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Join professor Sarah Schneckloth and MFA students Hope Eckert and Grey Eckert from the School of Visual Art and Design for arts-related stress-relief programming during election week. In partnership with Student Health Services, and Gamecock Entertainment the School of Visual Art and Design will offer two free online workshops for UofSC students, faculty, and staff to reduce stress and anxiety in the upcoming election week. 
Workshop Details
  • Online Botanical Drawing Workshop
    Tuesday, November 3, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Online Collaborative Drawing
    Friday, November 6, 3 - 4 p.m.

Register to attend here.


All graduate students are invited to share their concerns at the next GSA Town Hall on November 11, 2020 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.  This event will be hosted via Microsoft Teams and interested students should RSVP to attend. 

Access the Registration form and RSVP to attend here.

Visit the Graduate Student Association web page here.



Is a Data Management Plan required to obtain funding for your research? Would you like to plan for the management of your research data to make life easier down the road? Learn about Data Management Plans and get hands-on experience using DMPTool, an online wizard for creating DMPs that meet specific funder requirements. 

Workshop Details
Tuesday, November 9, 2020
1-2 p.m.
Campus: Thomas Cooper Library Webinar
Presenter: Stacy Winchester

 Visit the event webpage to register.


 Technology has allowed for scholarship to be created and shared in new and exciting ways. In the first half of this session, you’ll learn to create plans for digital projects, identify platforms and web hosting, and discover tools to bring your research to life on the web. The second half of this session will concentrate on Scalar, an open-source authoring and publishing platform.

Workshop Details:
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
12-1 p.m.
Campus: Thomas Cooper Library Webinar
Presenter: Amie Freeman

Visit the event webpage to register.


The Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program was created in 1997 to address the underrepresentation of minorities in the professoriate.  Open to prospective and current doctoral and MFA students, the GJMPP  prepares underrepresented minority students to become professors. Scholars are provided $24,000 in additional funding over 4 years and receive training specifically designed to help them diversify the professoriate.

Eligibility and Requirements

Who is eligible?

Underrepresented students who will be entering their first or second year in a doctoral or MFA degree program and are interested in being college professors.

Preference will be given to students in degree programs in disciplines in which there are current shortages of underrepresented professors.  

Required Materials

  • Personal Statement
  • 2 Reference Letters (including nomination from a USC academic program)
  • Formal Notification of Admission from Graduate School
  • Financial Support from USC Academic Programs
  • 3.4 GPA or Higher

Program Requirements

  • Remain in Good Academic Standing
  • No Bursar Holds or Outstanding Fees
  • Participate in Preparing Future Faculty Program (PFF)
  • Have a Faculty Mentor
  • Publish 2 Articles in our Monograph Series Publication
  • Participate in at Least 1 Community Service Project per Year
  • Complete Program of Study in 3 Years (5 years in special situations)
  • Attend Professional Development Seminars and Workshops Each Semester

 For details and more information visit the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program web page here.

To Apply

The application deadline for the Fall 2021 cohort is February 1, 2021.  Visit the program web page for a link to the GJMPP Application and a full list of program details and benefits.


The University of South Carolina-Columbia is seeking to create the best learning environment and workplace while providing for your safety during COVID-19. The Mental Health and Emotional Wellness Sub-Group has been tasked with assessing the health and overall wellbeing of our students and employees during this time and tracking changes throughout the semester. That is why we are asking for your participation in the Carolina Health and Wellness Survey. We are committed to using the results to make improvements and provide the best resources available to our Carolina community. The survey is voluntary and completely anonymous. We encourage everyone's participation and hope you will take this opportunity to share your input.

Your experience matters. Thank you for your participation.

If you are having IT issues accessing the survey please call: 803-777-1800 .  If you have accessibility concerns, please reach out to the Disability Resource Center at 803-777-6142.  If you have any questions or concerns about this survey please contact one of the chairs of the Mental Health and Emotional Wellness Sub-Group, April Scott (

This survey is for USC-Columbia campus only.

Access the survey here.



