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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, June 17, 2021

Undergraduate researchers: Register now for the 2021 Virtual Summer Research Symposium

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to invite undergraduate students working on summer research projects with UofSC faculty to participate in the 2021 Virtual Summer Research Symposium on Thursday, July 29, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The symposium is open to all undergraduate students working on research projects in any discipline, with faculty from any UofSC campus, during the summer of 2021. Students visiting from other colleges and universities are welcome to present. At this student-focused symposium, undergraduate researchers will showcase their research and share their findings via virtual poster presentations facilitated by video chat. Learn more and register today.


U.S. House and Senate advance NSF funding bills

  • The U.S. Congress recently took another step toward doubling the budget of the National Science Foundation (NSF) over five years, with the science committee of the House of Representatives unanimously approving legislation to reauthorize the agency’s programs. Read more about their plans in Science Magazine.
  • Scientists praise the budget boost slated for the National Science Foundation in the recently passed Senate bill entitled U.S. Competition and Innovation Act, but worry the legislation could dampen international collaborations. Read more on
  • Read more on both the House and Senate bills on


NIH removed more than 70 lab heads from grants after harassment complaints

Since early 2018, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has received more than 300 complaints of sexual and other harassment and removed 75 principal investigators) from grants as a result, the agency reported this week. That’s the eye-opening result of an update NIH provided on its efforts to address professional misconduct by agency-funded investigators. Read more in Science Magazine.


Without change, engineering equality may take decades

Despite a slight increase in the number of engineering degrees achieved by Black/African American and Latinx students over the past two decades, the two groups still lag severely when it comes to turning those into jobs in the field. According to a report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, at its current pace it would take 76 years to balance positions with those held by White and Asian workers. Read more in University Business.


17 June 2021

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