Engage with Community Partners at the Bonner Leader Program’s Engage & Empower Event

Interested in earning some community service hours and helping out local non-profits? Head to the Bonner Leader Program’s “Engage & Empower” event on February 24th!

The Opportunity: During this immersive service experience, students will have the opportunity to learn more about and engage with community partners/organizations such as Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, Hope Lodge, Metanoia, and the CofC Gender Sexuality Center. Students will also be able to take part in dialogue and learning more about Charleston and the issues the city faces such as food deserts, K12 education, and more.

When & Where: The event will be…

To AttendRSVP for the event with this link by Tuesday, February 20th.

If you have any questions about the event, email volunteer@cofc.edu.

The Women and Gender Studies Dept. is Seeking Submissions for Their Newsletter

The Women and Gender Studies Department is sourcing student submissions to showcase individual work that is related to Women and Gender Studies in their newsletter!

What You Can Submit: You can submit all sorts of things, including:

  • Personal artwork
  • Visual art
  • Poetry
  • Ongoing research
  • Essays
  • Fiction writing
  • Any other student venture that focuses on women and gender in its subject matter!

To SubmitClick here to go to the submission form. Submissions are due Thursday, February 29th.

Summer research internship in the Norris Lab at MUSC with a $4500 stipend award

The inaugural Kendra Springs ’23 Memorial Research Award will provide an Honors College student with a $4500 stipend to support a summer research internship in the Norris lab at MUSC.

The Internship: Join the Norris lab in ongoing research into cardiovascular development, investigating the regulatory pathways and cell-to-cell interactions in the developing heart.

  • The internship is loosely scheduled to take place from June 1 – July 31, with exact dates will be determined upon acceptance into the internship program.

The Benefits:

  • Gain experience in a research lab setting.
  • Support data analysis into RNA sequencing and pathophysiology molecular studies on mice.
  • Valuable mentorship from MDs, post-docs, MD/PhD candidates, and more.
  • Bolster your medical school credentials.

How to Apply: Complete the online application with statement of intent + (1) letter of recommendation + resume/CV + unofficial transcript by Friday, March 1.

The Norris lab at MUSC is offering a summer internship for an Honors College student to participate in ongoing cardiovascular research.

  • The intern will be supported by the Kendra Springs ’23 Memorial Research Award, a $4500 summer stipend.
  • The internship is loosely scheduled to take place from June 1 – July 31. The exact dates will be determined upon acceptance into the internship program.

The Research

The Norris lab has over 25 years of experience understanding genetics of syndromic and non-syndromic diseases like mitral valve prolapse (MVP), aortic stenosis, bicuspid aortic valve diseases, and cardiomyopathies.

This particular summer research internship will focus on the lab’s ongoing research into cardiovascular development.

Specifically, the lab is investigating the regulatory pathways and cell-to-cell interactions in the developing heart, focused on protein expression and interactions within and between fibroblasts and cardiomyocytes and their effect on cell proliferation and maturation.

Researchers on the project are currently involved with analyzing single-cell RNA sequencing data as well as performing further molecular studies on mice to determine the pathophysiology.

The ultimate goal of the research is to elucidate some of the mechanisms behind heart maturation and development. 

Application Materials

Upload the following application materials through the online application form by Friday, March 1 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

  • Statement of Intent: Briefly discuss your academic and career goals. Your response should outline why this area of research interests you and what you are hoping to achieve from the experience.
  • (1) Letter of recommendation. The letter can be from:
    • Faculty who are familiar with your science coursework or research skills.
    • A scientist/clinician at another institution who has mentored you in a research experience. 
  • Updated resume/CV.
  • Unofficial transcript.

Funding

The internship is supported by the Kendra Springs '23 Memorial Endowed Research Award, which will provide the intern with a stipend for summer living expenses up to $4500.

