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College of Information and Communications

Faculty and Staff

Laura Elaine Thorp

Title: Graduate Student Services Manager
Department: School of Information Science
College of Information and Communications
Phone: 803-777-0270
Office Hours: School of Information Science
Davis College, Room 102
1501 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208
Laura Thorp


B.A., English and Philosophy, South Carolina Honors College, University of South Carolina
M.F.A., Poetry, North Carolina State University

Current Position

Laura Thorp manages the daily operations of the student services office for the School of Information Science graduate programs. This includes advising, coordinating graduate assistantships/scholarships, communicating with/updating current students on all program information, issues, updates, important notifications, etc., assessment for SACS, ALISE, and ALA reporting, and daily troubleshooting/problem solving.


Thorp was the student services coordinator for the graduate programs in the English Department for the past 4.5 years. She's worked in a variety of other positions in higher education, including tutoring centers/student success centers, academic support for student athletes and as an adjunct instructor at USC and Columbia College.


Student Member - CAS Diversity Committee
Co-chair - CAS Subcommittee on Campus Climate and Inclusion
Founder and Staff Advisor - Association of First Generation Graduate Students
Co-founder - Carolina English Colloquium
Member - Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
Member - Modern Languages Association
Member - American Literature Association
Member - Northeast Modern Languages Association


Tharp is currently working on her Ph.D. in American Literature. In her free time, she loves to read, travel, watch horror movies and hang out with her cats — Roscoe and Fergus.

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