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Magellan Ten-Year Celebration

Magellan in the News

USC's Magellan programs tend to attract the best and brightest undergraduate gamecocks, so it's no surprise that they regularly make headlines at USC, and beyond.

Eric Bringley

Magellan Scholar and Ambassador awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Senior Eric Bringley is the first USC student to earn the highly competitive and prestigious scholarship, which was awarded to 35 academically gifted and socially committed students from 28 institutions in the United States.

Joseph Durant

Magellan Scholar publishes on famed 18th Century Scottish Poet

Joseph DuRant, a Magellan Scholar and 2015 English Honors graduate, is probably the world's youngest published author on 18th-century Scottish poet Robert Burns.

Kelsie Dirksing

Magellan Scholar receives early admission to prestigious medical school program

Few aspiring medical students can relax their senior year knowing that they have already been accepted to medical school. Kelsie Dirksing received both early acceptance and admission to a competitive research program at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine during the spring semester of her junior year, but she isn’t exactly relaxing.

Kelly McCabe

Magellan Scholars earn national Hollings undergraduate research award

Several Hollings Scholars for 2014-16—Riley Brady, Charlotte Eckmann, Kelly McCabe and Chandler Green—and for 2015-17—Kaitlyn Bretz and Alexandra Golden and Jory Fleming—gained valuable research experience through Magellan undergraduate research programs.

Alex Basilakos

Magellan alumna and USC Ph.D. student receives Presidential Fellowship, plans career in research

A Magellan Scholar award recipient in 2007, Alex Basilakos, is back at USC finishing a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders in preparation for a career in research and clinical education. Her scholarly excellence earned her a prestigious Presidential Fellowship this year.

Asma Jaber

Pivotal time: Helping preserve disappearing history

Magellan Scholar alumna, Asma Jaber, recently won first place in the Harvard Innovation Lab startup competition with her new technology, PIVOT, which digitally preserves photos and stories of some of the world’s most vulnerable, and valuable, artifacts.

Del Maticic

Making order of a classical education

Del Maticic used a Magellan Scholar award to study a medieval legal treatise on property law, and, in his junior year, received an Honors College grant to travel to Naples, Italy, to study a 14th century Latin preacher’s manual.

Lily Gullion in the Netherlands

Game theory

Lily Gullion had a passion for helping children with disabilities when she came to the University of South Carolina, and thanks to the Magellan Scholar program, it’s taken the exercise science junior all the way to the Netherlands this summer for an intensive research project.

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The final frontier

Magellan Scholar Julia Bennett won the USC Photography Department’s 2015 Portfolio Review Prize with photos she took on her research trip to Australia. Her photo collection, Into the Umbra, is on display at the Columbia Museum of Art. Click here to check out her story, and view her images by launching the image gallery at right.

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USC Aiken's Magellan Scholars rack up numbers

Students at USC Aiken have earned more Magellan Scholar awards than any other USC System campus. The Aiken Standard recently caught up with three of the 2015 recipients—read about their exciting projects and how Aiken has become so successful.

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Lyrical ballads 2.0

A Romantic-era poetry scholar, English professor Paula Feldman is working with the university’s Center for Digital Humanities and several Carolina students to resurrect long-forgotten music featuring lyrics by some of the best known poets of the British Romantic era by making it available online. Sophomore computer science major Victor Reynolds earned a Magellan grant to build the Romantic Era Lyrics Project website, which will launch this spring.

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The world's biggest field

Two students from the College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management traveled to Rio for the 2014 World Cup to study ambush marketing, which is when brands use major events to market products without going through official channels.

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Medieval identity theft

Undergrads Carl Garris and Aaron Sanders used their Magellan Scholar research funds to travel to the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory outside of San Francisco to analyze a hand-lettered 13th century Bible, seeking clues to its provenance.