The Graduate School is pleased to announce that eight students have been chosen as 2019-2020 Graduate Civic Scholars. Coming from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines, Scholars include master’s and doctoral students. The Graduate Civic Scholars Program, an innovative professional development opportunity, provides graduate students interested in community and public engagement, action-based research, and social justice with an enhanced understanding of the role of scholarship in these endeavors. The GCSP started in 2015 and is organized by the Graduate School in cooperation with the Career Center, Office of the Vice President for Research, Office of Student Engagement, Graduate Student Association, and Center for Teaching Excellence. Professors Lucy Ingram (Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior) and Allison Marsh (History) serve as Faculty Directors.
The Graduate Civic Scholars for 2019-2020 are:
• Samuel Bethel, College of Social Work (Ph.D. student)
• Margaret Carson, Environmental Health Sciences (Ph.D. student)
• Archie Crowley, Linguistics (Ph.D. student)
• Lynsey M. Keator, Communication Sciences and Disorders (Ph.D. student)
• Morgan Lundy, English and Library Information Science (MA and MLIS student)
• Susan Doherty Osteen, English (MFA student)
• Nicholas James Sokol, Geography (Ph.D. student)
• Nick Vera, Library and Information Science (Ph.D. student)
The Scholars represent four UofSC colleges: Arts and Sciences; Social Work; Information and Communications, and Public Health.
The Graduate Civic Scholars Program emphasizes the importance of collaboration between university and community partners and cohort-based professional development. Scholars in this interdisciplinary program will present their findings at Discover USC in April 2020 and receive a transcript notation upon completion of the program.