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2024 RISE Grants provide support for faculty summer research projects at USC system campuses

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce 29 recipients of the 2024 Research Initiative for Summer Engagement (RISE) program grant awards. These outstanding faculty researchers from USC’s system campuses will receive RISE funding to support their summer research projects.

The RISE Program is an internal grant program through which faculty members at USC’s system campuses have the opportunity to compete for funding to support research and scholarly projects conducted during the summer months. Funds are offered through the Office of the Vice President for Research, with generous support from the chancellors at the four-year system campuses: USC Aiken, USC Beaufort and USC Upstate.  

Congratulations to the 2024 class of RISE grant recipients.


2024 Palmetto College Campus RISE Recipients

Recipient Name Project Title College
Aghasafari, Sahar ChemArtistry: Integrating Media Arts into the Study of Fundamental Chemistry Lancaster
Bellanca, Mary Ellen Manuscript Documents on Dorothy Wordsworth's "Recollections of a Tour Made in Scotland" Sumter
Burns, Francis Marion Student Retention and Success in the USC Salkehatchie Rural Nursing Initiative  Salkehatchie
Gerald, Amy The Black Grimkés in Charleston: Building Public Memory from the Trauma of Slavery Lancaster
Judge, Christopher Searching for Additional Evidence of 16th Century Spanish Artifacts from Excavation’s at the Mulberry Site, Kershaw County, South Carolina. Lancaster
Kunka, Andrew James So You Think You Know Ambush Bug: Testing the Limits of Superheroes Sumter


2024 Comprehensive Institution RISE Recipients

Recipient Name Project Title College
D'Antonio, Edward
  • Co-PI: Montie, Eric
Mapping Spawning Aggregations of Sciaenid Species in the May River Estuary Using Passive Acoustics, Molecular Taxonomy, and Quantitative PCR Beaufort
Davis, Daniel Jonathan How Social Media Changes Institutions: Exploring the Issue of Water Equity Amidst the 2022 Jackson Mississippi Water Crisis Upstate
Davis, Kara L Impact of a Medical-Legal Partnership on Patient Healthcare Utilization and Costs Upstate
Egbue, Ona Charging Forward: Analysis of Opportunities and Challenges Facing Smart Charging Infrastructure for Plug-in Electric Vehicles Upstate
Haratine, Timothy Parker Anselm of Canterbury on Sin and Evil: A Philosophical Analysis Aiken
Hernandez-Laroche, Araceli Theorizing the Public Humanities (Special Topic Issue for the PMLA) Upstate
Lahar, Cindy J. USCB Global Learning Experience Project: Video capture in Cambodia Beaufort
McCormick, Robert B. The United States and the Wartime Career and Escape of Andrija Artukovic Upstate
McCraw, Benjamin William Collective Faith: The Social Epistemology of Religious Commitments Upstate
Miller, Matthew L. Belonging is Far from Home: Claude McKay’s Romance in Marseille Aiken
Miller, Neil Eugene Ionospheric Disturbances due to the Sunspot Cycle and Earthquakes Aiken
Mills, Mary K. Preparing the manuscript: Egg development in Stomoxys calcitrans and Culicoides sonorensis Aiken
Odhiambo, Calvin Social Epidemiology of Racial Disparities in Adverse Maternal Outcomes in the United States: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Upstate
Pazda, Adam Examining the dehumanization of people with schizophrenia Aiken
Placek, Matthew Examining the Effectiveness of the Dictator’s Digital Toolkit: Digital Media Use, Misinformation, and Censorship’s Impact on Regime Support in Autocracies Upstate
Saracino, Patrick George Low Energy Availability Prevalence, Dietary Habits, and Sleep Quality in Female ROTC Cadets Upstate
Shehi Herr, Monika Making a Baby in South Carolina - A Book Exploring the Causes of Maternal and Infant Mortality Rates in Upstate, South Carolina Upstate
Skees, Murray W Data: A Ubiquitous Knowledge-Commodity Beaufort
Smith, Olivia Katherine Belief in misinformation: The impact of correction type and timing of correction Aiken
Stolz, Nolan Composing "Desert 66" from the Route 66 Suite for Orchestra Upstate
Swain, Laura Differentiating the role of acetaminophen on cognitive and affective pain empathy Aiken
Wade, Julie Growth Opportunities, Job Alternatives and the IT Professional: Impacts on Effort and Deviance Upstate
Zhong, Wei Using Multi-level Generative Pretrained Transformer (MLGPT) to Generate Diverse and Creative Malware Variants Upstate


29 February 2024

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