Pre-med summer training program with MUSC Department of Neurosurgery

Learn about medicine, surgery, and academic research through NUTIP: An interactive summer training program with the MUSC Department of Neurosurgery.

How it works: Students will shadow MUSC clinicians in the operating room and cadaver lab, participate in clinical rounds, and more. The aim is to expose pre-med students to real-world experience and provide them with a thorough understanding of the medical field as a whole.

  • The benefits: Hands-on exposure, a certificate of completion from MUSC, opportunity to publicly present research to a group of residents and physicians.
  • Program timeline: This program will last for 10 weeks over the summer. There’s a minimum time commitment of one day a week, though scheduling is flexible.

Great Fit For: Pre-med students / Aspiring neurosurgeons / Future medical researchers

How to apply: complete the online application by April 15 at 11:59 p.m.

Pre-Professional Health Advising Meeting for 2023-2024 Applicants

CofC’s pre-health advising team is offering two info sessions for students who are applying for pre-professional health programs in the current admissions cycle.

The Sessions: Tuesday, March 21 or Thursday, March 23, both from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in SSMB 129.

What will be covered: Everything from the cost of the applications, the optimal timelines, letters of recommendation and a review of what a personal statement should include with some additional resources.

How to Attend: No registration necessary, just show up!


Honors is Treating Students to a Performance by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra

The Spring ‘23 Honors Signature Series event will treat Honors students to an evening with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and composer Ed Hart.

The Concert: Friday, March 24, 6:45 p.m. (Composer conversation) followed by 7:30 p.m. (Concert) at the Charleston Gailliard Center.

The Performance: The concert will feature performances from Antonin Dvorak’s Eighth Symphony, William Dawson’s Negro Folk Symphony, and a world premiere orchestral arrangement of Margaret Bonds’ Songs of the Season.

  • Students will also get to meet with composer and Dean of the College’s School of the Arts Edward Hart. Hart, who orchestrated the arrangement for songs of the Season, will share with students his creative process for turning the vocal works of Mary Bond into an orchestral performance.

How to Attend: Register here to reserve your ticket. Tickets are limited to 30 students on a first-come, first-served basis. To claim a ticket, students must register by Monday, March 20 at noon.

  • If you have any additional questions, please contact Mary Moser,

Set Yourself up for Post-Grad Success with this Career-Readiness Workshop

Have you started thinking about your first post-grad position? This Honors-sponsored workshop will share vital tips that will help you thrive in the professional world.

The Event: An interactive workshop on Wednesday, March 22 at 5:00 p.m.

The Discussion: Career advisor Leilani M. Brown will meet with students share tips from her book From Campus to Career: 25 Tips for your First Professional Year.

The Speaker: Leilani M. Brown is an award-winning executive, thought leader and keynote speaker on workforce development, equity and inclusion, and the future of work.

Great Fit For: Whether you’re about to graduate and enter the workforce or just starting to formulate your post-college plans, this discussion will help set you up for early career success and beyond.

Join the Conversation: Open to all students; register here to attend.


You’re Hired! A Mock Interview & Resume Review Workshop hosted by the Honors College

Experience the job interview process from a whole new vantage point with You’re Hired! A Mock Interview & Resume Review Workshop hosted by the Honors College.

The Workshop: Tuesday, April 4, 5:30 p.m.

How it Works: Learn best practices for resumes and job interviews by flipping the tables! You become the hiring manage and review resumes, interview candidates, and make a hiring decision as a way to help you plan for the job application process.

  • Students will form hiring committees and conduct rapid-fire interviews with special guest candidates. Each hiring committee will make a real-time hiring decision, followed by a group debriefing where we’ll answer your questions and reveal tips for interviews and resumes.
  • After the workshop, students can stay for personalized, one-on-one resume feedback.

Benefits: Learn tips and techniques for a successful job interview / Learn about common resume and interview missteps and how to avoid them / Receive personalized feedback on your own resume

How to Register: Read below for more details, and then sign up to participate.

Mock Interview & Resume Review Workshop

We're flipping the tables and allowing you to make the hiring decision! This workshop will allow students to review resumes, ask interview questions, and make a hiring decision in real time, so that you can experience the process from the other side of the table and learn tips and best practices for your own job search process.

How the workshop works:

Part I (20-30 min.)

Student participants team up and form “hiring committees" tasked with hiring someone for a mock job (we'll share the job description with you ahead of time).

Your committee will meet with a series of job candidates who've applied for the position. You'll review their resume and ask them interview questions.

After five minutes the candidates until each committee has met with every candidate. Your committee will then have to decide which candidate you'd like to hire for the position.

Part Two (~15-20 minutes)

The entire group will come together to discuss their experiences. Each committee will explain who they hired and why. Students will then have a chance to ask general questions of the guests, and guests will share personalized feedback on interview/resume tips and best practices.

Part Three (~15-20 minutes)

Students will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with one of our special guests to review their own personal resume and receive personalized feedback and informal mentoring.


