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Read up on news affecting graduate student life at UofSC and the groundbreaking, innovative projects keeping our students, faculty and staff at the top of their fields.

The Graduate School Announces Award Recipients

Each year, the Graduate School recognizes excellence in research, teaching, leadership and community engagement through a variety of merit-based awards for graduate students. The Graduate School is pleased to announce the award recipients for 2023.

Ann Vail Selected as Dean of the Graduate School

Ann Vail has been selected as dean of the University of South Carolina Graduate School effective July 1.

Check Out Highlights From Discover USC 2023

Organizers were pleased to welcome the USC research community to Discover USC 2023 on Friday, April 21, 2023. The annual showcase featured more than 1,000 presentations and 2,400 total attendees.

Spring 2023 Commencement Ceremonies

The University of South Carolina will host commencement ceremonies for Spring 2023 graduates on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6. The ceremonies will recognize bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and professional degree recipients.

Class of 2023 | Graduates Look Back on Lessons Learned at USC

As the Class of 2023 prepares to walk across the commencement stage, graduates leave the University of South Carolina with memories of enduring friendships and life-changing experiences. USC News reached out to undergraduate and graduate students across the university and asked them to share some of what made their Carolina experience special.

Meet the Class of 2023: Archie Crowley-A Million Views

In celebration of the university's annual commencement ceremonies, the College of Arts and Sciences interviewed six of this year's graduating Arts and Sciences students, including Archie Crowley, a Presidential Fellow alum who graduates in May from the Ph.D. program in Linguistics.

Doctoral Graduate Joins CDC as Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer

Ph.D. in Epidemiology spring '23 graduate, Andrea Danielle Brown, studies the relationships between food insecurity, social needs and mental health among youth and young adults with diabetes.

USC News Rankings: USC Tops in International MBA

The University of South Carolina's International MBA program retained its spot as the best in the country for the 10th consecutive year, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate School rankings released Tuesday (April 25).

Epidemiology Graduate Heads to Harvard Medical School to Continue Liver Disease Research

May '23 doctoral graduate, Longgang Zhao is interested in the role of nutrition, lifestyles, metabolic factors and genetics. Long term, he aims to identify the causes of liver disease and cancer at the population level.

Alumna Provides Social Work Services at Local Library

When Lee Patterson earned her master's in social work from the University of South Carolina in 2012, she never imagined putting it to use at Richland Library -- or any library. But 10 years later, she is doing exactly what she set out to do when she entered the field: help people.

Give 4 Garnet 2023

Give 4 Garnet, the university's annual day of giving campaign, will take place on April 19th, from 5:59 a.m. to midnight. The Graduate School is excited to be a part of this year's campaign.

I Am Public Health: Marnie McLean

Ph.D. in Exercise Science student Marnie McLean is dedicated to women's cardiovascular health. She is particularly interested in the effects of long-term endurance exercise on the arteries of female athletes.

Understanding Alzheimer's Disease

More than six million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease and that number is expected to rise to nearly 13 million by 2050. But one Ph.D. candidate is dedicated to better understanding methods of early detection and the disease's progression that could lead to improved outcomes.

Geography Graduate Scholar Aims to Improve Urban Planning Using Emergent Tech

Huan Ning, a Breakthrough Graduate Scholar and Ph.D. student in geography, is pushing the boundaries of Geographic information science (GIScience) by using emergent artificial intelligence technology to study urban problems like neighborhood accessibility, flooding risk and the spread of illness.

Graduate Alumna and Poet Laureate Pens Verse for USC

Poetry has been ingrained in Jennifer Bartell Boykin's life since she was young, and it's followed her through adventures as a student, journalist, teacher, advisor and more. Now, it's empowering her as Columbia's new poet laureate.

Graduate Scholar Maps the Brain, Uncovering Possible Paths to Aphasia Recovery

Nicholas Riccardi is one of the researchers at USC working to understand the brain and what causes aphasia, the loss of language ability. A doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychology and Presidential Fellow alumnus, Riccardi was named a 2023 Graduate Breakthrough Scholar.

Now Streaming: MLIS Grad Makes Herself Heard at Sling TV

Sara DeSantis got over her shyness after completing her Master of Library and Information Science degree and with her newfound confidence has been put to the test in her newest role as a content acquisitions specialist at Sling TV.

Turning Adversity Into Ambition

Professional MBA candidate Dominique Gray is the co-founder of the non-profit organization, Race 4 Achievement, Inc., which helps underprivileged youth in the Carolinas pursue higher education.

Alumnae Contributions Commemorated

As a tribute to the Black alumnae featured in the student-produced documentary The Backbone, USC's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion installed 18 bricks on the Horseshoe. The honorees' stories, including those of eight graduate school alumnae, span seven decades of university history.

Maggie Carson Awarded Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship

Environmental Health Sciences doctoral candidate, GCSP alumna, and former Graduate Student Association president, Maggie Carson, has been selected as a recipient of the 2023 Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship.

First-gen, Next-gen

Graduate alumna and first-generation college student, Hope Rivers, inspires a new generation as the first Black female president of Piedmont Technical College.

Whittaker Composition Commission to Premiere in April

School of Music doctoral student Shupeng Cao will have his first string-quartet composition premiere this spring after being chosen as the first recipient of the newly created Whittaker Composition Commission Fund award.

Forty-nine Graduate Students Selected to Receive 2022-2023 SPARC Grants

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the 2022-2023 SPARC grant awardees, each of whom will receive funding for their research over a 15-month period.

Get Ready: Start planning now for Discover USC 2023

Discover USC 2023 will be held on Friday, April 21 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Registration opens for Presenters, Volunteers and Reviewers on Monday, January 30, 2023.

U.S. News: USC Retains Top Ranking for Online Master's in Nursing

For the third straight year, the University of South Carolina's College of Nursing is ranked No. 1 nationally for its online master's in nursing program, according to U.S. News & World Report's annual online programs rankings released Tuesday (Jan. 24).


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