shea Ferguson, and Chihchi (Sunny) Tsai, were recently awarded teaching resource development grants for the development of instructional materials and other resources that will be shared through the University of South Carolina Center for Teaching Excellence.

Blockbuster Research

Professor Fabio Matta and a team of UofSC undergraduate and graduate assistants, are using science and engineering to develop new, innovative and disaster-resistant building materials.

Psychology Alumna Recognized for Advancing Field with Life-changing Work

Psychologist, BJ Casey, has dedicated decades to the study of cognitive neuroscience, a field she shaped and influenced alongside her mentors who founded the field. In recognition of her scholarship and innovative research, Casey was recently awarded the 2022 George A. Miller Prize. The prize, awarded by the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, recognizes scholars at the cutting-edge of their discipline.

Ph.D. Candidates Earn First Place in Business Analytics Contest

Ph.D. students Kevin Enyekwe and Chanyong Yoo won the grand prize and the best overall winning team award from the 2022 Master Modeler Competition in March. The event, hosted by UofSC in partnership with Georgia Tech, is an academic challenge that allows graduate students to gain real-world experience solving a business problem for a community-driven organization.

GJMPP Scholar Receives 2022-2024 Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship

Ph.D. student and Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program scholar, Gwen Hopper, is a recent recipient of the Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management (NOAA). The fellowship is a two-year program that provides graduate students the opportunity to conduct collaborative research at one of the 29 protected national estuarine research reserves across the nation.

Ero Aggelopoulou-Amiridis is Proud to be a Gamecock

President-elect Michael Amiridis isn't the only Gamecock returning to the roost this summer. His wife, Ero Aggelopoulou-Amiridis, has just as deep a Carolina connection. In addition to her bachelor's degree in math from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the university's new first lady holds two advanced degrees from USC -- a master's in art history, '97, and a Ph.D. in philosophy, '12.

The Graduate School Announces Award Recipients

Each year, the Graduate School recognizes excellence in research, teaching, leadership and community engagement through a variety of merit-based awards for graduate students. The Graduate School is pleased to announce the award recipients for 2022.

Give 4 Garnet 2022: A Day of Giving

The University of South Carolina will hold the fifth annual Give 4 Garnet: A Day of Giving event, on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. The Graduate School will participate in the campaign to raise funds for graduate student scholarly initiatives.

Spring 2022 Commencement Ceremonies

The University of South Carolina will host commencement ceremonies for Spring 2022 graduates on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7. The ceremonies will recognize bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and professional degree recipients.

Graduate Student Needs Assessment Survey

The Graduate School and the Department of Student Life have partnered to launch the Graduate Student Needs Assessment Survey. Data from this survey will be used to inform program and resource planning for UofSC graduate students. Students who complete the survey will have the option to enter a drawing with a chance to win prizes. The survey is open until May 6, 2022.

Weldon Named Dean of Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education

Tracey L. Weldon has been named dean of the Graduate School and vice provost for graduate education at the University of South Carolina, effective May 1, after serving in the interim role for more than a year.

Four Students to Complete Summer Institutes in Critical Languages

Laurel Davis, Maeve Smith, Hall West, and graduate student Agnes Nzomene Kahouo Foda have earned Critical Language Scholarships for summer 2022. These scholarships from the State Department fund 12 weeks of immersive study in a language deemed essential to America's national security and economic prosperity.

Climate Change and Environmental Policy

UofSC graduate school alumni and scientists, Reem Deeb and Sumi Selvaraj, are applying their expertise to help corporations adopt more eco-friendly approaches to doing business and developing more equitable policies for coastal land use.

Q&A With Toby S. Jenkins

The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education named Toby S. Jenkins the 2022 recipient of the Individual Leadership Award. Dr. Jenkins serves as the director of the College of Education's Museum of Education and the interim associate dean of diversity, equity and inclusion of The Graduate School.

Graduate Student Appreciation Week 2022

Graduate Student Appreciation Week 2022, at the University of South Carolina, will be held from April 4-8, 2022. To celebrate the important contributions of University of South Carolina graduate students, the Graduate School will host a variety of activities and professional development events throughout the week.

US News Rankings: UofSC Tops in International MBA, Med School Grads in Underserved Areas

The University of South Carolina's international business program retained its spot as the best in the country, while the School of Medicine Columbia remained the best school for graduates practicing in underserved areas, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate School rankings.

2022 Diverse Rising Graduate Scholar

Doctoral student and Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program scholar, Nancy Uriegas, was recently named a 2022 Diverse Rising Graduate Scholar by Diverse issues in Higher Education. Uriegas shared her story in the March graduate education edition of Diverse newsmagazine.

Moore School No. 1 International MBA Program Launching Global Business Leaders

For the ninth consecutive year, the Darla Moore School of Business International MBA program is ranked No. 1, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2023 rankings. This is the 33rd consecutive year the IMBA program has been in the top 3.

Climate Change and the Weather

Nick Sokol and Jennifer Fill, scientists who both earned their Ph.D.s from South Carolina, are looking at how changing weather patterns can help predict alternative energy production and how wildfires spawned by these climate changes are affecting plant ecosystems.

Alumni Make Their Mark on Mars Exploration

South Carolina graduate students have played instrumental roles in developing the technology to scour the Red Planet's surface for signs of ancient life and then getting that technology safely there. Whether in research labs on campus or in NASA offices, they've made their mark on our neighbor in the solar system

Nursing Ph.D. Graduate Works to Improve Understanding of Cervical Cancer Causes

Chigozie Nkwonta, who earned her Ph.D. from the College of Nursing, studies ways to increase HPV vaccinations and cervical cancer screenings in her home country of Nigeria.

Global Warming and the Ocean

Global Warming is increasing the saltiness and temperature of the oceans, which adversely affect coral reefs and could worsen other aspects of marine ecosystems. Two scientists who earned their Ph.D.s from South Carolina are gathering data on marine problems linked to climate change.

 

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