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  • USC Top 3 Producer in Nation for Hollings Scholars

    Seven rising juniors at the University of South Carolina have been chosen as 2014 Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholars. This year's recipients, Riley Brady, Alicia Cheripka, Charlotte Eckmann, Chandler Green, Suneil Iyer, Kelly McCabe, and Ariane Robbins, bring the total number of USC Hollings Scholars to 25 over the nine years of this national competition, with 12 won in the past three years alone. This is the largest number of Hollings Scholar's that USC has received in a single year and places the University in the top three Hollings Scholars producers of colleges and universities nationwide.

    Participation in the Hollings Scholarship Program exposes rising juniors and seniors to the mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and to our nation's long history of oceanic and atmospheric stewardship, reflected in the dedicated career of retired South Carolina Senator Ernest F. Hollings. Hollings Scholars are expected to become scientists, policy-makers, or educators in the future US oceanic and atmospheric workforce. The class of 2014 Hollings Scholars includes 106 students from across the country.

    Brady is a McNair Scholar and a member of the South Carolina Honors College, double majoring in Marine Science and German. A recipient of the David Odom Scholarship, he was also named an Elks National Foundation Scholar. Last summer, he completed an internship with the fisheries ecology lab at University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Science, and currently conducts part-time research investigating the effect of climate change on crucial ocean processes. Brady is a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, a Magellan Ambassador, and co-founder of Walk Home Cocky. He plans to earn a PhD in physical oceanography.

    Cheripka is founder and president of the Wildlife Association at the University. A Woodrow Scholar, she is a member of the Lady Gamecock Division I swim team and a volunteer at the South Carolina ASPCA animal shelter. Cheripka complements her major program of study in Marine Science serving as a lab assistant for Dr. Jay Pinckney. Ultimately, she aims to work on coral reef conservation focusing on invasive species management.

    Eckmann is a McNair Scholar and a member of the South Carolina Honors College. With her strong interest in Marine Science, she is a member of SEAS (Students Engaged in Aquatic Science) and a volunteer in Dr. Sean Norman's Microbial Ecology Lab. Eckmann is a founding member of Carolina Rotaract. She spent last summer interning with the Benthic Ecology Program at Mote Marine Lab. Her future plans are to complete graduate studies in biological oceanography.

    Green is a Capstone Scholar who received both the Magellan Apprentice and Voyager Awards. Last summer, she researched and filmed a documentary in Iceland, which she presented at the 2014 National Conference for Undergraduate Research. An Environmental Science major, she is a Capstone Ambassador as well as a videographer for Carolinas Integrated Sciences Assessments and volunteer with the Conservation Voters of S.C. Green plans to pursue a career in science communication and filming documentaries.

    Iyer is a Marine Science and Geology double major in the South Carolina Honors College. A recipient of the USC Marine Science Departmental Scholarship, he is active with the SEAS (Students Engaged in Aquatic Science). Iyer works on an undergraduate research project involving tidal propagation up rivers with Dr. Alexander Yankovsky. He plans to attend graduate school and research physical oceanography or coastal geology.

    McCabe is a recipient of the Baruch Institute Undergraduate Scholarship in Marine Science and the Marine Technology Society Scholarship. She is a Marine Science major, and is interested in the field of chemical oceanography. She is a research assistant in Dr. Claudia Benitez-Nelson's Biogeochemistry Laboratory, and assisted in the reconstruction of the University's marine science classroom and wet laboratories. Outside of class, McCabe is active with Relay for Life, Boo at the Zoo with Riverbanks Zoo, intramural beach and indoor volleyball, and is secretary of SEAS (Students Engaged in Aquatic Science).

    Robbins is a member of the South Carolina Honors College in the Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae degree program with a focus on Urban Ecology. A recipient of the Cooper Scholar Award, she is also an intern for Sustainable Carolina's Food Independence Team, the co-president of the Real Food Challenge at USC, Vice President for SAGE (Students Advocating a Greener Environment), and Faculty Event Coordinator for the Honors Council. She hosts a radio show for WUSC, the student-run radio station. She plans to work in sustainable urban planning after her studies.

