|SPARC: Support to Promote Advancement of Research and Creativity|
This list of frequently asked questions will be updated as the year goes on and more application workshops are held. If your questions aren't answered here, please email Lauren Clark for assistance or give her a call at (803) 777-3929.
May 1, 2014.
The Faculty Advisor on the proposal should be the student's primary Advisor for their dissertation or thesis. If a student wishes to have a USC faculty member other than their primary Advisor as the Faculty Advisor (and PI in USCeRA) for this Fellowship, then the student must submit a letter of support from their primary Advisor stating their approval for another faculty member to serve as the Faculty Advisor for the Fellowship. Alternatively, the student's dissertation or thesis committee may approve the appointment of a USC faculty member who is not the primary Advisor as the Faculty Advisor for this Fellowship. In this case, the student must produce a letter of support from the Chair of the Dissertation or Thesis Committee stating the committee's approval for a faculty member other than the primary Advisor to serve as Faculty Advisor (and PI in USCeRA) for this Fellowship. When submitting the SPARC Fellowship proposal, this letter of support should be appended to the proposal and should appear after the Faculty Letter of Recommendation.
Work must be conducted in a 14 month period: May 1, 2014 through July 31, 2015.
No. You may only request conference travel funds for ONE conference - EITHER one domestic conference OR one international conference. Students are encouraged to seek funds for conference travel through the Graduate School, your Department or Program, and/or the organization or society sponsoring the conference. Please note below that you may only request travel funds for EITHER a conference OR for travel to conduct research/project.
No. You may request funds for EITHER travel to conduct research OR travel funds to attend a conference, but not both.
Yes, you may use the funds to attend a different conference in your discipline, if your advisor approves the change.
ALL PhD students must be a second year PhD student to apply.
No, joint proposals are not allowed.
Yes. You may request funds to cover the expenses related to the short course; HOWEVER, your Faculty Advisor must state in the Letter of Recommendation that the course is essential to your research and that the course will help advance the PhD dissertation.
Yes. Your Faculty Advisor should state in the Letter of Recommendation that 1) such training is necessary for the development of your dissertation, and 2) the Faculty Advisor has spoken with the Facility Manager or Director, and that this Manager or Director has agreed to train the student and/or to allow the student to use the equipment/facility.
Yes, as long as the amount reimbursed does not exceed the allowed state rate.
Here’s the new description for obtaining unofficial transcripts:
HOW to get this: Go to my.sc.edu
• under “Academics,” select “View grades, transcripts, and holds.”
• This will bring you to the login page: Login.
• Under “Student Records” select “Academic Transcript.”
• For Transcript Level: “All Levels”
• For Transcript Type: “Advising”
• Click on “Submit”
• Copy and paste the entire document (all student info, classes, grades, etc) with GPA to the end of your proposal.
Important notes for pasting transcripts:
• Be sure your page margins are 0.5 inches
• Keep source formatting when you paste (this means a direct paste, do not do anything special or it won’t work right)
• Once pasted, select the entire table and change font size to 11pt (this will help with the fit)
No, but you are still responsible for adhering to this year’s guidelines.