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Nitin Ravikanthachari receives an American Society of Naturalists Student Research Award

Funding will support research on plant-insect interactions, genomics, and maladaptation.

Congratulations to our new ASPIRE Award winners

The ASPIRE program gives UofSC faculty the opportunity to compete for funding to start a promising new research avenue, build up a collaborative, interdisciplinary research project and/or invest in research infrastructure.

Our undergraduate students won multiple awards at Discover UofSC!

Congrats to all 2022 undergraduate awardees.

The Poulain lab published a new study in Frontiers in Neuroscience

Discover how cell adhesion molecules wire brain circuits

Dr. Jeff Twiss featured in UofSC Today

Jeff was recognized by the SEC for the impact he has had across research, teaching and mentorship at UofSC.

Congratulations to our new Magellan scholars!

The Magellan Scholar program was created by the UofSC to enrich the academic experience of our undergraduates through research opportunities in all disciplines.

The Smith lab published a new study in Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience

Discover how mitochondria travel in mature axons

Dr. Jay Pinckney awarded the 2022 Carolina Trustee Professorship Award

This award recognizes faculty members for their commitment to teaching excellence

Dr. Nathan Senner featured in the State

Learn more about horseshoe crabs and their (over)exploitation for detecting toxins

Dr. Andy Schumpert receives the Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award

This award recognizes innovative faculty committed to quality instruction.

Drs. Carol Boggs and Jason Stewart receive a Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

Awardees have an outstanding record in guiding undergraduate students through the research process.

Dr. Tammi Richardson receives the Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor of Year award

The Mungo award is the highest recognition given by UofSC to outstanding teachers

Kirsten Fisher and Amanda Manea awarded a Goldwater Scholarship

The scholarship recognizes sophomores and juniors for their exceptional work and commitment to research careers.

Dr. Jeff Twiss named winner of the 2022 SEC Faculty Achievement Award for UofSC

The SEC Achievement Award recognizes a full professor with outstanding records in both teaching and research

The Lizarraga lab featured in Spectrum News

Discover how to boost neurons lacking ASH1L, an autism-linked protein

Nayan Mallick and Levi McKercher awarded a Vernberg Fellowship

Funding will support research at the Baruch Institute

The W. Gordon Belser Harboretum featured in the State

Discover this hidden gem in Columbia

Dr. Deanna Smith awarded another R21 grant from the NIH

Funding will support studies on the role of Lis1 in the adult nervous system.

Jenny Linscott and her collaborators published a new article in Movement Ecology

Discover how migratory birds adjust to wind conditions

Dr. Sofia Lizarraga awarded an R01 grant from the NIH

Funding will support studies on the role of counteracting epigenetic mechanisms in the development of neuronal circuits

The Lizarraga lab published a new study in Molecular Psychiatry

Discover how mutations in Ash1l, a major genetic risk factor for autism, affects brain development

Dr. Rekha Patel awarded a grant from the Collaborative Center for X-Linked Dystonia-Parkinsonism

Funding will support research on the role of PKR activation in the neurodegeneration observed in X-Linked Dystonia-Parkinsonism.

The Patel and Dudycha labs published a new study in Scientific Reports

Learn more about oxidative stress and lifespan in Daphnia

The Ely lab published a new study in Current Microbiology

Discover S2B, a newly isolated podovirus.

The Fu lab published a new Spotlight article in Molecular Plant

Discover how some pathogens degrade the plant cell wall to facilitate infection.


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