OFSP Celebrates 20 Years of National Fellowship Advising with 53 Winners Earning More Than $2 Million
Established in 1994, the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs (OFSP) provides support for students applying for nationally competitive fellowships. Twenty years of national fellowship winners have seen many high points. USC alumni Nicholas Miller '00 and Elizabeth Nyikos '09 are the proud recipients of the only Marshall Scholarships (for study in the UK) in the entire state of South Carolina. We have had 45 Goldwater Scholars, all coming out of the Honors College, in a winning streak that spans 22 years. Our 1995 Truman Scholar, Steven Burritt, gives back to USC by serving on the USC Truman Committee. There have been Hollings Scholars from USC in nine of the 10 years since the scholarship's beginning in 2005. All told, over the past 20 years students and alumni of USC have won 665 national fellowships, earning nearly $20 million for advanced study.
OFSP celebrated its 20th anniversary with a strong showing in a variety of national fellowship competitions. Highlights of our student winners in 2013-2014 include 6 Fulbright US Student Scholars (USC has had at least one Fulbright scholar in 18 of the last 20 years, and is currently on a 13-year streak), a record 7 NOAA/Hollings Scholars (making USC one of the top 3 Hollings-producing schools in the country this year), 4 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship winners and 3 honorable mentions, 2 Goldwater Scholars (giving USC a 22-year winning streak), 2 Boren Scholars heading to Russia for a year of language study, 2 Critical Language Scholarship winners, and a Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow. In the 2013-2014 academic year, 225 national fellowship applications were submitted, with 72 applicants advancing to the finalist stage, and of those, 53 became fellowship recipients. Together, those 53 have earned more than $2 million for academic study.
Start early, ask questions, and remember that all you're doing is telling your story: good advice from 2014 Goldwater Scholar Connor Bain '15. Students continue to report positive experiences with the application process. When asked if completing an application packet was valuable to them, 98% of applicants said yes. Riley Brady '16, a 2014 Hollings Scholar, noted
There is no sense in fearing rejection or the application process itself. I was rejected from my first try at the Goldwater, but it gave me practice in the application process, made me prioritize future plans, allowed me to develop relationships with professors, and set me up for a much simpler Hollings process. I believe there is a national fellowship out there for every student's interests - it is just a matter of working with OFSP and giving it a shot.
The value of the opportunity for reflection was also noted by Andrea Eggleston '15, 2014 Truman Finalist in her advice to future applicants:
Try to incorporate the changes that you are learning about yourself, your motivations, and your end goals into your life now instead of later. That is what the true goal is, and making those changes and moving forward with your motivations is really what the whole process is trying to encourage.
Faculty and staff partners work with OFSP by serving on scholarship committees and interview teams, and assisting students as they write essays and assemble resumes for these competitions in which they are competing with students across the nation. These faculty and staff represent 21 departments and Centers within the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as 12 other colleges and schools on campus including the Moore School of Business, Education, Engineering and Computing, Law, Mass Communications, Music, Public Health, Social Work, SCHC, EPI, and Medicine. 100% of faculty assessed agree that supporting students' construction of a competitive application packet for a national fellowship competition is a rewarding experience.
Want to add your name to the winners list? The office continues to provide a variety of options for students to learn about national fellowships. Our website offers INFO (Investigate National Fellowship Opportunities - www.sc.edu/ofsp/info), a searchable database, as a starting point for exploring possibilities. OFSP also runs a series of fall workshops on specific competitions, as well as offering one-on-one appointments for students to help them find fellowships that fit their interests and goals.
For a complete list of winners and more information on how USC students can apply for national awards, go to www.sc.edu/ofsp.
University of South Carolina Announces Pickering Graduate Fellowship Winner
The Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs is pleased to announce that Sheimaliz Glover has been awarded the Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Fellowship. The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship is funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Department of State seeks a Foreign Service that reflects the diversity and excellence of our society. The Fellowship is designed to attract outstanding individuals from all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career with the U.S. Department of State.
