Archive | November, 2019

Student Opportunity Center (SOC)

CofC Honors has recently adopted a resource that connects you to over 10,000 conferences, journals, research, and funding opportunities from all over the world. It is free, easy to use, and flexible to your interests. Please take 30 seconds to check it out and discover opportunities to make yourself stand out from the crowd!

Check your emails (and spam folders) for an invitation to join the network. This short video provides more information on how to navigate the new system.

If you have lost the activation email, never received it, or it ended in your spam folder, click here to get a new one.

Posted on November 26, 2019 in Internships & Jobs, Research, Scholarships, Grants & Awards

The 2020 Fulbright Summer Institute application is now open!

The Fulbright UK Summer Institutes are three-to-four week programs for US undergraduate students. Participants can explore the culture, heritage, and history of the UK while experiencing higher education at a UK university. The Institute costs covered by the Fulbright Commission and its partner institutions include return US-UK airfare, tuition and fees at the host institution, and accommodation. There are multiple institutions to choose from, including University of Sussex, Queens University Belfast, and the Glasgow School of Art, among others.

Current freshmen and sophomores or students who will have at least two years of undergraduate study remaining after the Summer Institute are eligible to apply. The Summer Institute seeks students who have little to no experience traveling outside of the U.S. or North America. Students must have a 3.7 GPA to be eligible for this award.

Applications close in February. For more information, visit the program’s webpage.

Questions or application help? Contact the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards,

Posted on November 19, 2019 in Scholarships, Grants & Awards

Apply to be an Orientation Intern!

What: Orientation Interns play an essential role in helping new students and their families transition into life at CofC. Interns act as mentors, providing guidance to new students and presenting them with important information on-campus resources. With that being said, interns must possess outstanding leadership skills and have the capacity to act as role models to new students. Additional details about the internship including GPA requirements, expectations and responsibilities can be found here.

To Apply: Please read through the application packet before applying. All applications must be submitted via the online application form.

Deadline: All applications must be submitted online through the application form by Sunday, January 20, 2020 by 5pm.

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Auwaerter, Director of Orientation, at or call (843) 953-2017.

Posted on November 19, 2019 in Campus Involvement, Internships & Jobs

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 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 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 (

Posted on November 12, 2019 in Research

Ernest F. Hollings NOAA Undergraduate Scholarship

Who: Current sophomores majoring in and conducting research in oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences, including geography, physics, hydrology, and geomatics, are invited to apply.

What: The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to $9,500 per year) for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid ($700/week) internship at a NationalOceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) facility during the summer.  The internship provides scholars with hands-on, practical experience in NOAA related science, research, technology, policy, management, and educational activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory NOAA Scholarship Program orientation and the annual Science & Education Symposium, scientific conferences where students present their research, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.

To Apply: Apply using the online application. Applications are due by Friday, January 21, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST.

Questions or application help? Contact the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards at

Posted on November 5, 2019 in Scholarships, Grants & Awards

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