Volunteer Opportunity: Charleston Moves Biker and Pedestrian Count

What: Students walk and bike to the College of Charleston campus every day. Join the Center for Civic Engagement in partnering with Charleston Moves as they try to make Charleston a safer city for bikers and pedestrians. The Center for Civic Engagement will be conducting a biker and pedestrian count at the intersection of Coming and Calhoun, next to Addlestone Library. Charleston Moves use this data to promote legislation that supports the safety of bikers and pedestrians.

You do not have to volunteer for both dates!

When: Tuesday, September 17th from 3:30-6:30pm and Saturday, September 21st from 1:30-4:30pm

Where: Corners of Calhoun and Coming Streets

Register: Sign up through Cougar Connect https://cougarconnect.cofc.edu/event/4847626

Posted on September 12, 2019 in Community Engagement

Neuroscience of Alcohol Addiction Research Opportunity

A position is available as a volunteer research assistant to work in the addiction neuroscience laboratory of Dr. L. Judson Chandler at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). The Chandler Laboratory is interested in understanding how alcohol effects brain function and behavior. The lab uses state-of-the-art neuroscience techniques (eg, optogenetics, chemogenetics, calcium imaging, electrophysiology, etc.) and rodent (rats, mice) behavioral models to investigate how alcohol alters brain circuitry and behavior and test whether we can prevent/reverse these alterations through various interventions.

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Eligible students must be available for at least 15 hours/week to work in the lab. Background in neuroscience, biology, or psychology is encouraged, but not required (ie, some of our data analysis occurs in Python and MATLAB, which may be of interest to students with computer science/programming backgrounds). Ideal candidates should be in good academic standing, exhibit an interest in learning, possess a strong work ethic, and be able to work independently and communicate with others effectively.

*Following acceptance of this position, self-motivated students who exhibit reliable work performance over time and demonstrate an interest in expanding their initial responsibilities may transition to a paid volunteer status. An additional long-term goal is that exceptional students may have the opportunity to design and perform experiments, under the guidance of Mr. Nentwig and Dr. Chandler, necessary to complete a senior/honors thesis during their time in the lab.

Initial responsibilities will include helping with ongoing experiments and learning basic operating procedures. Based on student interest and performance, they may narrow their focus to learning specific techniques and/or working on specific experiments to achieve a more focused research experience. Below is a list of categories of potential techniques available to learn/perform. Some examples of explicit tasks associated with each technique are listed within each category.

Brain tissue processing: Rodent brain sectioning, performing immunohistochemistry; using fluorescent microscopy to visualize various brain proteins

Behavioral models of alcohol use: Optimizing parameters for a rat model of seeking and consuming alcohol; Handling and habituating rats to experimental environments

Optogenetics/Fiber photometry: Constructing optic fibers ands patch cord cables for optogenetics and fiber photometry studies

Data Analysis: Collecting, recording, and graphing data; Learn basic statistics concepts necessary to analyze data

Literature Review: Reading and summarizing primary research articles related to the scientific research questions and techniques used in our research experiments.

Interested students should contact Todd B. Nentwig at nentwig@musc.edu.

Posted on September 11, 2019 in Research

Strategic Planning Opportunities

Strategic Planning Forum:

What: This forum will serve as a venue for President Hsu’s presentation on the broader higher education landscape and current state of the College and also offer initial thoughts on the future of our institution. Students in attendance will be able to hear more about the President’s ideas and ask questions pertinent to the presentation.

When: Thursday, September 12 from 3-5pm

Where: Stern Ballroom

Blue Beyond Strategic Planning Workshops

What: These workshops will guide participants through the strategic planning journey while capturing their input on many important topics concerning the College’s future. Using a “journey map” and working in small groups, participants will explore the College’s strengths gained over its history and the changes we’re seeing in higher education; then, they will use this data to imagine the future of the College through engaging dialogue with other participants. Key takeaways from these sessions will be critical information for the College’s Strategic Planning Steering Committee as they develop the strategic plan.

