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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, October 19, 2023

Propel mentorship makes grant writing tools accessible to early career faculty across the USC system

Propel gives early career faculty the tools they need to succeed in federal grant writing processes. Now in its third year, the program boasts a cohort of 64 mentees and 23 mentors, from 35 disciplines across the USC system. From offering mock review panels to workshops, small mentorship groups and opportunities for building connections across the research community at South Carolina, Propel works to prepare faculty to bring in high quality grants. To read more about Propel’s impact, click here—for program information, read the program page.


Library workshops for early career researchers and graduate students

  • Open Access at the University of South Carolina – Webinar, Tuesday, October 24, at 11:00 a.m. with Amie Freeman and Mark Uline. This webinar will cover Open Access at USC and discuss survey findings and implications for OA initiatives at USC. Click here to register.
  • The Business of Academic Publishing – Webinar, Tuesday, October 24, at 1:15 p.m. with Michael McGandy (Director of the University of South Carolina Press). Develop your understanding of critical and professional life inside or outside the academy; learn about business practices and innovation at university presses. Click the link to register
  • How to Do Research and Get Published – Webinar, Wednesday, October 25, at 1:00 p.m. with Sean Scarisbrick and Jessica Offenberger, Sage Publications. Learn about Open Access, discerning if a journal is legitimate, and discuss how/when others can use your work. Click here to register. 


Internal funding for 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.
  • 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.  
  • The RISE program is open to faculty working at USC Aiken, Beaufort, Upstate, and Palmetto College campuses. Applications for RISE are due Wednesday, December 20, 2023. Candidates can attend designated informational sessions online for Senior campuses (Friday, October 27 at noon) and for Palmetto campuses (Friday, November 3 at noon). Please reach out to Julie Morris at with questions. 


19 October 2023


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