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Office of Research Announces 2015 RISE Recipients

The Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the 2015 recipients of the Research Initiative for Summer Engagement, or RISE program. This year, 35 faculty researchers from USC’s system campuses received RISE funds to support their summer research projects. We are very happy to congratulate this group of outstanding USC professors working at four-year and Palmetto College campuses, and online degree completion programs, around the state. We would also like to thank the chancellors at four-year campuses USC Aiken, USC Beaufort and USC Upstate for their collaboration in funding RISE awards for their faculty.

The RISE, or Research Initiative for Summer Engagement, program provides financial support to pay for summer salary, research supplies, travel related to research and undergraduate student support. Read more about this innovative program.

Four-Year Campuses

2015 USC Aiken RISE Recipients

Recipient Name

Project Title

DeAnna Gore Gender Differences in Being Childfree
Bing Han A Cross-Cultural Study of Perspective Taking and Empathy on Conflict Strategies
Douglas Higbee Teaching Representations of the First World War
Richard Maltz Compose A Day at the Beach, a Children's Opera
Heather Peterson Sucking the Blood of the Miserable Indians: Interpretations of Indian Mortality in New Spain from 1520 to 1620
Laura Quaynor Preparation and Practices of Teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL) Students in South Carolina after Decades of Exponential Population Growth
Alexandra Roach Diabetes Influences Inhibitory Control Performance Independent of Age in Cognitively Normal Older Adults
Keri Weed Representation of Number Magnitude in College Students


2015 USC Beaufort RISE Recipients

Recipient Name

Project Title

Kimberly Cavanagh Culture of Care in the Lowcountry: Reflecting on the Past to Understand the Present and Shape the Future Nursing Workforce
Edward D'Antonio Marine Worms Amphitrite ornata and Lepidasthenia commensalis: Investigation into Halogenated-Phenol Detoxification by Heme Enzymes
Brian Glaze Installation Art 
Xuwei Liang An Integrated White Matter Analysis System Using Diffusion Tensor Imaging
Eric Montie

Developing Zebrafish as a Biomedical Model to Understand the Neuro-developmental Effects of
Thyroid Hormone Disrupting Chemicals



2015 USC Upstate RISE Recipients

Recipient Name

Project Title

Amy Connolly A Project to Develop a More Meaningful Framework for Using Online Social Media in Volunteer Organizations
Michael Dinger

The Impact of Embeddedness on IT Professional Behavior: A Study of Skills and Labor Market Forces

Esther Godfrey Until Death Do Us Part: The Marriage Debate in Victorian Literature
Samantha Hauptman The Criminalization of Law Enforcement: America's War on Police
Merri Johnson  Queer Minds
Scott Meek The Role of Intent in Deception
Desiree Rowe Performing Gender-Based Resistance in Eastern Germany
Joshua Ruppel Synthesis of Glycosylated 5,15-Diphenylporphyrin and 5,10,15,20-Tetraphenylporphyrin Analogs Using Palladium-Catalyzed Cross-Coupling Reactions
Nolan Stolz Completion and Presentation of "Neither Here Nor There: Electroacoustic Composition, Shakespeare's Macbeth, and Eleventh-Century Scottish Music" at the 2015 College Music Society International Conference (Sweden and Finland)
George Williams Building an Accessible Future for the Humanities, Phase II
Lizabeth Zack Resurrecting the Dead: Activists, States and Corporations in the Campaign to Save the Dead Sea
Wei Zhong Applying Big Data Frameworks to the Development of Intrusion Detection Systems


Palmetto College Campuses and Online Programs

2015 USC Palmetto College Online Program Recipients

Recipient Name

Project Title

Melody Lehn The Rise of the White Glove Pulpit: Modern First Ladies and the Art of Diplomacy


2015 USC Salkehatchie RISE Recipients

Recipient Name

Project Title

Eran Kilpatrick Hybridization Among Eastern Newts (Notophthalmus viridescens) in North Carolina
Fidele Ngwane A family of Trigonometric-Fitted Hybrid Methods for the Direct Solution of Second-Order Oscillatory Initial Value Problems
Rodney Steward Neither Confederate nor Unionist: Coercion and Victimization in the Shenandoah Valley


2015 USC Sumter RISE Recipients

Recipient Name

Project Title

Mary Ellen Bellanca Jane Loudon's Wildflowers, Popular Science, and the Victorian Culture of Knowledge
Hampton Hayes Alchemy and Popular Music: Summer Salary Request to Complete a Refereed Journal Article
Andrew Kunka A Contract with God, The First Kingdom, and the Graphic Novel, The Will Eisner/Jack Katz Letters
Donald McManus Other Secrets: A Collection of Poems on the 21st Century Male


2015 USC Union RISE Recipients

Recipient Name

Project Title

Randy Lowell Incidental Vocabulary Acquisition while Reading English as a Second Language: The Influence of Contextual Constraint and Morphological Transparency
Christine Sixta Rinehart Targeted Killing in the Middle East: An Appraisal of American Counterterrorism Policies

9 March 2015