The Fellowship provides 2 years of funding to participants as they prepare academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Its purpose is to recruit talented students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy.
Glover is a 2014 graduate of the University of South Carolina where she majored in International Business and Marketing, with minors in Chinese and Dance. She was a Wachovia Business at Moore Scholar, recipient of the TOAST Leadership Award, and consistently appeared on the Dean's List. Part of the inaugural group of students who earned Graduation with Leadership Distinction, she served on Student Government, was active with the International Student Association through Buddies Beyond Borders and as a language partner, and was a Mayor's Fellow intern at the City of Columbia Mayor's Office. She spent her sophomore year in Hong Kong, where she also received a Magellan mini-grant to research the development of women in China through the medium of dance. She returned to USC and served as a Magellan ambassador. Glover plans a career in the US Foreign Service with a focus on international development, and hopes to start her own non-profit with a focus on performing arts. She will begin her studies at John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) this fall.
This student and others seeking national fellowships were assisted by the Office of Fellowships & Scholar Programs. For more information about the Pickering, contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs at 777-0958, visit us online at www.sc.edu/ofsp, or like Fellowships & Scholar Programs Office on Facebook.
University of South Carolina Announces Six Fulbright Grant Winners
For the 13th consecutive year, the University of South Carolina will be represented abroad by Fulbright Scholars conducting research, studying, and serving as English Teaching Assistants. This year our six Fulbright recipients are Callison Coggins, Haley Horstemeyer, Hope Jackson, Mary Allison Joseph, Sarah McClanahan, and Rachel Parker, while Briana Leaman and Kathryn Miles have been named alternates. These students are among the 1,700 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2014-2015 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Since 1983, USC has had 90 Fulbright student scholars in Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, conducting research, studying in graduate programs and teaching English in K-college settings.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program provides participants - chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential - with the opportunity to study, teach or conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns in over 155 countries. Fulbright scholars at the University this past academic year represented a variety of countries, including Nigeria, Thailand, and the UK.
Dr. Jeff Persels, Associate Professor of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and Director of European Studies, and Dr. Yvonne Ivory, Associate Professor of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and German Program Director, served as the University's Fulbright Program Advisors this past year. They worked closely with many of this year's pool of candidates as they crafted their winning applications. Over 30 other faculty members assisted in interviewing applicants as part of the campus evaluation process.
These students and others seeking national fellowships were assisted by the Office of Fellowships & Scholar Programs. For more information about the Fulbright Program, contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs at 777-0958, or visit us online at www.sc.edu/ofsp.
Two University of South Carolina Students win Boren Scholarship
Laura Tarbox and John Keaney have been chosen by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) for a yearlong Boren Scholarship which will support their language and culture study in Russia. Andrew Kovtun and William Clinton Welsh were named Boren Scholarship alternates.
David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships are sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), a major federal initiative designed to build a broader and more qualified pool of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills. Boren Awards provide U.S. undergraduate and graduate students with resources and encouragement to acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the future security and stability of our nation. In exchange for funding, Boren award recipients agree to work in the federal government for a period of at least one year. “The National Security Education Program,” according to Dr. Michael A. Nugent, NSEP Director, “is helping change the U.S. higher education system and the way Americans approach the study of foreign languages and cultures.”
Tarbox is a sophomore in the South Carolina Honors College with majors in both Russian and International Studies at the University of South Carolina. She is a member of the Carolina Band and an officer in Tau Beta Sigma, a music service sorority. She also participated in Buddies without Borders, Russian Club, and the Clarinet Association. While a student at the University of South Carolina, Tarbox has received the Excellence in Russian award and Cooper Scholarship. In high school, she was awarded the National Security Language Initiative for Youth Scholarship, allowing her to participate in an immersion program in Russia. After her time in Russia with the Boren, Tarbox plans to return to further prepare to become a language or intelligence analyst for a major government agency.
