URCA funding available to support student research and research presentations

The College’s office of Undergraduate Research and Activities (URCA) has multiple funding resources to help students planning to conduct or present research during the upcoming school year.

Upcoming deadline: The first round of applications for RPG (Research Presentation Grants) and MAYS (Major Academic Year Support) are due August 29.

How these funds help: RPG funds help with travel costs for those presenting research at a conference, while MAYS grants help to cover student research expenses for projects carried out during the academic year.

To apply: Visit the URCA website for grant descriptions, guidelines, and the application form.

Present Your Work at the 2022 SSM Celebration of Student Research

The 2022 Celebration of Summer Research is a poster session hosted by the College’s School of Science and Math (SSM) on Convocation Day – Monday, August 22 – from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the SSMB building.

Target Audience: Students conducting mentored summer research in an SSM field, including those working with CofC faculty, MUSC faculty, the Department of Natural Resources, NOAA, and other associated facilities.

  • Learn More: Details on eligibility, abstract submissions, and creating and printing a poster are available online.

How to Apply: Submit an abstract to Professor Jason Vance (vancejt@cofc.edu). Submissions open on Monday August, 8 and close on Monday, August 15, 11:59 p.m.

Present your work at the 2022 SSM Celebration of Student Research

The 2022 Celebration of Summer Research is a poster session hosted by the College’s School of Science and Math (SSM) on Convocation Day – Monday, August 22 – from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the SSMB building.

Target Audience: Students conducting mentored summer research in an SSM field, including those working with CofC faculty, MUSC faculty, the Department of Natural Resources, NOAA, and other associated facilities.

  • Learn More: Details on eligibility, abstract submissions, and creating and printing a poster are available online.

How to Apply: Submit an abstract to Professor Jason Vance (vancejt@cofc.edu). Submissions open on Monday August, 8 and close on Monday, August 15, 11:59 p.m.

Launchpad for Success (LP4S) offers leadership and career development for AALANA students

Launchpad for Success (LP4S) is a two-year career development program that emphasizes mentoring, financial literacy, professional/personal development and experiential learning.

Target Audience: Rooted in equity, Launchpad is designed to create meaningful career pathways for incoming freshmen and rising sophomores – especially those who identify as African American, Latino/a, Asian American and Native American (AALANA).

Program Benefits: Workshops focused on financial literacy, career development and leadership development; access to experiential learning opportunities (e.g. internships, on/off campus employment, research or study abroad); support on multiple fronts, including the Office of Institutional Diversity, academic advising and peer coaching

Join the Program: Incoming freshmen and rising sophomores can apply to participate in the program. Deadline is July 29.

Full-Time Research Position with UofSC Psych Lab Studying Nueral Pathways and Addiction

The Vento Lab, a research group with UofSC’s Psychology Department, is now hiring for a full-time Research Specialist I position to assist with preclinical studies in addiction neuroscience. The lab studies the neural pathways that underlie cost-benefit decision-making and the compulsive nature of addiction.

For more details, check out the lab’s website: Vento Lab (theventolab.com).

Interested applicants can apply directly from the job posting: University of South Carolina | Research Specialist I (Vento) (sc.edu).

BE and/or Honors Engaged Opportunity with Data Initiative that Supports the Intellectual Disabilities Community

Get involved with this School of Business opportunity to gain credit and fulfill your Honors directed requirements, courtesy of graduating Honors student Elise Courtney:

“Hi everyone! My name is Elise Courtney and I am a recent graduate of the College of Charleston. I wanted to share an opportunity that I worked on during my junior and senior year in the Honors College. This project counted as my bachelor’s essay and fulfilled course credits for my major.

In short, it is a data initiative called IDKonnects that supports the intellectual disabilities community. This project has been such a huge part of my college career and has provided me with recognition in the Business School and much success in my job search. It is our hope that this project continues on a path for other students to work on.

We are looking for a student or students to continue this project and the work we have started. Students involved can get course credit hours and/or fulfillment of their bachelor’s project or Honors Engaged project. Please consider! It is such an amazing cause.”

Interested? Contact Dr. Iris Junglas – junglasia@cofc.edu for more details or to get involved.

Learn more about Fulbright

The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards is available to workshop with any students interested in Fulbright. The College of Charleston Honors College is one of the top Fulbright Scholar producing schools in the United States.

What can you do with a Fulbright? 

Live in one of 150 countries while you:

  • Teach English
  • Attend Graduate School
  • Conduct Research

Fulbright offers YEAR long grants to support these endeavors.

Rising and Current Seniors, as well as recent graduates, are welcome to apply!

Students can learn more about Fulbright here or at the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards.

MUSC Research Opportunity in the Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology

Dr. Naohiro Yamaguchi’s lab in the Department of Regenerative Medicine and Cell Biology is looking for a student intern to perform research for calcium signaling. This project focuses on the regulatory mechanisms of calcium release channels, called ryanodine receptors, and the functional consequence of their dysfunctional activities that leads to human muscle diseases.

Students will be participating in cell biology, molecular biology, and biochemistry experiments including tissue cell cultures, mutant DNA construction and expression, and functional assay for the mutant Ca2+ channel activity.

No previous lab experience is necessary as all training will be provided onsite. Selected students will work 10 hours per week during the semester and more during the summer.

Rising Sophomores and Juniors who are interested in conducting their independent research for their Bachelor’s Essay and Honors Immersed are particularly preferred.

Interested students should contact Dr. Yamaguchi at yamaguch@musc.edu or current Honors College sophomore Millar Elferdink at elferdinkme@g.cofc.edu for more information.