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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, July 29, 2021

Join us this afternoon for the 2021 Virtual Summer Research Symposium

The Office of the Vice President for Research invites all Weekly Research Update readers to join us this afternoon, Thursday, July 29, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., for the 2021 Virtual Summer Research Symposium featuring research and scholarly projects by undergraduate students who have worked with mentors at UofSC over the summer. The event will feature 58 posters by 71 undergraduate presenters from 34 institutions. Posters will go live for browsing at 10:00 a.m., and presenters will be available to interact live via MS Teams beginning at 1:30 p.m. Please join us at to learn about presenters’ out-of-the-classroom research experiences this summer.


Proposed increase to National Institutes of Health budget has upsides and potential downsides

A proposal to boost NIH funding by some $9 billion in 2022 has won praise from researchers and science-policy analysts. But some observers worry that the windfall, which would raise the NIH budget by more than 20 percent, could lead to increased competition and career uncertainty among Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers, a potential echo of past cycles of boom and bust. A new article on explains why.


U.S. departments of state and education call for renewed commitment to international education

Officials from the Department of State and Department of Education called for a “renewed U.S. commitment” to American higher education and its global connections in a joint statement this week. According to the statement, international academic ties through the exchange of students and collaborative teaching and research, are crucial for American security, prosperity and innovation. The federal government has a part to play in strengthening and promoting international education, including the internationalization of American classrooms and campuses, they said. View the full statement and read more in the Chronicle of Higher Education.


29 July 2021

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