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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, June 8, 2023

New affiliation with the Atlanta Research Data Center offers USC researchers a wealth of demographic data

USC is now an affiliate member of the Atlanta Research Data Center, which is a partnership between the U.S. Census Bureau and a consortium of universities. Membership to the center provides USC faculty and students with access to restricted U.S. Census data. Among other benefits, this membership allows USC affiliates access to fine resolution data, otherwise unavailable complete datasets and additional variables, and longitudinal data to track individuals over time (e.g., to examine how policies at birth affect adult outcomes). Read more and request data access.


Join the USC Center for Rural and Primary Healthcare for the Introduction to Medical and Administrative Claims Data Summer Camp

The SC Center for Rural and Primary Healthcare will host a Medical and Administrative Claims Data Summer Camp July 10-14. This program offers an introduction to South Carolina's medical and administrative claims datasets, along with SAS programs to clean up data. Applicants should have basic statistical knowledge and software experience. Registration closes on Friday, June 30; only 10 seats are available. Learn more and apply now for this free program.


Research Administrators: Register now for the 2023-2024 GRANT Certificate Program

Registration is now open for the 2023-2024 GRANT Certificate Program, with a few spaces left. The Gamecock Research Administrators Network Training (GRANT) Certificate Program prepares research administrators to work with faculty in their departments to manage the administrative functions related to grants and sponsored awards. GRANT guides research staff through the ins and outs of grant administration, from pre- to post-award functions, with instruction from administrators from the USC offices of Sponsored Awards Management, Grants and Funds Management and more. Register today for one of the remaining slots for the 2023-2024 GRANT class, starting this fall.


Research Mentors: OUR offers summer support for you and your undergraduate research mentees

  • Professional Development Workshops for Undergraduate Researchers: On Wednesdays throughout the month of June, the Office of Undergraduate Research will host a series of professional development workshops for undergraduate student researchers called Research: Next Steps. We invite all interested undergraduate student researchers from all disciplines to participate in these workshops (no registration required).
  • SMART Applications due Friday, June 16, at noon: The Office of Undergraduate Research is now accepting SMART Program applications from faculty mentoring underrepresented minority undergraduate students this summer. Through SMART, 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.


SC INBRE bioinformatics workshops begin next week

SC INBRE Bioinformatics Core Director Homay Valafar will host a series of four free summer workshops beginning the week of June 12. Topics include: Beginning Linux and Cloud Computing for Bioinformaticists (week of June 12), Bioinformatics Analysis in R (week of June 19), Bioinformatics Analysis in Python (week of June 26) and Data Analytics and ML in Python (week of July 10). Participants can choose to attend in-person or online. Each course has been designed for investigators with little to no previous knowledge on the course subject. Participants only need a functional computer to attend. Learn more and register on the SC INBRE website.


8 June 2023

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