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Connect Through Research

The University of South Carolina is recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for its very high research activity, and as a student here, you have unparalleled opportunities to connect what you learn in the classroom to research experiences in the lab, in the field and in the community.

The university's Office of Undergraduate Research  provides the funding and mentoring support to allow you to fully explore your research interests and help you get started on your road to discovery. 

No mentor? NO PROBLEM! You can search the undergraduate research faculty database to find the USC expert who shares your research interest and is committed to fostering your growth as a researcher. You can search by area of interest, college, department or name. Looking for a project? The office conducts Getting Started Workshops nearly every week during the semester. For a more one-on-one approach, you can talk with a Magellan Ambassador. These students are peer leaders who have successfully completed undergraduate research projects and are enthusiastic about sharing their experiences to help you find your own research success.  

Experiments can be expensive, but your project funding can also be covered through undergraduate research Magellan scholarships, apprenticeships, mini-grants and other sources. You can even apply for a Magellan Voyager travel award that provides the funding for you share your research through presentations at regional, national or international meetings.

CIEL offers some recommendations based on your major and can help you learn to reflect on your experiences, then document, apply and share what you've learned with others. If you choose to pursue it, your research experiences can also lead to recognition through Graduation with Leadership Distinction in Research.  

My passions in research, art and the education of young children have fueled my decision to pursue Graduation with Leadership Distinction in Research. I believe that the pathway of research demonstrates my dedication to solving problems within education and personal educational growth outside of college academia.

Tori Graves, Early Childhood Education

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.