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Minority Research Opportunities

The Office of the Vice President for Research is proud to contribute to the diversity of the University of South Carolina's campuses by helping to recruit and support under-represented minority faculty and students.

Below, we have collected a variety of resources to help under-represented minority scholars find opportunities in research and scholarship at every stage of their education, from K-12 through college and beyond.

K-12 Opportunities


Undergraduate Opportunities

South Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation (SC-AMP)

The South Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation at USC supports research opportunities for undergraduate minority students in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines. Student participants in this program have the opportunity to conduct a research project under the direction of a USC faculty mentor.

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate TRIO Program

The McNair program is a graduate school preparatory program for qualified undergraduate students who have a desire to continue their academic pursuits to the masters and doctorate level. The McNair program recruits minority and first-generation students, works with them in the graduate school application process and pairs them with faculty mentors who work with them on research projects. This program serves students from the University of South Carolina System and local historically black colleges and universities, providing an opportunity for students to experience and build relationships with faculty researchers at a Level I research institution.

Magellan Guarantee

This program funds research experiences for students who qualify for the Opportunity Scholars Program (OSP) through TRiO. OSP supports low income, first-generation college students and under-represented minorities in all disciplines.

USC-Morris College Mentoring Program

This program is funded by grant from the Department of Energy - Environmental Monitoring Program to Morris College and coordinated through the Office of the Vice President for Research. The program funds approximately 10 students selected by Morris College, a historically black college in Sumter, SC, to live on USC's flagship campus and conduct research with USC faculty in biology and mathematics over a ten-week period. The program provides a mentored research experience, professional development opportunities, social activities and a workshop with the Graduate School on admissions and financing graduate education. At the end of the summer, students present their research at the VPR Summer Research Symposium. If you would like more information, please click to email Dr. Lauren Clark.

Association of Minority Pre-Health Students (AMPS)

This student-run organization prepares and supports minority students planning to attend medical school in a family environment. Members have access to the Office of Pre-Professional Advising and its Resource Room.


Transitional Opportunities


Graduate Student Opportunities


Opportunities for Faculty to Support Under-Represented Minority Students