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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.

Sullivan Award winner has passion for serving others

A passion for helping others has led Honors student Shannon DePratter to participate in several service organizations while also completing her degree in biomedical engineering in just three years. DePratter is one of two winners of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award — the university’s highest student honor.

Gamecocks in Germany: seven USC students awarded DAAD scholarships

Aidan Billings, Molly Conway, Shannon DePratter, Parker Huggins, Shruti Jadhav, Vansh Nagpal and Lydia Pless have been awarded scholarships from DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service. This is the largest cohort of University of South Carolina students ever to earn DAAD funding for summer research and internships in Germany.

Two USC students earn Erasmus Mundus scholarships to pursue master’s degrees abroad

Kathleen Barnwell and Carlos Sanchez Julia are 2024 recipients of Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters scholarships.

USC Announces Three Critical Language Scholarship Recipients

Eli Hatcher, Jahleel Johnson and Sophia Rowan have been awarded the 2024 Critical Language Scholarship for intensive language study.

Honors College student wins Truman Scholarship

Reese Lycan embodies the spirit of the Truman Scholarship. With an eye on becoming a physician, the Honors College junior also wants to advocate for better health care access, particularly for low-income residents of rural Appalachia.

Honors College students excavate artifacts from the 1800s

An Honors College class is excavating the Horseshoe to raise awareness of the enslaved labor force that built the university. This is the first time in 51 years that archaeological research is being done at the heart of campus.

USC has 3 Goldwater scholars in 2024

Three University of South Carolina Honors College students were awarded prestigious Goldwater scholarships Friday, March 29.

Tourney Talk: HoopsHD interviews South Carolina band member Brayden Russell

Between meeting Honors requirements and Carolina Band activities, Honors student Brayden Russell remains busy as he pursues a chemical engineering degree and prepares to perform at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Mechanical engineering student wants to find practical solutions to real world problems

Honors student Alex Alpert, a fourth-year mechanical engineering major, turned his childhood curiosity for how machines function into a passion for building machines to solve real world issues.

Aspiring teacher embraces history's role in guiding future generations

Honors student and McNair scholarship recipient Gracie Vess hopes to shape the future by becoming a high school history teacher.


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