Keaney is a sophomore triple majoring in Russian, Economics, and International Studies. He grew up as a military dependent, and it was through his father’s military tours that a love of foreign cultures and people developed. Keaney applied his military background in participation within the Navy-ROTC unit as a Squad Leader during his freshman and sophomore year at the University of South Carolina. He is also a paid analyst, a research assistant, a researcher, the founder of a peer-counseling program, an athlete, a volunteer, and a Russian tutor. Prior to beginning the Boren, Keaney has accepted a summer internship with the US Department of State and will work in the office in Moscow fulfilling some of the duties of a junior Foreign Service officer in the Economics division. After his time in Russia with the Boren, Keaney plans to return to further prepare to become a Foreign Service officer.
Kovtun and Welsh are both juniors in the South Carolina Honors College. Kovtun is triple majoring in International Business, Economics, and Marketing. Kovtun plans to become a Foreign Service economics officer and would use the Boren to study Czech in the Czech Republic. Welsh, a Biochemistry major with a math minor, hopes to have an international career in the sciences and would use the Boren to spend a year in Turkey.
This year, the Institute of International Education, which administers the awards on behalf of NSEP, received 868 applications from undergraduate students for the Boren Scholarship and 165 were awarded; 497 graduate students applied for the Boren Fellowship and 106 were awarded. Boren Scholars and Fellows will live in 43 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. They will study 40 different languages. The most popular languages include Arabic, Mandarin, Swahili, and Portuguese. “To continue to play a leadership role in the world, it is vital that America's future leaders have a deep understanding of the rest of the world,” says University of Oklahoma President David Boren, who as a U.S. Senator was the principal author of the legislation that created the National Security Education Program and the scholarships and fellowships that bear his name. “As we seek to lead through partnerships, understanding of other cultures and languages is absolutely essential.”
Boren candidates were supported during the application process by two offices at the University of South Carolina: the Study Abroad Office (http://studyabroad.sc.edu) which assists Carolina students in pursuing education overseas, and the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs (www.sc.edu/ofsp), established in 1994 to assist students applying for national fellowship competitions. To visit and to access the Boren website, visit http://www.borenawards.org/
USC Top 3 Producer in Nation for Hollings Scholars
Seven rising juniors at the University of South Carolina have been chosen as 2014 Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholars. This year's recipients, Riley Brady, Alicia Cheripka, Charlotte Eckmann, Chandler Green, Suneil Iyer, Kelly McCabe, and Ariane Robbins, bring the total number of USC Hollings Scholars to 25 over the nine years of this national competition, with 12 won in the past three years alone. This is the largest number of Hollings Scholar's that USC has received in a single year and places the University in the top three Hollings Scholars producers of colleges and universities nationwide.
Brady is a McNair Scholar and a member of the South Carolina Honors College, double majoring in Marine Science and German. A recipient of the David Odom Scholarship, he was also named an Elks National Foundation Scholar. Last summer, he completed an internship with the fisheries ecology lab at University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Science, and currently conducts part-time research investigating the effect of climate change on crucial ocean processes. Brady is a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, a Magellan Ambassador, and co-founder of Walk Home Cocky. He plans to earn a PhD in physical oceanography.
Cheripka is founder and president of the Wildlife Association at the University. A Woodrow Scholar, she is a member of the Lady Gamecock Division I swim team and a volunteer at the South Carolina ASPCA animal shelter. Cheripka complements her major program of study in Marine Science serving as a lab assistant for Dr. Jay Pinckney. Ultimately, she aims to work on coral reef conservation focusing on invasive species management.
Eckmann is a McNair Scholar and a member of the South Carolina Honors College. With her strong interest in Marine Science, she is a member of SEAS (Students Engaged in Aquatic Science) and a volunteer in Dr. Sean Norman's Microbial Ecology Lab. Eckmann is a founding member of Carolina Rotaract. She spent last summer interning with the Benthic Ecology Program at Mote Marine Lab. Her future plans are to complete graduate studies in biological oceanography.
