Rotary Global Grant Drop-in Info Session

What: Honors alum Madeline Leibin ’18 will be on-campus to talk about her experience studying Conflict Resolution & Mediation at Tel Aviv University on a Rotary Global Grant. Madeline will share insight and tips on the Rotary Grant application process, and answer questions about life as an international graduate student. This is an ideal opportunity for any student interested in attending grad school abroad.

Where: The Honors Center upstairs classroom

When: Thursday, November 21 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Posted on November 14, 2019 in Announcements & Events, Scholarships, Grants & Awards

Vegan Holiday Side Dish Workshop

Do you want to learn about how you can make your holiday meals more sustainable? Come out for a workshop to learn how to cook vegan holiday side dishes! The workshop will be held on Thursday, November 21st from 3-4pm in the McAlister Kitchen.

Please register for the event here.

Posted on November 14, 2019 in Announcements & Events

ACM Overnight Game Fight

What: CofC’s Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is hosting this semester’s Overnight Game Fight! There will be console games, PC games, board and card games, and lots of food! ACM will provide some games, consoles, and hardware from the department, but attendees are highly encouraged to bring extra games, consoles (including PCs!), or other hardware. TVs and HMDI cables are especially helpful.

Where: SSMB 129

When: Friday, November 15 from 8pm to 8am

Cost: $5

To RSVP: Fill out the RSVP form here

Posted on November 13, 2019 in Announcements & Events

Honors Directed/Co-Authorship Opportunity

Honors Directed and/or Publication co-author opportunity for a HONS student who knows R programming to work on an open-source software project, LipidMatch.

Check out this link and Contact Lancie Affonso, Director, Data Science Undergraduate Program at affonsol@cofc.edu if you are interested.

Posted on November 13, 2019 in Research

Research Opportunities for Biology and Geology Majors

Please click “read more” below to check out some potential research opportunities for Biology and Geology majors. Please contact Dr. Jean Everett at everettjj@cofc.edu for more information.

 

 

 

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Macbridea caroliniana, Carolina bird’s in a nest, is a very rare plant species, about which very little is known. It is seldom seen.

The Butler Foundation has recently bought a significant chunk of land along the Black River, north of Jamestown and west of Andrews, other side of the Santee River, and probably 1.5-2 hours from Charleston. It’s my understanding that their intent is a combination of conservation, preservation, education, some public access and some scientific research.

The Foundation hired Celie Dailey to document botanical aspects of the property. Celie stumbled over an enormous population of Macbridea – third largest in the state and 5th largest in its range. So little is known about this species, and Celie has now committed to a series of enquiries that will involve several independent research projects at The Citadel, where she is a Master’s student, culminating in a thesis.

Celie has more than enough potential work for her thesis, but there is much more to be explored. The species is of concern, but not yet listed, and the Fish and Wildlife Service is eager to learn more about the ecology of the species, with the idea of restoring populations, rather than having to list the species on the Endangered Species List.

Conversation with relevant partners has revealed several areas where student research would be appropriate, and welcomed. The main ones include a population genetics study. The species is rhizomatous, and there is a serious question about the maternal line independence. Another is about pollinators and the potential for self-pollination. There’s little known about pollination.

A third question involves seed propagation. Celie and April Punsalan (FWS) have been collecting and collating seeds for the past several months. To my knowledge, there is nothing known about seed propagation for this species, including the importance of mycorrhizae. The FWS has a new greenhouse at Bears Bluff, on Wadmalaw, which could be used for germination experiments.

Additional questions involve hydrology and soils, with the idea of wells being installed in the different “zones” of the metapopulation. This is a species with very limited known habitat information, and Celie has found it over a wide-spread set of hydrological conditions. But why??? We don’t know.

An additional issue is that Celie has found the species with a fairly wide variety of indicator species – indicators that don’t align with each other based on soils. That also seems like an area to explore.

Beyond normal College funding potential, there is some possibility of funding through the Butler Foundation or the FWS. There is certainly the probability of novel and publishable student research projects.

Initial contact can be made through Dr. Jean Everett (everettj@cofc.edu)

Posted on November 12, 2019 in Research

CYP Networking Event

What: Charleston Young Professionals is a branch of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce created to attract, retain and develop young professionals in the Charleston region. The Career Center has invited members of the CYP to conduct a panel discussion followed by industry-focused, casual networking conversations with local young professionals.

Where: Alumni Hall (second floor of Randolph Hall)

When: Tuesday, November 19 from 5-7pm

If you are interested in this event, you can register on Handshake.

 

Posted on November 12, 2019 in Announcements & Events

Nordstrom Finance Rotational Program

Are you a Class of 2020 business student interested in pursuing a career in corporate finance? Start by applying to Nordstrom’s Financial Rotational Program. It is an accelerated, 3-year development program designed to maximize participants’ exposure to different business units within Nordstrom. Perks include visibility to finance leadership, a clear path to promotion, and networking events.

If you have questions about the role or working at Nordstrom in general, please reach out to Peter Bruno, Honors Alum and Nordstrom Financial Analyst, peter.bruno@nordstrom.com. Interested students can apply here.

Posted on November 12, 2019 in Internships & Jobs

Research Opportunity in Neuroscience at MUSC

The lab of Christopher Cowan in the Department of Neuroscience at the Medical University of South Carolina is looking for an undergraduate student to assist with experiments related to mouse models of autism. This project will focus on the interplay between neuroscience and immunology in autism models. Research work will include assisting with genotyping, brain collection and sectioning, immunohistochemistry, brain cell isolation, and a number of molecular techniques.

Volunteers should dedicate 6-12 hours per week to this research. There is flexibility depending on class schedules. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain research experience while networking for career development. The Cowan lab is very friendly and there is a wealth of knowledge from which to learn.

If interested, please send your resume to Catherine Bridges at svetchar@musc.edu.

Posted on November 11, 2019 in Research

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