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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, May 25, 2023

SMART summer mentorship funding program applications due June 16

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, USC 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 2023 are due by noon on Friday, June 16, 2023. Read more and access the web-based application on the SMART Program page.


Propel Research Mentorship Program now accepting applications

The Propel Research Mentorship Program offers in-depth workshops, mentoring and other support throughout the academic year to give new and early-career faculty members an edge as they develop and finalize a grant proposal for submission to the NIH or NSF at the end of the program term. Participants in the program have reported feeling significantly more ready to prepare and submit federal grant proposals, making great connections with their assigned mentors and fellow mentees, and receiving useful feedback and suggestions that helped them sharpen their research plans and proposal writing. Propel applications for the 2022-2023 academic year are due by Friday, August 4. Complete application details are available on the Office of the Vice President for Research website.


Phase III of the Hyperion HPC cluster ready for use by USC researchers

Phase III of the Hyperion HPC cluster is now in production, and ready to serve the computational needs of USC researchers, faculty, and students. Research faculty can become Hyperion cluster contributors to gain priority scheduling on their owned nodes for the lifetime of the equipment. Visit the ServiceNow page to learn more about the details of the new upgrade. To purchase Hyperion Phase III nodes, please enter a request on the ServiceNow page.


Apply for assistance with a digital humanities or computational research project

The Humanities Collaborative at USC will sponsor a working group committed to the digital humanities that could provide technical support for your project in the coming academic year. The working group aims to support USC Columbia faculty and graduate students with curiosity, interests, plans or projects related to computational work in the social sciences and humanities. If you have a digital humanities project or even an idea that needs technical support during the next academic year, please complete this brief survey to let the the Humanities Collaborative know. Contact Kate Boyd ( with any questions regarding the group.


Take the Better-Internet Survey to help improve internet access across South Carolina

We are proud to partner with GetConnectedSC to help bring reliable, high-speed internet to all South Carolinians. The Better-Internet Survey is designed to pinpoint internet access availability, barriers to use and other concerns around internet use, down to a specific household level. The five-minute survey will help direct where and when improvements are made, ensuring that we can provide quality internet to all communities in the state. A Spanish version of the survey is also available here. Your participation is greatly appreciated and will help us create a more connected and equitable South Carolina.


25 May 2023

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