Green is a Capstone Scholar who received both the Magellan Apprentice and Voyager Awards. Last summer, she researched and filmed a documentary in Iceland, which she presented at the 2014 National Conference for Undergraduate Research. An Environmental Science major, she is a Capstone Ambassador as well as a videographer for Carolinas Integrated Sciences Assessments and volunteer with the Conservation Voters of S.C. Green plans to pursue a career in science communication and filming documentaries.
Iyer is a Marine Science and Geology double major in the South Carolina Honors College. A recipient of the USC Marine Science Departmental Scholarship, he is active with the SEAS (Students Engaged in Aquatic Science). Iyer works on an undergraduate research project involving tidal propagation up rivers with Dr. Alexander Yankovsky. He plans to attend graduate school and research physical oceanography or coastal geology.
McCabe is a recipient of the Baruch Institute Undergraduate Scholarship in Marine Science and the Marine Technology Society Scholarship. She is a Marine Science major, and is interested in the field of chemical oceanography. She is a research assistant in Dr. Claudia Benitez-Nelson's Biogeochemistry Laboratory, and assisted in the reconstruction of the University's marine science classroom and wet laboratories. Outside of class, McCabe is active with Relay for Life, Boo at the Zoo with Riverbanks Zoo, intramural beach and indoor volleyball, and is secretary of SEAS (Students Engaged in Aquatic Science).
Robbins is a member of the South Carolina Honors College in the Baccalaureus Artium et Scientiae degree program with a focus on Urban Ecology. A recipient of the Cooper Scholar Award, she is also an intern for Sustainable Carolina's Food Independence Team, the co-president of the Real Food Challenge at USC, Vice President for SAGE (Students Advocating a Greener Environment), and Faculty Event Coordinator for the Honors Council. She hosts a radio show for WUSC, the student-run radio station. She plans to work in sustainable urban planning after her studies.
Hollings Scholars study a variety of disciplines including biological, life, and agricultural sciences; physical sciences; mathematics; engineering; computer and information sciences; social and behavioral science; and teacher education. The scholarship provides up to $8,000 of academic assistance per school year for full-time study during the junior and senior years. A required, 10-week, paid ($650/week) summer internship including travel and living expenses is also included.
Hollings Scholars were assisted by Dr. Claudia-Benitez Nelson, advisor for this scholarship and Director of the Marine Science Program, with a joint appointment in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences in the School of Earth, Ocean and Environment. Dr. Benitez-Nelson stated that, "the Hollings Scholarship is one of the top honors that an undergraduate majoring in Marine or Environmental Science can receive, and highlights the outstanding students within School of the Earth, Ocean, & Environment here at USC." Hollings Scholars were also aided by the University's Office of Fellowships & Scholar Programs (www.sc.edu/ofsp). Carolina students interested in applying for national fellowships are encouraged to contact the office for assistance.
USC NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Winners
Four current USC students and six USC alumni have been awarded 2014 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF). Current students John Clegg, Brendan Croom, Lewis Rowles, and Rachel Steward, as well as alumni Emily Graczyk, Allison Matzelle, Elizabeth Messman, Christopher Pinion, Nicholas Riley, and Mark Taylor have all been named NSF GRF Fellows. Three others current students, Drew DeLorenzo, Taylor Garrick, and Timothy Workman and four alumnae, Jacqueline Cantwell, Cara Fertitta, Kirstie Hewson, and Erin McParland, were selected for Honorable Mentions in this prestigious graduate fellowship competition.
