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Undergraduate Research

Magellan Scholar Award

The Basics

  • up to $3,000 per Magellan Scholar for salary, materials or travel
  • for projects in collaboration with a faculty mentor
  • funds research, scholarly and creative projects
  • all campuses and all disciplines are eligible
  • minimum institutional GPA of 3.300


Deadlines & Announcement Dates

Fall Deadline

October 24, 2018, at 5 p.m.
Announced:  December 18
Grants start January 2019

Spring Deadline

February 20, 2019, at 5 p.m.
Announced: April 11
Grants start May or August 2019


College of Nursing — Columbia

Requires you to submit an internal intent to submit form [pdf] ASAP and your proposal 10 business days before the stated deadline. 

Contact Lisa Spruill at You will also email the final version of your proposal to Lisa Spruill, not into USCeRA. 

College of Education — Columbia

Requires an internal review of your proposal five business days before the stated deadline. 

Contact Rebecca Wessinger at as soon as you intend to submit.

Required Application Workshop

You are required to attend one application workshop.
You must attend a workshop before you can apply for the Magellan Scholar program. Your application may be declined if you have not attended a workshop. Do not miss class for this - if you cannot attend any of the dates/times below - contact for alternatives ASAP.

Registration: Encouraged (complete form below) but not required. You MUST sign in at the workshop to record your attendance. 
Length: 45-50 minutes, followed by an optional 15-minute session for writing tips and hints.
Workshop dates, times, & locations: listed below

I attended a workshop before - do I need to attend again?

You only need to attend one workshop, but changes occur each application round. It is your responsibility to follow the current semester's rules, requirements and forms.

Are you resubmitting a proposal? If so, review the guidebook for resubmission guidelines and requirements.

How long is the workshop?

The required part of the workshop is ~45-50 minutes, followed by an optional 15-minute session on writing tips and hints.

I can't attend any of the workshop dates/times - help!

Contact Undergraduate Research immediately! Email us at, or call 803-777-1141, we may be able to offer an alternative.

Depending on how close the deadline, you may not be able to apply this round if you've missed all the workshops.

All of the workshop dates have passed for this semester - help!

Contact Undergraduate Research immediately! Email us at, or call 803-777-1141, we may be able to offer an alternative.

Depending on how close the deadline, you may not be able to apply this round if you've missed all the workshops.

NOTE: Workshops are posted at the beginning of each semester. Check back in mid-August for Fall and early January for Spring.

My campus isn't listed - help!

Each semester one workshop is offered by video conferencing to all campuses. See below for date, time, and location on each campus. 

If the date has passed or you are unable to attend, contact for alternatives.

Do mentors need to attend?

Mentors are encouraged to attend one workshop.

Mentors and students do not have to attend the same workshop.

Please check the guidebook for changes and each round the newest forms are available below.

Workshop dates, times, and registration


STUDENTS: Please enter your mentor's information in the next fields - if known.

Attendance is unlimited.

Workshop attendance is required.

NOTE: If the workshop locations, dates, or times do not work in your schedule, contact or 803-777-1141 ASAP - an alternative is available. Do NOT miss class to attend a workshop!

Download the Application Workshop Handout [pdf] 


USC Aiken

Thurs, Jan 24, 4:30pm Business and Education Bldg rm 140

USC Columbia

Fri, Jan 25, 2pm Russell House Room 305
Tues, Jan 29, Noon Russell House Room 305
Fri, Feb 1 Noon 1600 Hampton St. Room  404U
Wed, Feb 6, 9:30am Russell House Room 305
Tues, Feb 12, 5pm Russell House Room 305

USC Upstate

Please contact Adrian Hayes ( or

ALL Campuses by video conference

Fri, Feb 1 Noon - Be sure to download/print the Workshop Handout and REGISTER for the workshop above.

Campus locations TBA