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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, May 27, 2021

Virtual summer workshop series to provide professional development for undergraduate student researchers

Beginning Wednesday, June 9, the Office of the Vice President for Research will host a series of virtual professional development workshops for undergraduate students conducting research on UofSC campuses over the summer. We invite all interested student researchers to participate in these virtual workshops on Wednesday afternoons, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m., via MS Teams. Workshop topics and additional details are available on the Office of the Vice President for Research website.


Reminder: SMART summer mentorship funding program applications due June 9

The Office of the Vice President for Research encourages faculty members who plan to mentor under-represented minority students this summer to apply for SMART funding. Through this program, UofSC faculty (all campuses, all disciplines) who mentor under-represented minority students during the summer receive a supplement of $1,000 per student, for up to two students. SMART applications for summer 2021 are due by Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Read more and get the application on the Office of the Vice President for Research website.


New editorial in Nature calls for new actions to address systemic racism

An editorial on last week highlights the insufficiency of institutional pledges to address systemic racism as the nation marks the first anniversary of protests resulting from George Floyd’s murder. The piece calls for pledges to be followed by concrete action. Read more on


Senate weighs investing $120 billion in science to counter China

An expansive bill that would pour $120 billion into jump-starting scientific innovation by strengthening research into cutting-edge technologies is barreling through the Senate, amid a rising sense of urgency in Congress to bolster the United States’ ability to compete with China. Read more about the bill's progress in the New York Times and 


More changes in store for the Title IX system

Three political administrations have sought to hold colleges accountable for their handling of campus sexual assault under Title IX, the 1972 law that prohibits sex-based discrimination in education. Now, President Biden has ordered another federal review that promises to change the rules yet again. Biden’s Education Department will hold a five-day public hearing about Title IX in June. Learn more in the Chronicle of Higher Education.


27 May 2021

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