Clegg will graduate in May from the South Carolina Honors College with a major in Biomedical Engineering. A 2013 Goldwater Honorable Mention, he is also the recipient of the Cooper Scholarship, the Pappas Scholarship in Biomedical Engineering, as well as Magellan and SURF funding for his undergraduate research work with Dr. Melissa Moss. Former Vice President of Theta Tau, he is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Tau Beta Pi. He plans to obtain his PhD in Biomedical Engineering and conduct research in translational drug delivery.
Croom will graduate in May from the South Carolina Honors College with a major in Mechanical Engineering. A McNair Scholar, he is also a National Merit Scholarship winner and a Lieber Scholar. His research with Dr. Michael Sutton explored digital image correlation and experimental mechanics, and he was named the SC Society of Professional Engineer's Top Undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering. Croom also serves as Project Manager for USC's chapter of Engineers Without Borders project in La Victoria, Ecuador, which was supported by a Magellan grant. He plans to teach and continue research as a professor in mechanical engineering.
Graczyk is a 2013 graduate of the South Carolina Honors College with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. A McNair Scholar, she was a Magellan Scholar and recipient of USC's Outstanding Senior Award, as well as a member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society. In addition to research in the USC Aphasia Lab, she previously conducted research at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the National Institutes of Health. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University.
Matzelle is a 2010 graduate of USC, with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology at Northeastern University. She was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority, a participant in Service Saturdays, and did both outreach and volunteer research with the Biology department. She plans a career pursuing her interests in marine physiological ecology, climate change biology, and sustainability.
Messman is a 2013 graduate of the South Carolina Honors College with a major in Experimental Psychology, and is currently working on her PhD in Education and Psychology at the University of Michigan.
Pinion graduated from USC in 2012, with dual degrees in Chemistry and Physics. A Capstone Scholar, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and was the recipient of a Magellan Award and the Hiram and Lawanda Allen Award for Excellence in Chemistry for research at USC. In 2013, he was an NSF GRFP Honorable Mention. He currently holds the Ernest L. Eliel Graduate Fellowship at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he researches methods and applications of semiconductor nanonwire morphological control with Dr. James Cahoon while pursuing his PhD in Chemistry.
Riley is a 2012 graduate of the South Carolina Honors College, with majors in Chemistry and Psychology. At USC, he was a McNair Scholar, and recipient of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, the ODK Senior of the Year, and USC Outstanding Senior Award. He was a University Ambassador, a Resident Mentor, and did undergraduate research with Dr. Stephen Morgan, for which he received a Magellan. He is currently working towards his PhD in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and plans a career as a professor at a research university in the fields of mass spectrometry and proteomics.
Rowles is a December 2013 graduate of USC, earning his BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering. A Capstone Scholar, he was a lab volunteer in the Environmental Engineering lab of Dr. Navid Saleh, and he served as Vice President of both the Institute of Transpiration Engineers and the Mountaineering Whitewater Club at USC. He is a member of Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society and ASCE, and was the recipient of the Ed Yaghjian Undergraduate Studio Art Award. Active in the ceramic studio at USC, he will be pursuing his passion for both ceramics and engineering through his research incorporating nano material in ceramic filters for purifying contaminated water in his graduate work at UT Austin, where he will be earning his PhD in Environmental Engineering.
Steward is a 2011 graduate of Tufts University, and a current PhD student in Biology at USC. A Presidential Scholar at USC, she is working in the lab of Carol Boggs, researching a species of butterfly responding to habitat invasion by a nonnative plant. She is a member of GABS (Graduate Association of Biology students), active with the Carolina Butterfly Society (Midlands Chapter), and rows for the Columbia Rowing Club. At Tufts, she won two research scholarships, graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and received the Class of 1942 Prize. She plans a career in academia.
Taylor is a 2013 graduate of the South Carolina Honors College, with degrees in Biological Sciences and History. He was the Kit and James T. Pearce, Sr. Carolina Scholar, as well as a recipient of a Magellan, SURF, and Passport Grant. He was the library assistant to Dr. Patrick Scott of the Special Collections Library, and an undergraduate researcher in the Stratmann Lab. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Plant Biology at UC Davis.