    Hollings Scholars study a variety of disciplines including biological, life, and agricultural sciences; physical sciences; mathematics; engineering; computer and information sciences; social and behavioral science; and teacher education. The scholarship provides up to $8,000 of academic assistance per school year for full-time study during the junior and senior years. A required, 10-week, paid ($650/week) summer internship including travel and living expenses is also included.

    Hollings Scholars were assisted by Dr. Claudia-Benitez Nelson, advisor for this scholarship and Director of the Marine Science Program, with a joint appointment in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences in the School of Earth, Ocean and Environment. Dr. Benitez-Nelson stated that, "the Hollings Scholarship is one of the top honors that an undergraduate majoring in Marine or Environmental Science can receive, and highlights the outstanding students within School of the Earth, Ocean, & Environment here at USC." Hollings Scholars were also aided by the University's Office of Fellowships & Scholar Programs ( Carolina students interested in applying for national fellowships are encouraged to contact the office for assistance.

  • USC NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Winners

    Four current USC students and six USC 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. Three others current students, Drew DeLorenzo, Taylor Garrick, and Timothy Workman and four alumnae, Jacqueline Cantwell, Cara Fertitta, Kirstie Hewson, and Erin McParland, were selected for Honorable Mentions in this prestigious graduate fellowship competition.

    The National Science Foundation has awarded 2,000 three-year Graduate Research Fellowships of approximately $132,000 each to outstanding college and university students for the year 2014. Since 1952, NSF has provided fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering.


    Clegg will graduate in May from the South Carolina Honors College with a major in Biomedical Engineering. A 2013 Goldwater Honorable Mention, he is also the recipient of the Cooper Scholarship, the Pappas Scholarship in Biomedical Engineering, as well as Magellan and SURF funding for his undergraduate research work with Dr. Melissa Moss. Former Vice President of Theta Tau, he is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Tau Beta Pi. He plans to obtain his PhD in Biomedical Engineering and conduct research in translational drug delivery.

    Croom will graduate in May from the South Carolina Honors College with a major in Mechanical Engineering. A McNair Scholar, he is also a National Merit Scholarship winner and a Lieber Scholar. His research with Dr. Michael Sutton explored digital image correlation and experimental mechanics, and he was named the SC Society of Professional Engineer's Top Undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering. Croom also serves as Project Manager for USC's chapter of Engineers Without Borders project in La Victoria, Ecuador, which was supported by a Magellan grant. He plans to teach and continue research as a professor in mechanical engineering.

    Graczyk is a 2013 graduate of the South Carolina Honors College with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. A McNair Scholar, she was a Magellan Scholar and recipient of USC's Outstanding Senior Award, as well as a member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society. In addition to research in the USC Aphasia Lab, she previously conducted research at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the National Institutes of Health. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.

    Matzelle is a 2010 graduate of USC, with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at Northeastern University. She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, a participant in Service Saturdays, and did both outreach and volunteer research with the Biology department. She plans a career pursuing her interests in marine physiological ecology, climate change biology, and sustainability.

    Messman is a 2013 graduate of the South Carolina Honors College with a major in Experimental Psychology, and is currently working on her PhD in Education and Psychology at the University of Michigan.

    Pinion graduated from USC in 2012, with dual degrees in Chemistry and Physics. A Capstone Scholar, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and was the recipient of a Magellan Award and the Hiram and Lawanda Allen Award for Excellence in Chemistry for research at USC. In 2013, he was an NSF GRFP Honorable Mention. He currently holds the Ernest L. Eliel Graduate Fellowship at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he researches methods and applications of semiconductor nanonwire morphological control with Dr. James Cahoon while pursuing his PhD in Chemistry.

    Riley is a 2012 graduate of the South Carolina Honors College, with majors in Chemistry and Psychology. At USC, he was a McNair Scholar, and recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, the ODK Senior of the Year, and USC Outstanding Senior Award. He was a University Ambassador, a Resident Mentor, and did undergraduate research with Dr. Stephen Morgan, for which he received a Magellan. He is currently working towards his PhD in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and plans a career as a professor at a research university in the fields of mass spectrometry and proteomics.

