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Verzyl Claims Three Bronze Medals for Team USA

South Carolina diving’s Sophie Verzyl claimed three bronze medals at the FISU World University Games in China this August out of five events competed.

Investigating the mysterious world of plants

2023 William A. Mould Senior Thesis Award recipient Kirsten Fisher's three year research project, “Deciphering Green Leaf Volatile Perception in Plants", details how plants can warn each other about impending harm and actively defend themselves from it.

Change of plans: A canceled study abroad trip leads to a new career goals

One week before Josh Hughes planned to study abroad in Ukraine, his trip was canceled because of the escalating conflict with Russia. He was disappointed-- until a new opportunity arose in Kyrgyzstan. Now, he's returned to his host country on a Critical Language scholarship.

Student body president aims for change

Student body president Emmie Thompson and running mate ran on a platform of small, tangible changes. She hopes the small changes she makes on campus can make a huge impact a student’s life.

The Pursuit of Excellence

Linda Stephens began her higher education journey as a Gamecock and first generation college student from a small town in South Carolina. She has since become an award-winning judge, all while encouraging other women to push for their own intellectual achievements.

Project Vida makes an impact for Honors students, community

For six weeks every semester, Project Vida works with Ezekiel Ministries, an after-school program for inner-city children, to teach children about living a healthy lifestyle. 

A Letter from the Dean

Dean Steven Lynn discusses a new Honors College project that will provide Honors students with ways to connect to Honors Alumni for mentorship, meet and greets and employment and internship opportunities.

Hold the door: Honors College alumni open path to creating music

You never know what will be behind the next open door. Evan Delp and Bob Magee (both 2021, international business) had no idea that a chance meeting during a scholarship interview at the Honors College would lead to a lifelong friendship and joint pursuit of their musical passion.

The Making of a Public Servant

A Truman Scholar, and USC’s first Samvid Scholar, Bennett Lunn discusses how these scholarships have helped jumpstart his career in educational policy.

"Raison d'Etre": French professor re-creates the joy of learning a new culture

Lara Lomicka, professor of French and applied linguistics in the South Carolina Honors College took her first trip to Paris at the age of 15 with her French class. Now she revels in giving her Honors students the same soul-opening experiences she had when she first traveled to France.

'People are our biggest resource'

Recipient of the SCHC’s 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award, Lori Clos Fisher reflects on her time in the Honors College and the relationships that have shaped her career in Finance.

Alumni News - Spring 2023

See what our Honors College alumni have been doing lately.

Combining public health and medicine to end Black maternal disparities

The public health curriculum enabled Taylor Williams to discover her passion for addressing Black maternal mortality, including how policy change and community-wide interventions can improve health outcomes for these women and their children.

Breaking barriers: Kaleb Phelps pioneers research on autism diagnosis experiences in the Black community

Phelps is set to begin conducting research on the experiences of Black families pursuing ASD diagnoses with funding from a 2023 Autism Science Foundation fellowship.

Class of 2023: Graduates look back on lessons learned at USC

Abbey Druckenmiller. Charlotte Pollack. Stephen Girard Fredenberg. Robbie Pokora. Meet just a few of the extraordinary Honors graduates that will leave USC this spring and make their marks on the world.

Public health program inspires prevention focus for future physician

With interests in maternal and child health/mortality, particularly the disparities faced by rural communities in the U.S. and in S.C., Anjali Borsum will focus on prevention during her Doctor of Medicine program at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Undergraduates earn prestigious research opportunities in Germany

Honors students Dylan Johnson, Amber Pospistle and Alexis Soucy have earned summer research experiences at top German universities as DAAD RISE interns.

Exploring the ties that bind

Breakthrough Leader and SCHC Pearce Faculty Fellow Ralf Gothe studies interactions between particles essential to quantum field theory.

Sullivan Award winner excelled despite pandemic limitations

Honors College senior Charlotte Ann Pollack did not let the pandemic stop her from excelling even when the worldwide shutdown significantly altered her plans. The Fort Mill, South Carolina, native is one of two winners of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award — the university’s highest student honor.

Sullivan Award winner leaves legacy of giving back

Honors College senior Robert William Pokora III drew on his family’s experience with organ transplant to restart an organization at the University of South Carolina that advocates for people to sign up to be donors. The Greer, South Carolina, native is one of two winners of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award — the university’s highest student honor.

Six Garnet Apple Awardees Enhance Student Learning at USC

Three Honors faculty have been awarded the 2023 Garnet Apple Award for Teaching Innovation: April Hiscox, Kristen Hogan and James Risk. The Garnet Apple honors USC's exceptional faculty who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to best teaching practices and an ongoing record of developing innovative strategies to enhance student learning in their courses.

Brooks Hearn: Rooted in research

Brooks Hearn, a senior public relations manager at Chernoff Newman and SCHC alumni, reflects on her time at USC and how it shaped her future career.

Alumna’s journey from student government to Supreme Court

Starting in the summer of 2024, the Honors alum Erin Brown will serve as a law clerk for the Supreme Court. In that role, she will work on hundreds of petitions, hearings and decisions handled by the highest court in the country.

USC Honors students earn Goldwater scholarships

Undergraduate researchers thrive at the University of South Carolina. If you need proof, look no further than the Goldwater Scholarship, a national award recognizing the exceptional work and dedication of STEM undergraduates towards their research careers.

Student Body President Emmie Thompson aims to tackle 'realistic' goals, represent all students in new role

Emmie Thompson, USC's new student body president, wants to tackle manageable goals during her time in office. According to Thompson, her involvement in Student Government has been a way for her to give back to the USC community.


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