October is a month long campaign to promote campus sustainability initiatives across the nation and world! The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education has collected resources and webinars and the UofSC Office of Sustainability has published a live and shareable calendar of campus and community events. This month represents how collaborative and interconnected campus sustainability is across our campus and larger community. 

Representatives of sustainability-related organizations have formed the Student Council on Sustainability and have collaborated on a week long celebration of campus sustainability from October 26-30.

Student Sustainability Survey

During this month, the Office of Sustainability would like student feedback about sustainability initiatives, ideas, and concerns in order to address what students are passionate about. If you are a UofSC student, please fill out this survey to help the office with their future work!

Campus Sustainability Events 

The Student Council on Sustainability will host a week of events in celebration of campus sustainability from October 26-30.  Visit the UofSC Sustainability calendar for a full list of events.


Students who live on campus have constant opportunities to strengthen their academics, start friendships, take advantage of unique opportunities and become part of the vibrant Carolina community. As graduate students, you will be in the heart of campus and be able to take advantage of all campus and the city of Columbia have to offer.

You will be able to enjoy the freedom of flexible leasing and avoid having to sign a year-long binding contract. YoPro (Young Professional) Housing features apartment living with top notch amenities and community areas paired with the solidarity of a private bedroom. Your utilities and internet will be included with the apartment, so there is no need to worry about which service providers you need to source.

To apply for Spring 2021 on-campus housing, please visit your Housing Portal via For more information, please visit or contact the University Housing Office at 803-777-4283. You may also reach University of South Carolina  Housing via email at or LiveChat on the website.


University Libraries is pleased to invite UofSC Columbia-affiliated researchers and instructors to apply to a Research Dataset Procurement Pilot program that will provide library-hosted access to data needed for research or teaching.

This program aims to fund small requests ($1,000 - $5,000) for existing data to be used in research or teaching. The total number of funded proposals will reflect the number of qualified applications received and the potential that requested datasets have to positively impact research or teaching at the University of South Carolina.

Evaluation Criteria

Data that are restricted to a single researcher or instructor, department, school, or college within the university are not eligible. Licensing must allow for campus-wide access, which will be managed by University Libraries. Sensitive data are not eligible for this program.
Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate possible use cases beyond the researcher or instructor making the request. Applicants are encouraged to consider the potential value of data to others by identifying other researchers, centers, departments, schools, or courses that have an interest in the data. Collaborative proposals across units are welcome.
If access is limited to licensing (option to purchase is not available), University Libraries will license the data for one year with the aim to continue funding after that time. However, it cannot be guaranteed.
Participation in this program is not limited to faculty. Graduate student and staff researchers are also encouraged to apply.
Dataset Purchase Timeline

Applications are due October 30, 2020 with purchase/license happening before June 30, 2021 depending on availability and researcher needs.

Acknowledgement of Support

Publications resulting from the use of data purchased through this pilot program must contain the following acknowledgement: “The author wishes to acknowledge the University of South Carolina Libraries, which provided funding for the data used in this research.”

To Apply

Apply here.

Contact Stacy Winchester, Research Data Librarian, at for questions about this program.

Visit the UofSC Libraries Research and Educational Data Procurement Pilot Program web page here.


This position will serve as a Data and Outreach Coordinator in  the Office of Integrative and Experiential Learning to collect, manage, and update data for the newly developed My UofSC Experience website and database. This searchable database seeks to provide a comprehensive repository of all of the beyond the classroom experiences students can engaged in at UofSC. As the database is at the early stages of development, the data and outreach coordinator will engage in outreach with offices across campus to collect information on beyond the classroom engagements that have not yet been captured and then enter this new information into the database.

 Useful skills: Knowledge of project planning and management. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products, including Excel. Ability to communicate effectively in writing and speech working with partners across campus. Knowledge of campus organization and offices would also be helpful.

Time Commitment

Maximum of 10 hours per week

Pay Rate

$15.00 per hour

To Apply

Interested graduate students should send a cover letter and resume to Zack James:

For any questions, please contact Lara Ducate,


ETS (Educational Testing Service) at home testing has been extended.  Individuals can now register to take the TOEFL iBT ® Special Home Edition and the GRE® General Test at home through the end of December 2020. ETS  will also offer an At Home Testing Solutions information webinar on November 10, 2020, 11 a.m. EDT.  Register for the upcoming webinar at the ETS website.


