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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.

HRSM professor helps grow sport, entertainment management program

SCHC Pearce Faculty Fellow Andy Gillentine was recently named a 2022 Mungo teaching award winner for his impact on USC’s sport and entertainment management program.

Applied Mechanics

December graduate Sarah Anne Livingston didn’t just ace her engineering classes. She also engineered her future by racking up a whopping six internships with three different companies.

Disability in Action program educates USC on accessibility issues on campus

The South Carolina Honors College and CarolinaLIFE created Disability in Action (DIA) during the fall 2022 semester. DIA involves students from both organizations working towards spreading awareness of inaccessibility issues and ableism across USC's campus.

A Letter From the Dean

Dean Steven Lynn takes an in-depth look at the motto of the South Carolina Honors College and how it impacts students.

From the front lines

Explore alumni reflections from an internist/hospitalist, pharmacist, advanced practice registered nurse, and pediatric critical care physician – all of whom are teaching future generations of medical professionals.

'Teaching what history is'

Woody Holton, 2022 SCHC Professor of the Year, details why studying history is so important for American's today.

‘They broke down the barriers so I could be here’

The university’s second Black woman student body vice president, Hannah White, is sharing the influential stories from 21 of Carolina’s Black women leaders who broke down barriers in her award-winning documentary.

First-generation student finds love for journey to USC

Sarah Tra shares her story and experiences as a first-gen student and USC ambassador in the hope that other first-gen students will find their place at the Honors College and the University of South Carolina.

Family firsts - First-generation college students add energy, resilience to USC campus

First- Generation and Honors College student Chris Loftis discusses how attending the University of South Carolina was a necessary step for him reaching his goal of becoming a computer programmer.

Honors class gives deeper meaning to horror films

For author, professor and horror lover Julia Elliott, horror movies have much more to bring to the table than simple jump scares.

Going the extra mile

Honors College senior makes connections from Columbia to Cairo.

'More than research'

UofSC's most recent Rotary Scholar, Layne Scopano, tackles global healthcare inequality.

McNair Scholar discovers passion for government through the U.S. Digital Corps

Trey Gordner ('13) has started his own company, earned his master's in urban planning and now lives in Hawaii with his wife working for a fellowship that is the first of its kind.

Semester at the Coast program helps students find their passion

The South Carolina Honors College's partnership with Baruch Institute for Coastal and Marine Sciences has provided students interested in science, the environment or health with a one of a kind experience at a top research facility.

The Power of Water

Honors alumna Maria DeChellis '97 began working in utilities shortly after graduating from the University of South Carolina with her master's degree in 1999. At that time, she had no idea that career would lead to what would become her passion.

Finding a Voice Through Public Service

Growing up, Carolina Scholar Salomon Campos-Rice struggled to find his voice. Now, he's using it to help others advocate for themselves.

The Internship

Jackie Parnell reflects on the internship set his trajectory for the rest of his career.

German and political science major finds first-rate education by way of a second choice

Jahleel Johnson discovered opportunities in-state that allowed him to study around the world.

Students learn to find the human experience in business journalism

The Baldwin Business and Financial Journalism Initiative is changing the mold, encouraging students to embrace a form of business journalism that goes beyond the numbers. Just in its fourth year, this program has evolved quickly and led two journalism students, Connor Hart and Emma Dooling, to win multiple awards.

4th Udall Scholar named in 10 years at UofSC

Harrison Bench's passion for environmental advocacy led to him being awarded a Udall Undergraduate Scholarship, one of the most prestigious national scholarships in the U.S.

May graduate earns public health degree as foundation for career in medicine

During her program, Madison Petersen gained research experience with the Arnold Childhood Obesity Initiative, Connect Lab and the NCI-funded Cancer Education Program, ultimately earning Graduation with Leadership Distinction in Research.

A Letter from the Dean

As Dean Steven Lynn completes a decade of service to the Honors College, he reflects on this season of celebration and looks toward the future.


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