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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, June 24, 2021

UofSC ranks among the world’s top 100 universities granted U.S. patents in 2020

The University of South Carolina has ranked among the top 100 worldwide universities granted U.S. utility patents since 2012, according to an annual list published by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association. In the recently published 2020 listing, UofSC ranks in the 63rd position with 45 patents granted in 2020. This places Carolina above Ivy League Dartmouth University and many other prestigious American and international institutions, including Carnegie-Mellon and several Southeastern Conference universities.


Undergraduate researchers: Join us for summer research programs

The Office of the Vice President for Research encourages undergraduate students conducting research on any UofSC campus this summer to get involved in our summer workshops and the Summer Research Symposium. Virtual workshops in the series Research: Next Steps to Success are offered on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. through July 21. The next workshop, on crafting effective resumes and cover letters, is coming up on Wednesday, June 30. On Thursday, July 29, undergraduate students conducting research on any UofSC campus have the opportunity to present their work at the 2021 Virtual Summer Research Symposium. Registration for the symposium is open until Wednesday, July 14.


House committee approves alternative proposal for NSF funding, competitiveness

The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology approved the bipartisan National Science Foundation for the Future Act (H.R. 2225) by voice vote on June 15. The legislation is an alternative proposal to the Endless Frontier Act, which was passed by the full Senate as part of the United States Innovation and Competition Act of 2021 on June 8. Read more about these recent steps from the Association of American Medical Colleges and Science magazine, and view the full committee markup on the House Science Committee website.


New editorial argues COVID has shown the power of science-industry collaboration

The pandemic has created a new kind of household name: AstraZeneca, BioNTech, Moderna and Pfizer are now as familiar as soap brands. But, as discussed in a new editorial, their life-saving vaccines would not have become a reality without remarkable and rapid collaboration with researchers at universities. Read the editorial and check out more on this subject from


24 June 2021

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