Cantwell is a 2012 graduate of the South Carolina Honors College, where she majored in Chemistry and minored in French. A McNair Scholar, she was also the recipient of the Lieber Scholarship and the National Merit Scholarship, as well as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key, NSCS, Sigma Alpha Lamda, and Alpha Lamda Delta. In 2012, she received a Fulbright to pursue research in France, and is now a PhD student in Chemistry at Northwestern University, where she conducts research in inorganic solid state chemistry and plans to be a university professor and research scientist.
DeLorenzo will graduate in May from the South Carolina Honors College with dual degrees in Marine Science and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and a minor in Business Administration. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, his past accolades include a 2012 Hollings Scholarship, 2013 Goldwater Scholarship, 2013 MASNA Undergraduate Scholar award, 2013 USC Outstanding Marine Science Rising Senior and 2014 Fulbright finalist. His undergraduate research in Dr. Jerry Hilbish's lab has been supported by Magellan and Voyager grants. He will attend Washington University in St. Louis for a PhD in Energy, Environmental and Chemical Engineering focusing on biofuels.
Fertitta is a 2010 graduate of USC with a BS in Biology. She is currently a PhD candidate in Plant Ecology at UC Riverside.
Garrick is a 2013 magna cum laude graduate of the South Carolina Honors College with a major in Chemical Engineering, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Chemical Engineering at USC. Past president and current advisor for Tau Beta Pi, he was the recipient of the Dean's Scholarship, the Henry M. Rothberg Bicentennial Scholarship. He did undergraduate research with Dr. John Weidner, and completed research supported by Magellan, SURF, and Magellan Mini Grants. He is currently a Presidential Scholar, and plans a career in industrial research or research in a national lab in electrochemistry and alternative energy.
Hewson is a 2013 summa cum laude graduate of the South Carolina Honors College with a major in Experimental Psychology. The Ralph David Neuman Carolina Scholar, she also graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and was a member of the USC University Choir. She was a research assistant for Dr. Mark Weist, and completed an independent study with Dr. Nicole Zarrett on Project P.L.A.Y. She is currently working towards her PhD in Education, with a specialization in Learning, Cognition, and Development, at UC - Irvine, and plans to work as a research professor upon completion of her degree.
McParland graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2013 from USC, with a major in Marine Science. A Capstone Scholar and a 2011 Hollings Scholar, she received a Magellan for her research with Dr. Benitez-Nelson's biogeochemical lab, and was VP of Epsilon Sigma Alpha and president of Best Buddies. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Ocean Sciences at the University of Southern California, and plans a career in academia researching global ocean change due to climate change.
Workman is a 2012 graduate of USC, with a major in Electrical Engineering. A Capstone Scholar, he also received the Palmetto Fellows scholarship and received the 2012 Outstanding Senior in Electrical Engineering award. He was a math tutor for the Academic Center for Excellence and a research assistant in the Power Electronics department. He is currently pursuing his MS in Electrical Engineering at USC, where he was recognized as an outstanding teaching assistant in 2013, and plans to pursue his interest in Signal Integrity and go on to earn his PhD and teach at the college level.
The USC NSF Committee, co-chaired by Erin Connelly (Biology) and Michael Matthews (Chemical Engineering), and comprised of Brian Habing (Statistics), Melayne McInnes (Economics), and Ken Shimizu (Chemistry and Biochemistry) is to be commended for their work with these students.
The Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs identifies and recruits student to apply for nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships, www.sc.edu/ofsp. Since 1994 when the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs was established, 78 University of South Carolina students and recent graduates have won NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.
Click here for the entire list of NSF Fellows and Honorable Mentions.
