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
Shannon Means appointed vice provost for strategy and innovation
The Office of the Provost has named Shannon Means as the new vice provost for strategy and innovation. She will begin in her role on June 1.
Breakthrough Star Hengtao Tang studies how to make STEM courses more effective for SC schoolchildren
South Carolina’s economic future depends on a world-class workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. That’s why assistant professor Hengtao Tang is studying how to make STEM courses more effective, inclusive and accessible to a wider range of people.
Double jeopardy: food insecurity and diabetes
One in five youth and young adults with diabetes in the U.S. lives in a household with limited or uncertain availability of nutritional food, a precarious situation that makes coping with diabetes difficult. Arnold School of Public Health researchers are learning more about this special population and are planning an intervention study to help.
Breakthrough Star Mani Sockalingam develops composite material systems that could benefit aerospace, automotive, defense sectors
Mani Sockalingam’s research supports the development of advanced composite material systems that could find application in the production of lightweight structures for the aerospace, automotive and defense sectors. He seeks to address fundamental scientific challenges at the intersection of materials-mechanics-manufacturing while mentoring students to conduct meaningful research.
Each year, the Office of the Vice President for Research honors university scholars with Breakthrough awards. The awards honor faculty researchers at two junctures: Breakthrough Leadership in Research for senior faculty or Breakthrough Stars for early career faculty.Award Winners
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
Let's build a better world.
The resources of the University of South Carolina are poised to address local and global challenges. We work with public and private collaborators to provide our researchers with the resources and infrastructure they need to make a difference.Partnership Opportunities
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