Research at South Carolina
Research is a learning tool of the highest order at the University of South Carolina. Discovery allows us to illuminate history, contextualize the present, and help plan for what’s to come.
Scientific research, scholarship and creative activity abound throughout USC. That focused presence within nearly all colleges, departments and campuses of the state’s flagship university is one reason Carnegie Foundation has designated South Carolina as an institution of very high research activity.
Built for overcoming barriers.
The University of South Carolina is one of the nation’s leading, large-scale research enterprises. Within our campus centers, labs and collectives, students scour for answers alongside experienced faculty. Whether the challenge is formulating new ways to inspire healthier communities or developing new fuel cells, be part of addressing tomorrow’s challenges, today.Student Research Opportunities
Achieving New Understanding
USC is home to world-class research and researchers. Get to know the university’s knowledge seekers and learn how their work generates innovation from arts and humanities to mathematics, engineering and the sciences.Breakthrough Research
USC is home to interdisciplinary expert research teams that are exploring solutions to five scientific and societal challenges facing South Carolina. Their discoveries can have wider implications — benefitting any state grappling with these significant scientific and societal challenges.Research Institutes
USC researcher leads group studying ethics, safety and impact of AI
Shannon Bowen, a professor in the University of South Carolina’s College of Information and Communication, researches ethical decision making and AI within organizations, heads the AI-Ethics Advisory Board and conducts ethics training with leaders of organizations to help them avoid and solve problems and develop strategic communications plans.
Improving care in the Stroke Belt
As the state’s flagship institution, the University of South Carolina is well has many strengths in both research and treatment of stroke and aphasia — a common consequence of stroke characterized by difficulty speaking or understanding others’ speech. The research is critically important in the state with the seventh-highest incidence of stroke mortality in the U.S.
Tammi Richardson honored with 2024 SEC Faculty Achievement Award
Tammi Richardson's excellence in teaching and research have earned her the 2023 SEC Faculty Achievement Award and SEC Professor of the Year nomination.
Race, media professor Jabari Evans co-produces Chicago White Sox documentary
Chicago native and race and media professor Jabari Evans explores the intersection on culture and baseball in producing Fitted in Black: How Hip-Hop Fueled the Greatest Rebrand in Sports.
Investing in Research
USC generated $237 million in sponsored awards in 2022. Every investment in the pursuit of furthering knowledge helps us create an environment that supports the scholarly and creative activities of all faculty and students and provides the infrastructure necessary for a leading research university. See our funding in action.Research Dashboards
The Leading Edge of Health Sciences
USC is the state’s most comprehensive health sciences teaching and research institution. Nationally recognized programs in medicine, nursing, social work, public health, pharmacy, biochemistry, business, computing and others blend classroom learning and unique health care provider partnerships to create premier health sciences learning experiences for students.Health Sciences
Office of Vice President for Research
At our research-intensive university, a team is dedicated to supporting the entire
spectrum of research and scholarly activities at USC, and assisting faculty and student
researchers with every step in the research process.
Vice President for Research: Dr. Julius Fridriksson