The Big Data Health Science Center’s Geospatial Core is pleased to announce the inaugural Health Geographic Information Science (GIS) Scholars Program. This program is being launched to recognize and support two outstanding undergraduate or graduate students who have demonstrated interest, potential, and/or experience in GIS and health research. GIS and health research is broadly defined, and includes, but is not limited to, using GIS to evaluate the social determinants of health, health behaviors, health outcomes, access to health care and social services, utilization of health services, environmental exposures, built environment, and other health-related factors through mapping and spatial analysis.

The goals of this program are to:

  • Enhance students’ research and professional development in the area of GIS and health research
  • Cultivate students’ interest in GIS and spatial applications to health research
  • Build the technical and writing skills of students to pursue scholarly publications and reports
  • Develop scholars in health GIS who go on to make important contributions to the academic, public health, health care, and non-profit sectors

Two student scholars will be awarded $2,500 each, which can be used toward professional development activities and expenses including resources and supplies for data collection and analysis, travel and registration at national or international conferences where research is presented on this topic, for professional workshops, or for other continuing education/training opportunities of importance to GIS and health research. Up to $2,000 can be requested for stipend and fringe for the applicant. These funds are not expected to take the place of resources available through existing graduate research or teaching assistantships, but are rather intended as supplements.

Scholars will be expected to engage in research and professional development activities with the Big Data Health Science Center during the award period as well as present preliminary findings at one or more research events/conferences (e.g., Big Data Health Science Center Seminar Series, Discover UofSC, and/or the James Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture) and will be strongly encouraged to submit the full findings from their study within a year. The award funds must be used within 9 months of receipt and all expenses must be pre-approved by the Director or Co-Director of the BDHSC Geospatial Core.  

Eligibility Requirements
  • Enrolled at the masters or doctoral level at the University of South Carolina (Columbia or regional campuses) with an anticipated graduation date of December 2021 or later OR be an undergraduate student in their junior year who has completed at least one college course in GIS (e.g., GEOG 341 or GEOG 363)
  • Be in good academic standing (average 3.0 GPA or higher)
Application Deadline

November 20, 2020 by 5 PM EST

Please direct any questions and submit your application to:
Whitney Zahnd, PhD

Research Assistant Professor
Rural & Minority Health Research Center
Co-Director, Big Data Health Science Center Geospatial Core

Learn more about the program at the Health GIS Scholars Program website.


This position will serve as support staff to the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) under the supervision of the Test
Proctor. This student will assist with providing test proctoring
accommodations to registered SDRC students.

Time Commitment

Maximum of 12 hours per week

Pay Rate

Up to $10.00 per hour, depending on experience.

To Apply

Interested graduate students should send a cover letter, resume and unofficial academic transcript to: 
Lys Wright

For any questions  please contact Lys Wright at 803-777-6967 or


Spectrum Scholars share in the prestige and opportunities that become available when they are selected. Each scholar receives $5,000 from ALA to combat the rising cost of graduate education as well as $1,500 to attend the Spectrum Leadership Institute held during the ALA Annual Conference. In addition to financial support, recipients benefit from peer mentoring and a large alumni network. Critical for long-term impact, the program offers continuing education and professional development opportunities foundational to obtaining leadership positions within the profession.


To be eligible for a Spectrum Scholarship, you should:

  • be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada
  • identify as American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern/North African, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
  • attend an ALA-accredited graduate program in library and information studies or an AASL-recognized School Library Media Program
  • be enrolled in an accredited program and begin no later than September 1st or Fall Semester
  • have full or part-time status
  • plan to maintain a minimum course load of two classes per semester while receiving your scholarship funds
Applying for ALA Scholarships

Applications for the Spectrum Scholarships are accepted through the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse which allows applicants to apply to multiple scholarships offered through the American Library Association. Applications for all ALA Scholarships are accepted annually from September to March 1. To submit an application for a Spectrum Scholarship, the following items are required:

  • Completed online application (which includes a personal statement).
  • Three professional references (only references on the official online form will be accepted). You will be prompted to indicate your professional references within the online application.
  • Official academic transcripts from the institution where you received your bachelor’s degree. If you are currently enrolled in an MLIS program or an AASL-recognized School Library Media Program, you will need to send a transcript from your current institution, as well. Only official (sealed) copies will be accepted. ​

The ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse (50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611) must receive the completed online application, personal statement, three references, and transcripts by March 1, 2021 to be considered. Recipients will be contacted by phone after June 1st. All other applicants will be notified by email after July 1st.

