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Office of Research Announces 2017 RISE Recipients

The Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the 2017 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 the RISE competitive research grant program.

Four-Year Campuses

2017 USC Aiken RISE Recipients

Recipient Name Project Title
Richard Maltz Compose a Piano Concerto
Nicholas Marshall Layer-by-layer Techniques for Surface Modification Using Aryl Diazonium Salts
Adam Pazda Extraversion Predicts a Preference for High-Chroma Colors
Jeremy Culler Exploring the Connection between Creative Practice and Artistic Influence: A Contextual Reading of the Art of Livio Orazio Valentini in Orvieto, Italy
Kristina Ramstad Developing a Non-Invasive Technique for Monitoring Nests of the Threatened Wood Stork (Mycteria americana)
Kenneth Roberts Validation of the Proposed Mechanisms for the 2,4'-Dihydroxyacetophenone Dioxygenase Reaction
Virginia Shervette Determination of the Lionfish Species Invading Offshore Waters of South Carolina and Florida
Meredith Elzy Development of a Coding Protocol for Observable Emotional Validation and Invalidation
Titan Paul Computational Modeling of Ionic Liquids (ILs) Based Nanofluids for Solar Thermal Applications
Alexandra Roach Efficacy of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) for Pharmacoresistant Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) in Active Duty Military Personnel

2017 USC Beaufort RISE Recipients

Recipient Name Project Title
Erin McCoy Exploring War: Healing from the Vietnam War in Australia
Eric Montie Understanding the Temporal Rhythms of an Estuarine Soundscape
Edward D'Antonio Synthesis and Evaluation of Trypanosoma cruzi Glucose Kinase Inhibitors from Structure-Activity Relationships


2017 USC Upstate RISE Recipients

Recipient Name Project Title
Jack Cheng Nonlinearities of Mortgage Spreads over the Business Cycles
Michael Dinger IT Role Embeddedness: Testing A Theory of IT Professional Behavior
Ann Hoover The Role of Power in the Backlash Effect
Rebecca Mueller Learning by Doing: The Impact of Question Development and Implementation on Teachers' Understanding of Compelling Questions
Allison Pingley Czeching out of Communism
Nolan Stolz Recording Two Original Orchestral Compositions: "From The Hudson" and "Prairie View"
Matthew Placek Online News and Citizen Support for Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe
Nicole Richardson Through a Glass Darkly: Ye Shaoyuan's Search for His Deceased Daughter in a Late Ming Séance
Kimberly Shorter Effects of MTHFR Function on Epigenetics-Related Genes' Expression in Folic Acid-Treated SH-SY5Y Cells
Ning Yu Developing an Open Source Deep Learning Tool Based on a Novel Auto-Encoder Algorithm
Emily Kofoed Silence at the North Pole: Russia's Rhetorical Strategy for Arctic Sovereignty: An Analysis of International Political Discourse in an Information Age
Tina Herzberg Case Studies of Established Print Readers Learning and Using Braille and Technology in School and Home
Calvin Odhiambo Black-White Racial Disparity in Cardiovascular Disease Risk Among People with HIV-AIDS in America: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Felicia Jenkins Physical Activity and Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in African American Women

Palmetto College Campuses and Online Programs

2017 USC Lancaster RISE Recipients

Recipient Name Project Title
Steven Campbell Explaining and Forecasting Leaders’ Decisions: A Poliheuristic Analysis of the Iran Hostage Rescue Decision 
Sarah Sellhorst and Elizabeth Easley Increasing Potential and Widening Horizons: Promoting Undergraduate Research at a Two Year Regional Campus
Brooke Bauer An Enduring People: Catawba Indian Women and Education


2017 USC Palmetto College Online Program Recipient

Recipient Name Project Title
Shelley AJ Jones Mary Robinson's Lyrical Tales: An Electronic Edition

2017 USC Salkehatchie RISE Recipients

Recipient Name Project Title
Fidele Ngwame On the Construction, Analysis, and Implementation of an Energy Conserving Numerical Method for Solving Intital Value Problems
Rodney Steward The Creation of the Southern Rights Party: Secession in North Carolina
Sarah Miller Walterboro's House: History Viewed from Home


2017 USC Sumter RISE Recipient

Recipient Name Project Title
Mary Ellen Bellanca Unpublished Contextual Materials on Dorothy Wordsworth's Reader Reception

15 February 2017