The Kendra Springs Memorial Endowed Research Award has been created through the generosity of Clark and Julia Springs and many family members and friends in memory of Kendra Springs. Kendra’s family aims to support internship opportunities for Honors College students who exhibit Kendra’s drive for finding new treatments and cures for cancer. Kendra was a bright light and a constant inspiration. Her ability to tackle complex research questions to make an impact in people’s lives was impressive and her passion for her studies was palpable and unrelenting. Her contagious smile and her quiet, yet unparalleled passion for finding a solution for those with rare diseases will be forever missed.

Kendra was an Honors College student who studied chemistry at the College of Charleston. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Kendra successfully completed an internship at the Norris Lab at the Medical University of South Carolina. Kendra passed away on July 12, 2023.

  • The award recipient is also automatically accepted into the Honors Summer Enrichment Program.
  • To receive this award, recipients must be a current College of Charleston Honors College student in good standing.

Deadline approaching to apply for a funded summer internship through the PASS Program

Apply by Feb. 23 to be considered for the PASS (Pipeline for Aspiring Surgical Students) Program which 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

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: Learn more about the P.A.S.S. Program then submit your application online by Friday, February 23 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Honors College scholarship opportunities are available for 2024/25

Deadline approaching! Apply by March 1 for Honors College scholarship opportunities.

The Jill Conway Annual Scholarship recognizes former Honors College employee Jill Conway and her amazing impact on Honors College students. The scholarship supports a current Honors College student who demonstrates engagement, personal growth, and curiosity to explore new interests within the Honors College. Apply here.

  • Great Fit For: Students who have made the Honors College an integral part of their college experience.

The Chad V. Adams ’18 Memorial Scholarship celebrates the life of Honors College alumnus Chad V. Adams ‘18 who embraced adventure and had a dedication to bring his best to whatever he pursued. This memorial scholarship supports students studying the natural sciences who, like Chad, have immersed themselves in the Honors College experience. Apply here.

  • Great Fit For: Rising seniors majoring in the natural sciences.

The Mroz Global Leadership Institute Summit Starts on Thursday, February 22nd!

The Mroz Institute Summit on “Conflict, Cooperation, and Diplomacy: Perspectives on the Middle East, Latin America, China, and Russia” will take place at the College of Charleston on February 22nd and 23rd, 2024!

The Summit: This event brings a tremendous group of distinguished academics and practitioners working on conflict resolution and cooperation in various regions around the world to campus.

When & Where: The summit will be…

  • On Thursday, February 22nd, starting at 4:00 p.m., and Friday, February 23rd, starting at 7:45 a.m.
  • In RITA room 101

To Attend: Click here to register for the summit with the option to attend in person or virtually.

For more information about the summit schedule and its speakers, check out the provided flyer or click the registration link.

Clinic Volunteers Needed at MUSC Neurology Clinic

MUSC is looking for students to volunteer in a clinic setting!

Details: This volunteer position involves volunteering at a clinic located in North Charleston. Neurologists at MUSC volunteer their time one Saturday a month from 8am-12pm to see this patient population. The day of the clinic, you’ll work to manage the front area and flow while patients are waiting for their appointment as well as scheduling follow-up appointments while working with MUSC physicians and medical students.

Benefits: As a volunteer, you’ll work closely with a variety of medical personnel and learn from them. The position involves working to coordinate patient care through the Dream Clinic and MUSC. The is a great opportunity to interact with patients and the professional healthcare providers within the clinic and has potential to be a longitudinal position.

Great Fit For: Pre-med students wanting to gain clinical experience.

To express interest or ask any questions, contact Tiffany Vereen (vereente@gmail.com) or Jade Doolittle (doolittj@musc.edu).

Head to S’more Fun Fridays Hosted by the Honors Student Association on February 23rd!

Join the Honors Student Association for tasty fireside treats and fun-filled activities!

What kind of fun? Every third Friday of the month throughout the spring semester, HSA is hosting an afternoon get-together filled with gooey goodies and casual activities.

When: This upcoming S’more Fun Friday will be from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Honors Center on Friday, February 23rd!

Benefits:

  • Connect with other Honors students
  • Enjoy scrumptious snacks
  • Kick-start your weekend

No RSVP necessary, just join us upstairs in the Honors Center. Non-Honors students are welcome!