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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, May 19, 2022

Take a look: Photos from the Office of the Vice President for Research spring award events are now live

Each spring, the Office of the Vice President for Research carries out the very pleasant duty of honoring some of the university’s excellent researchers and research support staff with several annual awards. We are excited to share highlights from our spring 2022 awards events honoring Breakthrough Awardees, Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Awardees and recipients of several research service awards. Check it out.


Don’t forget: SMART summer mentorship funding program applications are due June 3

The Office of the Vice President for Research encourages faculty members who plan to mentor under-represented minority students conducting research projects 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. This support can be used toward summer salary for the mentor (faculty member, postdoctoral fellow or graduate student), research costs and/or salary for the under-represented minority undergraduate student. SMART applications for summer 2022 are due by Friday, June 3, 2022. Read more and get the application on the Office of the Vice President for Research website.


Science magazine reports on surprising NSF grantmaking trends

Federal research agencies strive to fund a healthy percentage of the grant applications they receive, ensuring that scientists can pursue their best ideas. A steadily rising budget is their preferred method for maintaining a robust success rate. But a fall in applications can have the same effect. A new report from the National Science Foundation (NSF) on its merit review system documents how falling demand has boosted success rates at the $8.5 billion research agency. Read more on


19 May 2022

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