When: 2 sessions on Wednesday, September 18; 9am-12pm and 1-4pm

Where: Stern Ballroom

To RSVP: Please RSVP for either workshop by emailing rsvp1@cofc.edu.


Posted on September 11, 2019 in Announcements & Events, Campus Involvement

Submit a Proposal for the Sturcken Oratorical Competition

The Second Annual Sturcken Memorial Oratorical Competition provides students with a platform to share their experience with marginalization on campus. After crafting a proposal and submitting it here, you may be selected to expand and share your ideas on progress with the broader CofC community. The winners will receive a cash prize and an institutional commitment to see the project through, with the support and resources of the Provost’s Office, Student Affairs, the Sustainability Literacy Institute, and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Submissions close Monday, September 30.

For more information on the competition, visit the event website.

Posted on September 11, 2019 in Announcements & Events, Community Engagement

Andrew O’Shaughnessy Lecture

What: Dr. O’Shaughnessy is the author of The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire (2013) and An Empire Divided: The American Revolution and the British Caribbean (2000). The Men Who Lost America was awarded the New York Historical Society American History Book Prize and the George Washington Book Prize. Dr. O’Shaughnessy will discuss parallels between Jefferson’s idea of a university and higher education in South Carolina. As a dual citizen of Great Britain and the United States, O’Shaughnessy offers a unique perspective of our nation’s founding and one of its most revered founders.

Where: Addlestone Library, Room 227

Where: Friday, October 4th from 4-5pm


Posted on September 10, 2019 in Announcements & Events

2020 Rangel Graduate Fellowship

The Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for the 2020 Fellowship at www.rangelprogram.org.

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a U.S. Department of State program, administered by Howard University, that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State. Candidates must be graduating seniors or college graduates with strong academic records and a desire to promote positive change in the world. The program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women and those with financial need.  Applicants with any undergraduate major are welcome to apply. Selected fellows will receive support for graduate school and will enter into exciting and rewarding careers representing the United States overseas.

Application Deadline: September 24, 2019

Program Contact: rangelprogram@howard.edu, 202-806-4367 or 877-633-0002

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Program Benefits

  • An orientation to the Program and the Foreign Service at Howard University in Washington, D.C. in late May 2020.
  • Two summer internships, one on Capitol Hill in summer 2020 and one overseas at a U.S. embassy/consulate in summer 2021.
  • Up to $37,500 annually toward tuition, fees and living expenses for a two-year master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service such as Business Administration, Economics, Public Policy, and International Relations at a U.S.-based institution.
  • Mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer throughout the duration of the fellowship.
  • Employment in the State Department Foreign Service for those who successfully complete the program and meet Foreign Service entry requirements, in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy, with each Rangel Fellow committing to a minimum of five years of service.

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizenship
  • Seeking admission to graduate school in fall 2020 for a two-year program in an area of relevance to the Foreign Service at a U.S.-based institution
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application

Posted on September 5, 2019 in Internships & Jobs, Scholarships, Grants & Awards

Boren Awards Application Now Available!

What: Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. A list of eligible countries can be found here. Applicants must be matriculated in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program located within the United States and accredited by a body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time of application. They must remain matriculated in an undergraduate degree program for the duration of the scholarship and may not graduate until the scholarship is complete.

How to Apply: The online application can be found here. If you have any questions or would like more information about the application process, please contact our on-campus representative Sarah Simmonite at simmonites@cofc.edu or (843) 953-7059.

Deadline: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 5 pm EST

Posted on August 28, 2019 in Scholarships, Grants & Awards, Study Abroad

Lead Generation Internship for Life Science Firm

Phlegar & Associates is seeking a lead generation intern to perform research on behalf of a life sciences company. The position could also be split between two interns, each working 4-6 hours per week. The intern(s) will call physician practices, making it ideal for someone familiar with clinical topics and/or is a science major. The position pays $12-$15/hour. A set weekly schedule can be determined based on the candidate’s availability during the week. This position is available immediately.

Contact at Kathy Phlegar at kphlegar@phlegarandassoc.com with any questions or to indicate your interest in applying.


Posted on August 26, 2019 in Internships & Jobs

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