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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, January 20, 2022

ASPIRE II and III virtual Q&A session coming up this Friday at 1:00 p.m.

The final ASPIRE Q&A session for 2022 is coming up this Friday, January 21, at 1:00 p.m. The session will be held regardless of any potential campus closures for inclement weather, so please plan to join the MS Teams meeting rain or shine. The link to the session is available on the ASPIRE program page, along with complete 2022 application materials. ASPIRE I proposals are due today, Thursday, January 20, and ASPIRE II and III proposals are due on Thursday, February 24.


Register today: National Endowment for the Humanities funding opportunities workshop

Please join Hannah Alpert-Abrams of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) on Friday, February 4, at 11:00 a.m. via Zoom to learn about NEH’s Digital Humanities funding opportunities. The NEH offers a wide variety of funding opportunities for digital scholarship, from the digitization of archival collections to the development of DH infrastructure, methods and curricula, and investigations into the impact of digital technologies on culture and society. This event will help potential applicants navigate these funding opportunities and provide insight into the agency’s peer review process. Registration is open to all, and we highly encourage those that are looking to support existing projects or are in the beginning stages of planning a project to attend. Contact Kate Boyd at to access the zoom url or click the registration link above. Thanks to the Humanities Collaborative and University Libraries for sponsoring this event.


Get involved: UofSC Libraries Love Data Week 2022

University Libraries is pleased to celebrate Love Data Week 2022 by providing access to data-related programming during the week of February 14 – 18 (and beyond). Learn about research data, Data Planet (a new data tool offered by University Libraries), ICPSR, Tableau and more. Event descriptions and registration are available at the UofSC Love Data Week 2022 website. Please contact Stacy Winchester, Research Data Librarian, at with any questions.


Magellan Scholar program seeks proposals

The Magellan Scholar undergraduate research award is open to undergraduates, all campuses, and all disciplines. Magellan Scholars receive up to $3,000 to help fund a faculty-mentored research project, competing for this award with the submission of a research, scholarship or creative project proposal. Students are required to review the application video series prior to preparing the project description. For more information and to register for access to the video series, please see the Magellan Scholar webpage. Please encourage your students to apply for Magellan Scholar by the submission deadline (through USCeRA) at 5:00 p.m., on Wednesday, February 16.


2022 SPARC Graduate Research Grants fund research, scholarly and creative projects

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to award 52 2021-2022 SPARC Graduate Research Grants to support graduate student researchers across eight University of South Carolina academic units. These SPARC recipients will use their funding to engage in research, scholarly and creative projects over a 15-month period beginning this May. Through SPARC, or Support to Promote Advancement of Research and Creativity, graduate students compete for internal funding of up to $5,000 to support their meritorious research, creative and scholarly projects. This process offers the possibility of funding along with valuable experience in the process of applying for sponsored awards. Read more about the 2022 SPARC recipients.


20 January 2022

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