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UofSC Graduate School Announces 2019-2020 Presidential Fellows

The Graduate School is pleased to announce the University of South Carolina's 2019-2020 Presidential Fellows. The Presidential Fellowship is USC’s most prestigious university-wide award for promise of excellence at the graduate level. Presidential Fellows are exemplary scholars and leaders on campus. Unique among peer institutions for its reach across disciplines and focus on professional development, the Presidential Fellowship awards supplemental stipends totaling up to $32,000 for doctoral students (awarded over 4 years) and $20,000 for MFA students (awarded over 5 semesters). This award is in addition to fellowships and assistantships students receive from their academic programs.

The 2019-2020 Presidential Fellows will study in nine different academic programs from three colleges.  Following is a listing of the incoming cohort of Presidential Fellows.

Olajide Bamidele 
 PhD Student
Chemical Engineering

Alexander Barth
PhD Student
Biological Sciences

Elizabeth Bodalski
PhD Student
Clinical-Community Psychology

Ian Campbell
PhD Student

Rajat Das Gupta
PhD Student

Brandon Farris
PhD Student

Christopher Howell
PhD Student
Political Science

Jody Lanza-Gregory
PhD Student
School Psychology

Alexandra Mayer
MFA Student
Creative Writing

Nina Schreiner
PhD Student

For more information about the Presidential Fellows program, contact Dr. Heather Brandt, Associate Dean in the Graduate School and director of the Presidential Fellows program, at

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