Geography's Bridge to Faculty
The Bridge to Faculty Program aims to attract and retain promising scholars, particularly underrepresented early-career researchers, to the university. The program has Faculty Fellows meeting together in tailored workshops to help them develop research programs, learn the ins and outs of applying for grants, and create productive mentoring relationships. Learn more about the Bridge to Faculty program and how to apply.
The Department of Georgaphy website has a great deal of information about our faculty, students, research, and community engagement. We hope you will explore it and feel free to reach out to the department with any questions.
For potential applicants, we have gathered additional interdisciplinary research and
community engagement available at USC as well as information about Columbia and the
greater Midlands region.
Interdisciplinary Research Opportunities
Geography encourages its faculty and students to engage with other disciplines and with the community around us. Below are some area programs that welcome research interests.
- Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences
- Congaree National Park
- Savannah River Ecology Lab
- Southeast Climate Adaptation Science Center
Community Engaged Research and Service
The Department of Geography values community-engaged research and service. A few examples are listed below; many others can be found on the News tab of our website — and still more are underway!
- Geography Professor Maps Heat Islands as We Adapt to Climate Change [Dow]
- With Recent Funding, Sea Level Sensor Project in Savannah Moves into New Phase [Hardy]
- Power to the People [Harrison]
- An Uplifting Science Lesson: USC Partners with White Knoll Elementary School to Launch
Weather Balloons [Hiscox]
Information about Columbia and the Greater Midlands Region
As well as being home to the flagship university of the state, Columbia also serves as the locus of the state government. Nearby the Congaree National Park and Lake Murray provide exciting opportunities for outdoor adventures. This mix of the old and the new, the legislative and the academic, the traditional and the creative makes Columbia a growing and vibrant place to be. Take some time to explore the area and consider the possibilities.
- Discover Columbia
- City of Columbia
- Columbia Tourism
- Columbia Metropolitan Magazine
- Free Times: Historic Columbia’s Robin Waites to Retire after 20 Years of ‘Reconstructing History’
- Travel and Leisure: 9 Best Places to Live in South Carolina, According to Real Estate Experts Travel and Leisure
- USA Today: Big cities Are a Big Draw for Gen Z: These Are the Areas that Gen Z Is Rapidly Migrating to
- Experience Columbia SC: Columbia SC's Neighborhoods
- Homes.com: Columbia, SC, Real Estate & Homes for Sale
- Niche: 2023 Best Places to Live in the Columbia Area