As an undergraduate she received a Magellan Grant for research on a sensor for the carcinogenic molecule benzene under the mentoring of Dr. John Lavigne; the summer before her senior year she received a DAAD/RISE (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst/Research Internship in Science and Engineering) to Germany where she worked to develop a molecule selective for a cellular component involved in inflammatory diseases; and her senior year she received the Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award given by the South Carolina Academy of Science and the Charleston and Clemson Chapters of Sigma Xi. Next year she will bio-organic chemistry at Duke University.
Yehl is a 2008 graduate of the South Carolina Honors College. He was a Palmetto Fellow and received the Victor Laurie Junior and Senior Chemist Award as well as a USC Academic Scholarship. As an undergraduate he was actively involved in research: At USC under the mentorship of Dr. Ken Shimizu he worked on developing fluorescent sensors towards detecting biologically relevant acids and he received the DAAD/ACS-RISE (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst/Research Internship in Science and Engineering) award to carry out summer research in Germany. He is doctoral student in chemistry at Emory University. Fanning graduated from the University of South Carolina Honors College in 2008, double majoring in history and anthropology. She was a Palmetto fellow and received the Charles W. Coolidge History Award in 2006 and 2007, and the Outstanding Anthropology Student Award in 2008.
As a Magellan Scholar she worked with Dr. Kenneth G. Kelly during archaeological investigations at Habitation Creve Coeur on the island of Martinique studying pottery distribution across the site. Fanning began her career as a doctoral student in anthropology at the University of California Santa Cruz in 2009, and was the recipient of a Jacob K. Javits fellowship in 2010. She is studying West African archaeology and ceramic analysis.