    Rowles is a December 2013 graduate of USC, earning his BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering. A Capstone Scholar, he was a lab volunteer in the Environmental Engineering lab of Dr. Navid Saleh, and he served as Vice President of both the Institute of Transpiration Engineers and the Mountaineering Whitewater Club at USC. He is a member of Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society and ASCE, and was the recipient of the Ed Yaghjian Undergraduate Studio Art Award. Active in the ceramic studio at USC, he will be pursuing his passion for both ceramics and engineering through his research incorporating nano material in ceramic filters for purifying contaminated water in his graduate work at UT Austin, where he will be earning his PhD in Environmental Engineering.

    Steward is a 2011 graduate of Tufts University, and a current PhD student in Biology at USC. A Presidential Scholar at USC, she is working in the lab of Carol Boggs, researching a species of butterfly responding to habitat invasion by a nonnative plant. She is a member of GABS (Graduate Association of Biology students), active with the Carolina Butterfly Society (Midlands Chapter), and rows for the Columbia Rowing Club. At Tufts, she won two research scholarships, graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and received the Class of 1942 Prize. She plans a career in academia.

    Taylor is a 2013 graduate of the South Carolina Honors College, with degrees in Biological Sciences and History. He was the Kit and James T. Pearce, Sr. Carolina Scholar, as well as a recipient of a Magellan, SURF, and Passport Grant. He was the library assistant to Dr. Patrick Scott of the Special Collections Library, and an undergraduate researcher in the Stratmann Lab. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Plant Biology at UC Davis.

    Honorable Mentions

    Cantwell is a 2012 graduate of the South Carolina Honors College, where she majored in Chemistry and minored in French. A McNair Scholar, she was also the recipient of the Lieber Scholarship and the National Merit Scholarship, as well as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key, NSCS, Sigma Alpha Lamda, and Alpha Lamda Delta. In 2012, she received a Fulbright to pursue research in France, and is now a PhD student in Chemistry at Northwestern University, where she conducts research in inorganic solid state chemistry and plans to be a university professor and research scientist.

    DeLorenzo will graduate in May from the South Carolina Honors College with dual degrees in Marine Science and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and a minor in Business Administration. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, his past accolades include a 2012 Hollings Scholarship, 2013 Goldwater Scholarship, 2013 MASNA Undergraduate Scholar award, 2013 USC Outstanding Marine Science Rising Senior and 2014 Fulbright finalist. His undergraduate research in Dr. Jerry Hilbish's lab has been supported by Magellan and Voyager grants. He will attend Washington University in St. Louis for a PhD in Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering focusing on biofuels.

    Fertitta is a 2010 graduate of USC with a BS in Biology. She is currently a PhD candidate in Plant Ecology at UC Riverside.

    Garrick is a 2013 magna cum laude graduate of the South Carolina Honors College with a major in Chemical Engineering, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Chemical Engineering at USC. Past president and current advisor for Tau Beta Pi, he was the recipient of the Dean's Scholarship, the Henry M. Rothberg Bicentennial Scholarship. He did undergraduate research with Dr. John Weidner, and completed research supported by Magellan, SURF, and Magellan Mini Grants. He is currently a Presidential Scholar, and plans a career in industrial research or research in a national lab in electrochemistry and alternative energy.

    Hewson is a 2013 summa cum laude graduate of the South Carolina Honors College with a major in Experimental Psychology. The Ralph David Neuman Carolina Scholar, she also graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and was a member of the USC University Choir. She was a research assistant for Dr. Mark Weist, and completed an independent study with Dr. Nicole Zarrett on Project P.L.A.Y. She is currently working towards her PhD in Education, with a specialization in Learning, Cognition, and Development, at UC - Irvine, and plans to work as a research professor upon completion of her degree.

