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Combining public health and medicine to end Black maternal disparities

The public health curriculum enabled Taylor Williams to discover her passion for addressing Black maternal mortality, including how policy change and community-wide interventions can improve health outcomes for these women and their children.

Breaking barriers: Kaleb Phelps pioneers research on autism diagnosis experiences in the Black community

Phelps is set to begin conducting research on the experiences of Black families pursuing ASD diagnoses with funding from a 2023 Autism Science Foundation fellowship.

Class of 2023: Graduates look back on lessons learned at USC

Abbey Druckenmiller. Charlotte Pollack. Stephen Girard Fredenberg. Robbie Pokora. Meet just a few of the extraordinary Honors graduates that will leave USC this spring and make their marks on the world.

Public health program inspires prevention focus for future physician

With interests in maternal and child health/mortality, particularly the disparities faced by rural communities in the U.S. and in S.C., Anjali Borsum will focus on prevention during her Doctor of Medicine program at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Undergraduates earn prestigious research opportunities in Germany

Honors students Dylan Johnson, Amber Pospistle and Alexis Soucy have earned summer research experiences at top German universities as DAAD RISE interns.

Exploring the ties that bind

Breakthrough Leader and SCHC Pearce Faculty Fellow Ralf Gothe studies interactions between particles essential to quantum field theory.

Sullivan Award winner excelled despite pandemic limitations

Honors College senior Charlotte Ann Pollack did not let the pandemic stop her from excelling even when the worldwide shutdown significantly altered her plans. The Fort Mill, South Carolina, native is one of two winners of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award — the university’s highest student honor.

Sullivan Award winner leaves legacy of giving back

Honors College senior Robert William Pokora III drew on his family’s experience with organ transplant to restart an organization at the University of South Carolina that advocates for people to sign up to be donors. The Greer, South Carolina, native is one of two winners of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award — the university’s highest student honor.

Six Garnet Apple Awardees Enhance Student Learning at USC

Three Honors faculty have been awarded the 2023 Garnet Apple Award for Teaching Innovation: April Hiscox, Kristen Hogan and James Risk. The Garnet Apple honors USC's exceptional faculty who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to best teaching practices and an ongoing record of developing innovative strategies to enhance student learning in their courses.

Brooks Hearn: Rooted in research

Brooks Hearn, a senior public relations manager at Chernoff Newman and SCHC alumni, reflects on her time at USC and how it shaped her future career.

Alumna’s journey from student government to Supreme Court

Starting in the summer of 2024, the Honors alum Erin Brown will serve as a law clerk for the Supreme Court. In that role, she will work on hundreds of petitions, hearings and decisions handled by the highest court in the country.

USC Honors students earn Goldwater scholarships

Undergraduate researchers thrive at the University of South Carolina. If you need proof, look no further than the Goldwater Scholarship, a national award recognizing the exceptional work and dedication of STEM undergraduates towards their research careers.

Student Body President Emmie Thompson aims to tackle 'realistic' goals, represent all students in new role

Emmie Thompson, USC's new student body president, wants to tackle manageable goals during her time in office. According to Thompson, her involvement in Student Government has been a way for her to give back to the USC community.

USC Honors College student balances college life, national modeling career

Since coming to USC, second-year fashion merchandising and retailing student Augusta Roach has had to find balance between her college life and modeling career. While it has not always been easy, Roach said her unique experiences in both environments have helped her grow as a person and find her passions.

USC Honors College students win top Pay it Forward prize

Thrisha Mote, Anusha Ghosh, Jiya Desai and Aastha Arora earned the top prize in the Pay it Forward competition sponsored by South Carolina's electric cooperatives. The competition aims to find solutions to pressing social and economic problems in the state's rural areas.

Former student body presidents: Where are they now?

Honors alumni and former student body presidents Brian Comer, ’99 and Taylor Wright, ’18 share what they’re up to these days.

Meet the Black alumnae whose contributions are commemorated on the Horseshoe

As a tribute to the Black alumnae featured in the student-produced documentary The Backbone, USC’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion installed 18 personalized bricks on the Horseshoe. The honorees' stories span seven decades of university history.

Building a better world

Tamera Sullivan, a 2019 USC and Fulbright alumna, will now pursue a career as a foreign service officer with the Pickering Fellowship.

From side hustle to startup: McNair Institute prepares future entrepreneurs for success

Brett Nilsen and Sean Powers came to the McNair Institute with a dream of starting their own company. They left the university with strong foundations for their shoe resale startup.

Alumna Jenni Williams lives out her childhood dream

Honors Alumna Jenni Williams discusses how her childhood dream of becoming a news reporter became a reality while attending USC and the South Carolina Honors College.

Dance and political science alumna gets creative to help marginalized youth

How do you combine a creative calling, a passion for politics and a determination to drive social change? Just ask Vivien Toumey. The Arts and Sciences alumna has turned her background in dance and political science into an impactful career in non-profit work, where she has crafted social media campaigns that have led to real policy changes.

Mt. Pleasant junior wins first place in annual state writing contest

Elliott Kate Cooper, a junior at Charleston County School of the Arts, has won the tenth annual South Carolina High School Writing Contest hosted by the South Carolina Honors College.

Four-year Honors ambassador passes along her love for USC

Honors senior Jacqueline Purtell reflects on her time as an SCHC ambassador and the opportunities it provided her as a student.

Some university staff work like dogs

Meet George and Louie, the South Carolina Honors College's very own therapy dogs, and see how they are helping bring positivity to Honors students.

Graduating engineering student looks ahead to career in coastal conservation

Maggie Kemp grew up a five-minute drive from windswept Assateague Island National Seashore on the Maryland coast, and that locale inspired her undergraduate research pursuits and plans for graduate school at USC.


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