To Apply

Visit the ALA Spectrum Scholarship webpage for more information about the scholarship and the process to apply.


The  Integrative and Experiential Learning Certificate (IEL) is an initiative of The Center for Teaching Excellence and the Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning. The program is designed to bring together faculty, instructors, and graduate students interested in exploring ways to help students reflect on and connect what they do within and beyond their curriculum, embrace multiple perspectives, and synthesize and transfer their knowledge to new, complex situations. 

Key outcomes for participants include obtaining a deeper understanding of the ideals of integrative and experiential learning as well as developing a toolbox of simple techniques to engage students in reflection on their within and beyond the classroom experiences.


Faculty, instructors and graduate assistants who participate in six or more Integrative and Experiential Learning workshops approved by the Center for Teaching Excellence will receive a certificate of completion, a letter of commendation, recognition on the Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning website, and will be eligible to apply for a grant to incorporate integrative learning strategies into a class, develop a new experiential learning opportunity for a course, or develop a team-taught interdisciplinary course. Participants will be required to attend the Introduction to Integrative and Experiential Learning and Small Changes, High Impacts workshops and four (4) electives. Participants  will have 2 academic semesters (and the summer) to complete the certificate.

Visit the program website for a schedule of upcoming required and elective workshops.


The Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence (TTIE) certificate of completion is an initiative of The Center for Teaching Excellence and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The TTIE program is designed to provide an opportunity for faculty, instructors and teaching graduate students to strengthen their strategic diversity leadership capacities both within and outside their classroom and to support USC’s commitment to inclusive excellence.

Program Description

Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence addresses teaching philosophies and practices by integrating pedagogical principles aligned with inclusive excellence into the classroom environment, course design and assignments that increase awareness of the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as cultural competence, civic engagement and civil discourse. Key outcomes for participants include obtaining a deeper understanding of the people, practices and initiatives that support and foster diversity at USC, as well as obtaining ideas, strategies and resources that instructors can use to both build their diversity competencies and identify areas of diversity partnership across the institution.


Faculty, instructors and teaching graduate assistants who participate in eight or more Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence approved Center for Teaching Excellence workshops will receive a certificate of completion, a letter of commendation and recognition on the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s website. Participants will be required to attend the Inclusive Excellence at UofSC workshop and seven (7) electives. Participants will have 3 academic semesters (not including summer semesters) to complete the certificate.

Visit the program website for a schedule of upcoming required and elective workshops.


Graduate Instructional Assistant (GIA) positions are available in the College of Nursing for the Fall 2020 semester.  This position will qualify the GA for in-state tuition.


Assisting with Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate broadcast to online students during class time, proctoring exams, grade entry, general assistance with Blackboard course setup and maintenance, and tracking of student attendance and grades. Other administrative or academic support duties as they arise.  May occasionally provide some research support such as database searches to find needed articles, and development of annotated bibliographies.

Time Commitment

10-20 hours/week, varies by faculty member. Some individual hours are set based on the faculty member’s teaching schedule – commonly Mondays, Wednesdays and/or Fridays.  Rest of weekly hours are flexible based on the GIA’s schedule.  Period of employment matches the academic calendar.  GIA will need to be available through the end of each semester’s exam period.


Must have already attended or be able to attend the required GTA/GIA workshops hosted by the Center for Teaching Excellence and register for GRAD 701, a seminar course on TA development. These are one-time required trainings for any sort of assistantship position.  Information is available on the Graduate School’s website.

