Research Opportunity in Cardiovascular Development at MUSC

The laboratory of Andy Wessels at the Medical University of South Carolina has an opening for one or two undergraduate students interested in NIH-funded research focused on elucidating the molecular and cellular mechanisms that are involved in the pathogenesis of congenital and acquired heart diseases. Research activities include, but are not restricted to, tissue isolation and processing, DNA extraction and genotyping by PCR, standard and advanced histology, immunofluorescence, and 3-Dimensional Imaging processing.

Successful candidates for this volunteer research opportunity are expected to dedicate between 8-20 hours/week to this position. The Wessels lab will provide extensive training upon joining lab. The environment in the Wessels lab is friendly and relaxed. In the planning of experiments and other activities the lab takes into consideration class schedules, exams, etc. More information is available here

If interested, please contact Dr. Wessels:

Posted on January 3, 2020 in Research

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

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

2020 GCRL Summer Field Program – Apply Today

The University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Ocean Science and Technology is excited to announce the 2020 Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) Summer Field Program course line-up.  Students can apply online.  Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Their field and laboratory intensive class sizes are kept small to ensure everyone gets a great experience.  With this in mind, students are encouraged to apply early to secure a seat in the course of their choice.

Enjoy a great summer exploring the coastal habitats of the northern Gulf of Mexico. You can find more information at the GCLR website or by searching “GCRL Summer Field Program” on Facebook.  If you have any questions or if you need additional information, please contact Sam Clardy at or Margaret Firth at or by phone at 228-818-8852.

Posted on October 24, 2019 in Research

Sustainability and 21st Century Business Solutions Certificate

The CofC School of Professional Studies is introducing an interdisciplinary 15-credit hour certificate program where students will learn how to design economic and business-based solutions to 21st-century problems that will impact the triple sector (for-profit, non-profit, and government organizations). The certificate will strengthen skills in microeconomics, project management, thinking in systems, understanding emerging economic, social, and environmental trend lines and how those will impact business practices. It will also improve the way students think about relationships between humans and their environments and provide them with the tools to innovate solutions within existing or future job settings.

For more information on this program, check out the program flyer or visit

Posted on September 17, 2019 in Uncategorized

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