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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, June 15, 2023

Two new videos highlight USC research

Last week saw the release of two new videos online that highlight USC research. First, the latest episode of USC’s popular video series Inside Carolina featured a spot on a unique drama group led by faculty members Dirk den Ouden in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Peter Duffy in the Department of Theatre and Dance. The group helps aphasia patients recovering from stroke work on their communication skills by producing and acting in a play. Check out the video on USC’s Aphasic Drama Group.

The second video, produced by USC’s research partner Prisma Health, features South Carolina health research leaders, including USC School of Medicine Columbia Dean Dr. Les Hall and School of Medicine Greenville Dean Dr. Marjorie Jenkins. In this video, Prisma Health Chief Academic Executive Officer Dr. Desmond Kelly and a panel of physician and academic leaders explain the role of research at Prisma Health. The panel speaks in detail on the infrastructure of the program, its activities and the goal to improve the state of health for South Carolina. Watch Prisma Health – Research in a Health Care Setting now.


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.


SMART summer mentorship funding program applications due tomorrow

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 tomorrow, Friday, June 16, 2023. Read more and access the web-based application on the Office of the Vice President for Research website.


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.


May 2023 new grant awards report now available

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to share the May 2023 monthly new awards report listing new grant awards received by faculty throughout the University of South Carolina System. Get the report.


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.


15 June 2023

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