    McParland graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2013 from USC, with a major in Marine Science. A Capstone Scholar and a 2011 Hollings Scholar, she received a Magellan for her research with Dr. Benitez-Nelson's biogeochemical lab, and was VP of Epsilon Sigma Alpha and president of Best Buddies. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Ocean Sciences at the University of Southern California, and plans a career in academia researching global ocean change due to climate change.

    Workman is a 2012 graduate of USC, with a major in Electrical Engineering. A Capstone Scholar, he also received the Palmetto Fellows scholarship and received the 2012 Outstanding Senior in Electrical Engineering award. He was a math tutor for the Academic Center for Excellence and a research assistant in the Power Electronics department. He is currently pursuing his MS in Electrical Engineering at USC, where he was recognized as an outstanding teaching assistant in 2013, and plans to pursue his interest in Signal Integrity and go on to earn his PhD and teach at the college level.

    The USC NSF Committee, co-chaired by Erin Connelly (Biology) and Michael Matthews (Chemical Engineering), and comprised of Brian Habing (Statistics), Melayne McInnes (Economics), and Ken Shimizu (Chemistry and Biochemistry) is to be commended for their work with these students.

    The Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs identifies and recruits student to apply for nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships, Since 1994 when the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs was established, 78 University of South Carolina students and recent graduates have won NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.

    Click here for the entire list of NSF Fellows and Honorable Mentions.

  • University of South Carolina Announces Critical Language Scholarship Winners
    Hannah Keefer, a USC junior, and John Tasevski, a 2013 graduate, have each been awarded a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to attend an overseas intensive language institute this summer. Keefer will study Chinese, and Tasevski will study Turkish. A program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship Program offers intensive summer language institutes in 13 critical foreign languages. The selection process is administered by American Councils for International Education with awards approved by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The CLS Program is administered by American Councils and The Ohio State University/Ohio University. This brings USC's total of CLS award winners to 17 since it was established in 2006.

    Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes are part of a U.S. government interagency effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages. Scholarship recipients receive funding to participate in beginning, intermediate and advanced level summer language programs at American Overseas Research Centers and affiliated partners.

    Keefer is a junior International Studies and History major with a minor in Chinese, and a member of the South Carolina Honors College. A junior Phi Beta Kappa, she is the recipient of the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, the USC Dean's Leadership Scholarship, the Kapstone Scholarship, the Zonta International's Young Women in Public Affair's Scholarship (2011), and the Coolidge Award in History. Keefer is currently studying abroad in Kunming, China, where she finds time to volunteer with a non-profit to aid TB patients. Back in the US, she has been a clerk at the Richland County Public Defender's office, a museum interpreter at the Powder Magazine in Charleston, and a member of USC's Rotaract Club. She is a member of and served as treasurer for Phi Alpha Delta, and a member of Phi Alpha Theta Honors Society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Sigma Alpha Lambda Honors Society. Keefer has also volunteered as a buddy for Buddies Beyond Borders, and as a conversation partner with the English Programs for Internationals (EPI) program. She plans to attend law school to study international law, and ultimately work for the Federal Government or the United Nations.

    Tasevski is a December 2013 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Linguistics. He was a Capstone Scholar, the recipient of the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship and the Dean's Scholarship, and graduated summa cum laude. While an undergraduate, he was very active with the Methodist Student Network at USC, helping with monthly international student dinners and participating in volunteer mission trips to New York, New Orleans, and Brazil. He volunteered with the Washington Street UMC soup cellar, and served as a conversation partner with the English Programs for Internationals (EPI) program. Tasevski plans to continue his study of Turkish, and hopes to teach English as a foreign language, as well as work on researching and promoting peace in the Balkan region.

    Students interested in the CLS and other national fellowships are assisted by the Office of Fellowships & Scholar Programs. For more information about the CLS, contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs at 777-0958, visit us online at

  • 22nd Consecutive Year USC Student Earn Goldwater Scholarships
    For the twenty-second consecutive year, USC students have been named Goldwater Scholars. A total of 45 Goldwater Scholarships have been won by USC students since 1990. All 45 Goldwater Scholars have been members of the South Carolina Honors College.

