STEM Internships are funded through the WORC grant provided by the Savannah River
Site to support and enrich the academic experience of USC Salkehatchie undergraduates
who are interested in science, technology, engineering or mathematchic (STEM) or
STEM-related fields. By providing access to faculty-mentor relationships, Salkehatchie
encourages students to explore their interests at a more in-depth level than can be
attained in the classroom, which will help the students in their future studies and
All students who are interested in STEM-related areas and meet the following criteria
are encouraged to apply. An applicant must:
- have at least 12 college credits, including those in progress and on record, when
- be a full-time student of USC Salkehatchie taking mostly in-person courses from the Salkehatchie
campus during the period of the project,
- have a recommendation letter from a STEM faculty member addressing the student’s STEM
- meet one of the following GPA requirements:
- have a 3.0 GPA from the semester immediately prior to application,
- have a 2.5 overall GPA,
- earn a 2.5 GPA for the semester when applying if there is no record prior to the application.
Interns can earn up to $2,000 per semester.
Herbarium Specimen Preparation in the USC Salkehatchie Herbarium
The USC Salkehatchie Herbarium (SALK) houses over 2,000 vascular plant specimens from the Carolinas, Georgia, Arkansas,
and Missouri. Dr. Kilpatrick is the curator of the herbarium and collects new specimens
each year. Student interns are recruited to assist with specimen preparation. The
collection is digitally linked to the SouthEast Regional Network of Expertise and
Collections (SERNEC) and published in the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). GBIF is an international open access biodiversity data portal.
Cosmic rays are subatomic parcles that reach the Earth and originate from collisions
of galactic and extra‐galactic particles with atmospheric molecules. The cosmic rays
can be detected and measured with a scintillation detector connected to a data acquisition
system. In parcular, students can measure the speed of cosmic rays with two detectors
and the rate of cosmic rays with one detector. The cosmic ray rate depends on the
atmospheric pressure, and this dependence can be measured.
Tricolored Towers of Hanoi
In this project we will focus on a variation of the of a popular mathematical puzzle,
Towers of Hanoi. Our goal is to analyze the pattern of moves, find a recursive formula
to describe the moves, create an algorithm, and to find the smallest number of moves
needed, especially when the number of disks increases.
Data Analysis Projects
Project #1: Data analysis with R
Project #2: Identifying and dealing with outliers in a dataset.
Project #3: Data analysis fundamentals with Python