#MaroonMemories and Mentoring Welcomes Back Debra Gammons ’87

CofC alumna Debra Gammons ’87 returns to campus to meet with current students and share her experiences on Thursday, March 23. There are two opportunities to connect with Debra Gammons:

  • 10:50 – 11:20 a.m. DEI-themed Fireside Chat in Beatty 120
  • 11:20- 12:05 p.m. First-Gen & Maroon Mentoring Lunch in Liberty Fresh Foods Co.

Great Fit For: First-Gen students / Pre-Law / Community activists / Local politics

About Debra Gammons: Debra Gammons ’87 is the Director of the Office of Diversity Initiatives and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the Charleston School of Law. Learn more on LinkedIn.

Join the Conversation: All students are welcome! Register here to let us know you’re coming.

A Conversation with the Poet Sam Zamrik

Exiled Syrian poet Sam Zamrik will give a poetry reading and discussion their work with Honors students.

The Reading: Thursday, March 16 at 9:25 a.m. over Zoom

About the Poet: Sam Zamrik (they/their) is a Syrian poet, translator, musician, and political educator, who lives in exile in Berlin, Germany. They are the recipient of the Wunderblock Award (10.000 Euro), and their first published volume of poetry Ich bin nicht (I am Not), was released on October 15, 2022, with Hanser Berlin Verlag.

Join the Reading: All are welcome. Please register in advance for the Zoom link (

Funded Summer Internship with MUSC’s Dept. of Surgery through the PASS Program

[Deadline extended!] The PASS (Pipeline for Aspiring Surgical Students) Program provides summer internships with the MUSC Department of Surgery.

The Opportunity: The PASS Program provides up to three Honors interns with an immersive 10-week summer experience focused on laboratory and clinical research and designed to prepare students for a career in academic medicine, all under the mentorship of Department of Surgery faculty.

Great Fit For: Aspiring surgeons / Future medical scientists / those thinking about pursuing an MD/PhD or MD/MS and looking to bolster their application credentials

  • Previous program participants have gone on to win multiple awards at MUSC Research Day, interned with NIH, published research, and been accepted to med school.

Get Funded: Students accepted into the PASS Program also participate in the Honors Summer Enrichment Program, which includes funding of up to $4000 to support their PASS internship.

How to Apply: Read below for more details, then submit your application online by Friday, March 17 at 12:00 p.m. EST.

PASS interns will spend 10 weeks immersed in laboratory and clinical research, all under the mentorship of Department of Surgery faculty members. Potential opportunities for research include…

  • Transplant Immunology and Surgical outcomes, specifically focused on developing novel technologies and therapies to promote organ tolerance in transplantation in the Lee Patterson Allen Transplant Immunobiology Laboratory or outcomes research in the Transplant Clinical Research Core
  • Regenerative medicine, specifically relating to biomedical implants, biomaterials, tissue engineering, and 3D printing and visualization
  • Surgical Oncology research, both clinical and basic research investigating mechanisms behind cancer development and prevention and/or outcomes of therapeutics in patients
  • Cardiovascular research, focusing on basic mechanisms preventing cardiovascular disease and correlating clinical outcomes research
  • Clinical outcomes research within the Surgical Outcomes and Innovation Network at MUSC Dept. of Surgery (SORIN) and in GI surgery and general surgery within the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital Patient population

Internship Requirements:

  • Commit to working full-time (40 hours/week) for 10-weeks (exact dates will be determined based on the lab you work with)
  • Apply for and participate in the Honors Summer Enrichment Program, including pre- and post-summer workshops and cohort activities
  • Present at the annual Perry V. Halushka Research Day in November ‘23


PASS Interns will participate simultaneously in the Honors Summer Enrichment Program, which will provide them with a stipend for living expenses up to $4000 (participation in the Honors Summer Enrichment Program is required of all PASS interns).

Who Should Apply:

This opportunity is ideal for aspiring medical scientists considering a career in academic medicine (not just in surgical fields). For those thinking about pursuing an MD/PhD or MD/MS, this is a great chance to gain practical experience and bolster your application credentials.

To be considered, applicants must be a rising junior or rising senior currently in good standing within the Honors College.

Application Process:

1.) Apply to the PASS Program by Friday, March 17 at 12 p.m. EST

Applications are to be completed using the PASS Program application portal online. To complete your application you will be asked to…

  • Upload an up-to-date professional resume or CV
  • Upload a copy of your unofficial transcript
  • Write a statement of intent (500 words). Statement should discuss academic and career goals and explain, in specific and persuasive terms, the importance of the knowledge and skill gained from participation in the PASS program to academic and career development. Prior research experience should also be discussed. Note: If the student is intending to enroll in summer courses or be employed, he/she must describe how course work, employment and any other commitments will be balanced with the PASS program expectations. Students are not permitted to enroll in more than one course during the project period.

2.) Finalists for the PASS Program will be asked to submit a formal application to the Honors Summer Enrichment Program by March 31. Students who participate in the PASS program must also participate in the Honors Summer Enrichment Program. Details about that application can be found here.

Questions about the application process? Contact