    Connor Bain and Eric Bringley have been named 2014 Barry M. Goldwater Scholars and Daniel Utter has received an Honorable Mention. Nationally, 283 Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,166 mathematics, science, and engineering students, nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. The one and two year scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, room and board for up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

    The Goldwater Scholarship is awarded nationally to sophomores and juniors pursuing bachelors' degrees in natural sciences, mathematics, or engineering and who intend to pursue a career in research and/or college-level teaching. Each university may only nominate four students for this award.

    Bain is a junior, double majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics with a minor in Music, and a member of the South Carolina Honors College. He is the Solomon Blatt Carolina Scholar. Bain has participated in interdisciplinary and diverse research experiences since high school, including an REU at Duke working in the Systems and Networking Research Group (SyNRG) and with Dr. Nelakuditi (USC Computer Science) in mobile computing. An accomplished percussionist, he is also working on a composition for Vibraphone and Google glass he plans to perform. Bain is a co-founder of Carolina Science Outreach, a 2013 Magellan Scholar, 2012-13 Leadership Scholar, 2013 Udall Honorable Mention, and the recipient of the Joseph M. Biedenbach and Wyman L. Williams Mathematics Scholarships. He plans to earn a PhD in Computer Science and conduct research on the frontier of mobile computing and teach at the university level.

    Bringley is a sophomore in the South Carolina Honors College, pursuing dual degrees in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. An Eagle Scout, he is also a 2013 Magellan Scholar and 2012 Rothesburg Scholar. Bringley's research career began while he was in high school, working with Dr. Stephen Morgan (USC Chemistry) where he continues to do research. He researched as an intern at the Library of Congress last summer. He is a peer tutor in physics, math and chemistry and high school and middle school tutor for math and chemistry. Bringley plans to complete a PhD in Analytical Chemistry and conduct research analytic forensic chemistry and teach at the university level.

    Utter is a junior Marine Science major with an emphasis in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. He is currently the lead undergraduate lab assistant for Dr. James Pinckney (USC Marine Science) and a lab assistant for Baruch Wet Lab. Additionally, he earned a Magellan Scholarship to research a coral disease topic, mentored by Dr. Pamela Morris (USC Marine Science). Previous research experience includes interning at the Republic of the Marshall Islands EPA and at the South African Shark Conservancy. He is a member of Students Engaged in Aquatic Sciences (SEAS), Wildlife Association at USC (WAUSC) and is a contributing writer to MarSci, USC's undergraduate marine science journal. Utter plans to pursue a PhD in Marine Biology and conduct research on biochemical pathways of marine organisms at the cellular level.

    The University's Goldwater Committee, chaired by Dr. Douglas Meade (Mathematics) and including faculty members Dr. Melissa Moss (Chemical and Biomedical Engineering), Dr. Scott Goode (Chemistry), Dr. Susan Alexander (South Carolina Honors College), and Dr. Seth John (Earth and Ocean Sciences), worked with all the University nominees in preparing their applications. The Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs ( further assisted the Goldwater applicants.

    Click here for the entire list of Goldwater Scholars.

  • Three University students named Truman Scholar Finalists
    Andrea Eggleston, Andrew Kovtun, and Davontae Singleton have each been named a Truman Scholar Finalist. Highly competitive and prestigious, the $30,000 Truman Scholarship is awarded to approximately 60 juniors nationally for superior academic ability, a strong record of service and leadership, and plans for careers in public service.

    All three undergraduates are members of the South Carolina Honors College. Kovtun will interview in Cincinnati, OH on March 26, and Eggleston and Singleton will interview in Atlanta, GA on April 2 for the scholarship. This year, 204 finalists have been named from 138 institutions across the US.

    A McNair Scholar (the most prestigious out of state scholarship at USC), Eggleston is pursuing a Biomedical Engineering degree, with minors in Biology, Chemistry, Spanish, and Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior. She has served as the President and Treasurer of USC's chapter of Engineering Without Borders, and traveled to Ecuador to work on their "Group Irrigation and Public Health Project." Eggleston volunteers at the Good Samaritan Dental Clinic Manager, Dental Assistant, and Spanish English Translator, and served as the President of the Predental Club at USC. She plans to pursue a doctorate in dental medicine, and spend her career as a dentist focused on oral health disparities in the United States.

