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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, September 14, 2023

USC welcomes Leo Bonilha to Lead New Rural Brain Health Initiative

Dr. Leo Bonilha returns to Columbia to lead the Rural Brain Health Network as Clinical Director. As a distinguished neurologist, researcher, and long-time Gamecock Dr. Bonilha is excited to join the Rural Brain Health team as they set off to serve South Carolina residents through this innovative program. Read more about Dr. Bonilha’s journey back to USC here.


The FY 2024 NIH Loan Repayment Program Cycle is Here

Applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP) awards are now open. LRPs can repay up to $100,000 of qualified educational debt for those who are eligible and agree to perform NIH mission-relevant research. The deadline to submit an application is Thursday, November 16, 2023. Check out the NIH website for complete program information.


Become a Reviewer for Internal Funding and Awards Programs

The Office of the Vice President for Research offers a comprehensive slate of internal funding and award programs for faculty, students and postdoctoral scholars. These annual programs provide recognition of outstanding work and unique opportunities for researchers at every level to take on scholarly projects that might be hard to fund through other methods. To keep these programs strong and successful, the Office of the Vice President for Research looks to faculty members throughout the USC System to serve as reviewers on the committees that guide selection of award and/or funding recipients. Interested faculty members are encouraged to sign up to serve on a review committee.


University Libraries Data Visualization Resources and Support

Learning sessions covering general principles of data visualization as well as specific data viz tools (Excel, Tableau, and R) will be offered through the Digital Research Services at the University Libraries this fall. Register here to join. The DataLab, located in the Thomas Cooper Library, makes three high-powered workstations available for data visualization and data analysis work. A full description of the space and available resources can be found here. View the DataLab’s information guide for more information about data visualization services.


Internal Funding for Undergraduates, Faculty, and Graduate Students

  • Excel provides up to $18,000 in funding to faculty in liberal arts, humanities, and social sciences. Applications are due Tuesday, October 24, 2023.
  • The Magellan Scholars Program offers undergraduates up to $2,500 for faculty-mentored research. Applications are due by Wednesday, October 11, at 5:00 p.m.
  • SPARC applications are due Tuesday, November 14, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. for graduate students seeking grants for their research. Visit the SPARC program page for information about the application process.


14 September 2023

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