University of South Carolina Announces Critical Language
Hannah Keefer, a USC junior, and John Tasevski, a 2013 graduate, have each been awarded a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to attend an overseas intensive language institute this summer. Keefer will study Chinese, and Tasevski will study Turkish. A program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship Program offers intensive summer language institutes in 13 critical foreign languages. The selection process is administered by American Councils for International Education with awards approved by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The CLS Program is administered by American Councils and The Ohio State University/Ohio University. This brings USC's total of CLS award winners to 17 since it was established in 2006.
Keefer is a junior International Studies and History major with a minor in Chinese, and a member of the South Carolina Honors College. A junior Phi Beta Kappa, she is the recipient of the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, the USC Dean's Leadership Scholarship, the Kapstone Scholarship, the Zonta International's Young Women in Public Affair's Scholarship (2011), and the Coolidge Award in History. Keefer is currently studying abroad in Kunming, China, where she finds time to volunteer with a non-profit to aid TB patients. Back in the US, she has been a clerk at the Richland County Public Defender's office, a museum interpreter at the Powder Magazine in Charleston, and a member of USC's Rotaract Club. She is a member of and served as treasurer for Phi Alpha Delta, and a member of Phi Alpha Theta Honors Society, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Sigma Alpha Lambda Honors Society. Keefer has also volunteered as a buddy for Buddies Beyond Borders, and as a conversation partner with the English Programs for Internationals (EPI) program. She plans to attend law school to study international law, and ultimately work for the Federal Government or the United Nations.
Tasevski is a December 2013 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, with a major in Anthropology and a minor in Linguistics. He was a Capstone Scholar, the recipient of the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship and the Dean's Scholarship, and graduated summa cum laude. While an undergraduate, he was very active with the Methodist Student Network at USC, helping with monthly international student dinners and participating in volunteer mission trips to New York, New Orleans, and Brazil. He volunteered with the Washington Street UMC soup cellar, and served as a conversation partner with the English Programs for Internationals (EPI) program. Tasevski plans to continue his study of Turkish, and hopes to teach English as a foreign language, as well as work on researching and promoting peace in the Balkan region.
Students interested in the CLS and other national fellowships are assisted by the Office of Fellowships & Scholar Programs. For more information about the CLS, contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs at 777-0958, visit us online at www.sc.edu/ofsp.
22nd Consecutive Year USC Student Earn Goldwater Scholarships
For the twenty-second consecutive year, USC students have been named Goldwater Scholars. A total of 45 Goldwater Scholarships have been won by USC students since 1990. All 45 Goldwater Scholars have been members of the South Carolina Honors College.
The Goldwater Scholarship is awarded nationally to sophomores and juniors pursuing bachelors' degrees in natural sciences, mathematics, or engineering and who intend to pursue a career in research and/or college-level teaching. Each university may only nominate four students for this award.
Bain is a junior, double majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics with a minor in Music, and a member of the South Carolina Honors College. He is the Solomon Blatt Carolina Scholar. Bain has participated in interdisciplinary and diverse research experiences since high school, including an REU at Duke working in the Systems and Networking Research Group (SyNRG) and with Dr. Nelakuditi (USC Computer Science) in mobile computing. An accomplished percussionist, he is also working on a composition for Vibraphone and Google glass he plans to perform. Bain is a co-founder of Carolina Science Outreach, a 2013 Magellan Scholar, 2012-13 Leadership Scholar, 2013 Udall Honorable Mention, and the recipient of the Joseph M. Biedenbach and Wyman L. Williams Mathematics Scholarships. He plans to earn a PhD in Computer Science and conduct research on the frontier of mobile computing and teach at the university level.
Bringley is a sophomore in the South Carolina Honors College, pursuing dual degrees in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. An Eagle Scout, he is also a 2013 Magellan Scholar and 2012 Rothesburg Scholar. Bringley's research career began while he was in high school, working with Dr. Stephen Morgan (USC Chemistry) where he continues to do research. He researched as an intern at the Library of Congress last summer. He is a peer tutor in physics, math and chemistry and high school and middle school tutor for math and chemistry. Bringley plans to complete a PhD in Analytical Chemistry and conduct research analytic forensic chemistry and teach at the university level.