Application Instructions

Graduate assistants will be considered from outside the College of Nursing.  Interested graduate students should send a copy of their CV and fall class schedule (if known) to:  Interim Assistant Dean Dr. Kate Chappell:

About the Program

The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. 

Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome.

Application Deadline
Applications for the next session will open on September 02, 2020.

Visit the program website for more information:
The Data Incubator

Job Summary

Looking for Python developer responsible for developing a chatbot for healthcare applications in a team environment.


Must be expert in Python, with knowledge of at least one Python web framework ({such as Django, Flask, Bottle})
• Familiarity with Python data processing packages (such as Pandas)
• Familiarity with REST web services and APIs.
• Able to parse and handle JSON data.
• Experience with Relational Database (SQL) Systems. Familiarity with NoSQL is a plus.
• Good understanding of client-server architecture.
• Basis understanding of frontend technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript
• Understanding of design principle behind the scalable system.
• Basic understanding of NLP techniques.
• Familiarity with Android is needed, iOS application development is a big plus.

Time Commitment

Up to 20 hours per week.  Schedule coordinated with AI Institute Director around student class schedule.

Pay Rate

$10/hour-$15/hour depending on experience

Application Instructions

Visit  UofSC Jobs to Apply

Job Summary

An Administrative/Research assistant position is available for a graduate student to provide research and administrative support for the Carolina Center on Alzheimer’s Disease and Minority Research Center.  Responsibilities include helping with the coordinating of meeting schedules, planning, organizing and setting-up of research seminars; as well as, developing evaluations, analyzing data, and assisting with report writing and submissions.


Must be a USC graduate student who is highly motivated, organized and detail-oriented. Must be adept at using Word processing software (Powerpoint, Excel, etc.), and have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Time Commitment

20 hours per week

Pay Rate


Application Instructions

Visit  UofSC Jobs to Apply

About the Program

The Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Fellowship Program is committed to engaging students from underrepresented populations in graduate study within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields of study in the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) or College of Engineering & Computing (CEC).

Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) fellows are committed, mindful learners who are actively engaged in the process to become leaders within the scientific community at the national and global level.

The BD program is awarded by the National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program, which assists universities and colleges in diversifying the STEM workforce through the recruitment and development of highly competitive students from groups historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines: African-Americans, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders.

The goal of the LSAMP BD activity is to increase the quantity and quality of STEM graduate students from underrepresented populations, with emphasis on Ph.D. matriculation and completion.

This fellowship is designed to establish a bridge to the terminal degree — the PhD — by providing 12 underrepresented minority science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) doctoral students with:

  • Tuition and fees paid and enrollment in a health insurance benefit program
  • Student stipends of $34,000 annually for two years
  • Individualized faculty mentoring and coaching
  • Participation in professional conferences and meetings
  • Links to research and professional opportunities
  • Enriched academic services and support by staff dedicated to the promotion of future leadership in the scientific enterprise
Learn more about the program and application process here.

View the Bridge to the Doctorate Flyer
Job Description

The Graduate Assistant experience will include direct responsibilities and active involvement in the development, delivery, and support of programs and services within the OSP program. This assistantship opportunity will offer graduate students outstanding, hands-on experience in staff supervision and advisement, program planning and training implementation, student development, as well as administrative skills.

Time Commitment

20 hours a week (flexible office hours)

Pay Rate

Providing a stipend of $10,200

  • Staff Supervision and Advisement
  • Program Planning and Training Implementation
  • Student Development
  • Administrative Duties
  • Additional Responsibilities and other duties as assigned (see full job description  for details)
Application Instructions

Please fill out the application via Handshake
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Job Description
Become a Program Director

Embark on a service-based adventure that will build your strengths and passions, test your determination and reward you with a variety of new personal and professional achievements!

For 3 to 13 months, you will experience life and work alongside other young leaders and community members. At our site in Ecuador, you will direct a variety of impactful programs designed to meet the specific needs and opportunities of the community. These include long-standing and established programs, such as teaching English classes or working at a health clinic. You will also have the flexibility to create new programs where the community’s vision intersect with your own education, passions and interests.

Learn More About Manna Project International

Details, Requirements and Cost


Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.