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Matters of the heart and homeland

The 2024 William A. Mould Senior Thesis Award winners demonstrate what research can reveal through interactions large and small.

Where there's Smoak, there's fire: Honors College assistant dean recognized with USC Outstanding Staff Award

After more than 25 years at the University of South Carolina, Jan Smoak's passion for serving students and creating community burns as brightly as ever.

Cocky's Cleanup Crew

Honors College first-year student, Allison Desmarais leads student clean-up crew as group seeks to make the world a cleaner place - one location at a time.

Student body vice president advocates for good mental health

Student body Vice President and Honors junior Courtney Tkacs is committed to fostering a safe community for students on campus while prioritizing mental health activism.

NSF distinguishes 11 USC students, alumni with research awards

Daniel Coble, Ashlin Deatherage, Margaret Gordon, Cathryn Murphy, Sara Padula and Lex Whalen are 2024 recipients of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program scholarship.

For Alison Schriro, the College of Education has ‘been there every step’ of her teaching career

As a member of the inaugural class of the Carolina Teacher Induction Program, Honors alumna Alison Schriro gained three years of personalized coaching and joined a community of fellow novice educators.

Investigating the interfaces

For the 2023 Distinguished Young Honors Alumni Award winner, it's all about where people and proteins interact.

Visual communications student wins national logo design competition

Honors student Callie Hribar ranks first place in logo design competition sponsored by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Honors College alumna finds success in higher education

First-gen Spartanburg native Kimberly Rogers recently completed her first year as president of Contra Costa College.

Six Gamecocks going global with the Gilman Scholarship

Dax Andrews, Bess Bridwell, Elliott Catoe-Griffis, Tristen Davis, Leah Pleskonko and Tamia Starks have earned the 2024 – 2025 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad.

Support and passion bring Honors College alumna into the ‘ocean twilight zone’

Honors College alumna Kayla Gardner’s passion for protecting the ocean and teaching others to do the same led her to pursue a career in marine science.

A Letter from the Dean

Dean Steven Lynn shares an update on the state of the South Carolina Honors College and the many exciting things ahead.

Alumni News - Spring 2024

See what our Honors College alumni have been doing lately.

Powering the state, empowering its citizens

Carolina scholar and Honors College alumnus continues his family's 150-year legacy of public service and activism.

Honors College alumna teaches about the beauty of wine

Honors College alumna and McNair scholar Kellie Martin teaches people the ins and outs of wine as the owner and chief sommelier of the Colorado-based SommSchool.

Public health major carves path for improving Hispanic health

Recent Honors graduate Emily Barros will spend the summer as a fellow in the Diversity in Addiction Training Program at the Medical University of South Carolina, focusing on tobacco use research and obtain her medical Spanish interpreter's license.

USC journalism alum wins second Pulitzer

Honors alumnus Josh Dawsey received the 2024 national reporting prize for a series of articles exploring America’s gun history and culture.

May graduate pursues medical degree to advance health equity, global health

Knowing she wanted to address inequities in the U.S. and globally, Anusha Ghosh selected public health and Spanish as concentration areas for her BARSC-M.D. (Accelerated Undergraduate to M.D. Program) at the South Carolina Honors College.

Class of 2024

Honors graduates look back on lessons learned at USC as commencement approaches.

New language-learning app hits all the right notes

What if your Spotify playlist could help you learn another language? Thanks to the Lyraquist app, developed by five College of Engineering and Computing seniors, that possibility will soon be a reality.

Two USC students earn Boren Scholarships for intensive language study, cultural immersion

Caroline Lochner, a first-year Honors student, and Claire Mattes have earned Boren Scholarships for the 2024-2025 academic year.

School is out, fellowships are in: seven USC students earn summer opportunities in the U.S., abroad

“What are you doing this summer?” Seven Gamecocks have intriguing answers to that question.

Senior psychology major reveals how South Carolina Honors College transformed her life

"I would not be the student or person I am today without my Honors experience," says senior Ruth Moniz as she reflects on how one Honors College course led her to working on a nationally renowned psychology team.

Leaders in the making: three USC graduate students named Presidential Management Fellows

Nikki Chen, Brittney Hudson-Smith and Desiree Jenkins are the University of South Carolina’s newest Presidential Management Fellows.

Swanger Award winner leaves behind legacy of service, leadership

While working on her degree in nursing, Honors College student Natalie Trimble also served in Student Government and worked to better the larger Columbia community. For her efforts, Trimble is the recipient of the 2023 Steven N. Swanger Leadership Award.


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