Utter is a junior Marine Science major with an emphasis in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. He is currently the lead undergraduate lab assistant for Dr. James Pinckney (USC Marine Science) and a lab assistant for Baruch Wet Lab. Additionally, he earned a Magellan Scholarship to research a coral disease topic, mentored by Dr. Pamela Morris (USC Marine Science). Previous research experience includes interning at the Republic of the Marshall Islands EPA and at the South African Shark Conservancy. He is a member of Students Engaged in Aquatic Sciences (SEAS), Wildlife Association at USC (WAUSC) and is a contributing writer to MarSci, USC's undergraduate marine science journal. Utter plans to pursue a PhD in Marine Biology and conduct research on biochemical pathways of marine organisms at the cellular level.
The University's Goldwater Committee, chaired by Dr. Douglas Meade (Mathematics) and including faculty members Dr. Melissa Moss (Chemical and Biomedical Engineering), Dr. Scott Goode (Chemistry), Dr. Susan Alexander (South Carolina Honors College), and Dr. Seth John (Earth and Ocean Sciences), worked with all the University nominees in preparing their applications. The Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs (www.sc.edu/ofsp) further assisted the Goldwater applicants.
Click here for the entire list of Goldwater Scholars.
Three University students named Truman Scholar Finalists
Andrea Eggleston, Andrew Kovtun, and Davontae Singleton have each been named a Truman Scholar Finalist. Highly competitive and prestigious, the $30,000 Truman Scholarship is awarded to approximately 60 juniors nationally for superior academic ability, a strong record of service and leadership, and plans for careers in public service.
A McNair Scholar (the most prestigious out of state scholarship at USC), Eggleston is pursuing a Biomedical Engineering degree, with minors in Biology, Chemistry, Spanish, and Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior. She has served as the President and Treasurer of USC's chapter of Engineering Without Borders, and traveled to Ecuador to work on their "Group Irrigation and Public Health Project." Eggleston volunteers at the Good Samaritan Dental Clinic Manager, Dental Assistant, and Spanish English Translator, and served as the President of the Predental Club at USC. She plans to pursue a doctorate in dental medicine, and spend her career as a dentist focused on oral health disparities in the United States.
Kovtun is also a McNair Scholar, and is completing majors in International Business, Economics, and Marketing, with minors in Russian and French. A recent winner of the USC Proving Ground FanFavorite Prize for his creation of the SaleAbroad.com website, Kovtun also hosts the political talk show "Dogma Shwarma" on WUSC FM, is a Viewpoints Staff Writer for the Daily Gamecock, serves as the Business Senator for Student Government, and is the Defense and Diplomacy Chair for the Roosevelt Institute. He plans to become a Foreign Service Economics Officer with the US State Department.
Singleton plans to complete his undergraduate degree in English with an emphasis on Secondary Education. Executive Director of the Waverly Afterschool Program, he is also president of both Students for Big Brothers Big Sisters and USC's Chapter of No Kid Hungry. He serves as a Big Brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia, has been a U101 Peer Leader, and is the Co-Chair of the Student Representative Board of USC Connect. Singleton plans to earn his MT before pursuing a career in teaching English and being an advocate for "At Risk" and high poverty school districts.
University of South Carolina Truman candidates are evaluated and nominated by a USC scholarship committee, chaired by Professor Shelley Smith in the Department of Sociology. Other members of the University Truman Committee include: David Simmons (Anthropology and Public Health), Steven Burritt (USC 1995 Truman Scholar), George Geckle (English), Don Fowler (Political Science), and Robert Felix (School of Law).
USC has had six Truman Scholars. Recent USC Truman Scholars include Asma Jaber in 2007, Thomas Scott in 2006, Jeremy Wolfe in 2004, and Lara Bratcher in 2003.
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