    Kovtun is also a McNair Scholar, and is completing majors in International Business, Economics, and Marketing, with minors in Russian and French. A recent winner of the USC Proving Ground FanFavorite Prize for his creation of the website, Kovtun also hosts the political talk show "Dogma Shwarma" on WUSC FM, is a Viewpoints Staff Writer for the Daily Gamecock, serves as the Business Senator for Student Government, and is the Defense and Diplomacy Chair for the Roosevelt Institute. He plans to become a Foreign Service Economics Officer with the US State Department.

    Singleton plans to complete his undergraduate degree in English with an emphasis on Secondary Education. Executive Director of the Waverly Afterschool Program, he is also president of both Students for Big Brothers Big Sisters and USC's Chapter of No Kid Hungry. He serves as a Big Brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia, has been a U101 Peer Leader, and is the Co-Chair of the Student Representative Board of USC Connect. Singleton plans to earn his MT before pursuing a career in teaching English and being an advocate for "At Risk" and high poverty school districts.

    University of South Carolina Truman candidates are evaluated and nominated by a USC scholarship committee, chaired by Professor Shelley Smith in the Department of Sociology. Other members of the University Truman Committee include: David Simmons (Anthropology and Public Health), Steven Burritt (USC 1995 Truman Scholar), George Geckle (English), Don Fowler (Political Science), and Robert Felix (School of Law).

    USC has had six Truman Scholars. Recent USC Truman Scholars include Asma Jaber in 2007, Thomas Scott in 2006, Jeremy Wolfe in 2004, and Lara Bratcher in 2003.

    Click here for the entire list of Truman Scholar Finalists.

  • SCHC Student Receives Rotary Global Grant
    University of South Carolina senior Leila Heidari has been named as a recipient of the Rotary Global Grant to obtain her Masters in Global Health at Oxford University in Oxford, UK during the 2014-2015 academic year. Heidari is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Five Points in Columbia, South Carolina, which is in Rotary District 7770.

    A senior in the South Carolina Honors College, Heidari is pursuing a Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae (BARSC) degree in Environmental Health, with a focus on biology, psychology, environmental science, and public health. She holds the Class of 1939 Reunion Fund Carolina Scholarship, is a Palmetto Fellow, and member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa. Additionally, she received the 2012 Outstanding Student Volunteer of the Year Award, and received a Magellan grant to fund her research project "Developing a sustainable after-school gardening program that emphasizes nutrition and environmental education."

    Heidari's interest in global health is supported by her numerous campus activities and research experiences. A member of GlobeMed, she is an active leader with both Project Vida and the Honors Council. She has done research with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, as well as with the Center for Excellence in Learning in Education, Science and Technology in Boston. Heidari has worked with Dr. Tim Mousseau's lab to complete the SURF-funded research project "Is radioactive contamination from Fukushima accident increasing genetic damage in animals?" She has also been involved with the Green Learning Community, Carolina Service Council, and the Newman Club. Alongside her studies at Oxford, Heidari hopes to continue working to address the needs of elementary school students by partnering with local elementary schools to establish a gardening and health promotion and education program. Both her studies and her community project fall under the area of disease prevention, one of the Rotary's six areas of focus.

    Rotary is the world's largest privately funded international scholarship program whose scholars further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas by encouraging person-to-person diplomacy. Rotary Global Grants are valued at over $30,000, provide nine (9) months of study abroad, and encourage recipients to engage in community service work.

    Heidari brings the university's total of Rotary Scholars to 83 since the 1994 establishment of the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs (OFSP) which assists students as they prepare applications for national fellowship competitions. To learn more about such competitions and view a complete list of the University's Rotary Scholars, visit

    For more information about applying for the Rotary Global Grant, join OFSP for a Rotary Workshop on Monday, February 3rd at 3:30 p.m. in the Gressette Room of Harper College.

    Click here to read more about Leila and her sponsoring Rotary Club.


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