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Weekly Research Update: Thursday, April 4, 2024

Discover USC 2024 is just around the corner

Organizers are excited to welcome the research community to Discover USC 2024 on Friday, April 19, 2024. This event is free and open to the public, and we hope to see you there. To make transportation as easy as possible, shuttles will run between the USC Horseshoe (on Sumter Street) and the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center from 8:30 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. Ready to plan your day at Discover USC? Use the Find a Presenter tool to look up presentations of interest, and export them to a spreadsheet so you can save the details. Keep your eyes on the Weekly Research Update for more details and the official Discover USC app, coming next week.


New open access agreement lets USC Columbia authors publish in Springer Nature journals at no cost

An agreement between the Carolina Consortium and Springer Nature gives USC Columbia corresponding authors the opportunity to publish articles in eligible Springer Nature journals free of charge. It’s one of a growing number of open access agreements made available by University Libraries. Open access publication is not only more affordable, it also allows scholars to make their work more discoverable and accessible to the global community. With more than 3,000 journals across a wide range of disciplines, Springer Nature is a leading publisher of academic research. Read more about this resource here


Need help with your data?

The University Libraries’ Research Data Analysis and Statistics Support Service is free and here to help you with: exploratory data analysis, statistical tests, SAS, SPSS, and NVivo. In-person and virtual appointments are available. Walk-ins are also welcome, although an appointment guarantees someone will be available to help you. To learn more and schedule an appointment, visit our service webpage


Faculty mentors: Remember to have undergraduate students register their research

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) wants to know about research involving undergraduate students across the USC system. It is easy for undergraduate students to report their research each semester through the OUR Research Registry. Registering undergraduate research projects helps the OUR recognize undergraduate researchers and their mentors, and helps the office demonstrate the significant role and value that research opportunities deliver for undergraduate students when they apply their learning beyond the classroom. Complete details about what research to report, when to report it and how are available on the webpage linked above. 


Research trainings 

The Office of the Vice President for Research is excited to offer a growing slate of training for USC faculty, staff and students, focusing on topics related to research and research administration. Each week, we will share our current offerings here, and provide complete information through our website. Please sign up at least 24 hours in advance of the session to ensure a spot.

Current Offerings (April 2024):
  • REDCap Survey Development Training Session 
    • April 11, 2024, 2:00-3:30 p.m. via Microsoft Teams (Online)
    • Register here
  • Federal Portal Series: NSF Training Session 
    • April 16, 2024, 2:00-3:30 p.m. via Microsoft Teams (Online)
    • Register here
  • Federal Portal Series: NIH ASSIST Training Session
    • April 18, 2024, 2:00-3:30 p.m. via Microsoft Teams (Online)
    • Register here



4 April 2024

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