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South Carolina Honors College


Mungo undergraduate teaching award winner: Melissa Moss

Honors professor and Pearce Faculty Fellow makes a huge impact in the Honors College as a teacher, mentor and leader. As a recent recipient of the Mungo undergraduate teaching award, she’s recognized for her commitment and accomplishments in the classroom and beyond.

Waking up to rockets

As an engineering major in the Honors College, Cole Shubert '19 had big dreams, but he never expected to find himself with a career that's out of this world.

Psychologist Mark Weist works to dismantle hierarchy, replace it with partnership

Honors professor Mark Weist receives SEC faculty award for transformative work in school behavioral health.

Always up for a challenge

Outstanding chemistry major. Honors resident mentor and ambassador. Musician. And just an all-around nice guy. Recent Honors graduate Ian Bongalonta explored many different paths during his time at UofSC and always rose to meet the challenge.

An issue of moral urgency

The South Carolina Honors College's 2021 Mould award winner Nicole Chandonnet examines the memorialization of J. Marion Sims for her senior thesis.

Joel Thayer Undergraduate Paper Competition winners announced

Recent Honors graduate Nancy Jones earned first place for her senior thesis titled "Sexism and traditional masculinity in country music: Characteristics and impact on the ‘ideal’ heterosexual relationship."

Fresh perspectives

Naomi Kemp is a study in contradictions. Or what, at first, might seem like contradictions. But as she approaches graduation, it’s obvious that her biology major and art studio minor have combined to create a unique Honors experience that led to her senior thesis and a future of devoting herself to others.

Class of 2021: Darren Burton

Darren Burton, who grew up in the tiny town of Estill, South Carolina and attended high school in Irmo, will graduate with leadership distinction in May with a degree in accounting from the Darla Moore School of Business and the South Carolina Honors College.

Piecing it together

Honors College senior Sophie Kahler discovers that sometimes the most interesting things are very close to home. Read how this geography major's interest in the mysteries abounding in the area she grew up led to her research being published and culminating into her senior thesis.

Columbia senior wins first place in annual state writing contest

Two South Carolina high school juniors and two seniors have won the top awards in the annual South Carolina High School Writing Contest. Presented by the South Carolina Honors College, the eighth annual contest asks the question: How can we make South Carolina better?

Upperclassmen turn extraordinary experiences into Honors College senior theses

In their senior theses, Honors students conduct research of their choice. These students are taking this opportunity to examine aspects of their personal life and develop them into valuable analyses.

Booked solid through 2028

Honors College student Sydney Womack’s calendar has been booked nearly solid during her four years at South Carolina and little wonder — she majored in biomedical engineering, minored in mathematics, earned a performance certificate in the School of Music, conducted undergraduate research and co-authored a scholarly article and three poster presentations. She also attended football, basketball and baseball games whenever she could, held leadership positions in two engineering student societies and regularly volunteered to pitch STEM career opportunities to high school students.

Most likely to succeed

Brianna Lewis was voted “most likely to become a brain surgeon” in the first grade, and the Simpsonville, S.C.-native will soon begin earning the “Dr.” portion of that prediction. She’s headed to medical school this fall after wrapping up four years in the Honors College and two bachelor’s degrees — one in biology and another in experimental psychology.

Swanger award winner uses her drive for hard work to help others

Payton Ramsey has overcome a visual disability from childhood to become the first member of her family to attend college. The South Carolina Honors College student has spent her time at UofSC perfecting her leadership skills and expanding her mind through research. For her efforts over her four years at South Carolina, Ramsey received the 2021 Steven N. Swanger Award, the university’s second-highest undergraduate honor.

3 brothers, 3 Goldwater Scholarships, 1 passion

Reggie, Connor and Ian Bain all double majored in mathematics and a field of science, they’re all alumni of the University of South Carolina’s Honors College (Ian graduates in May) and Carolina Scholars and each was named a Goldwater Scholar, which is considered the nation’s most prestigious undergraduate award for STEM majors.

Dean's Letter: Spring 2021

"The South Carolina Honors College has acquired many things the past decade. Continuous top rankings since 2012 comes to mind, but there are many other large and small acquisitions to celebrate."

Eradicating barriers

Alumna and author Casey Richardson uses her voice to help people and businesses overcome personal and economic problems.

Everyone who knew him loved him

After 46 years teaching at the University of South Carolina, nearly 20 of them in the South Carolina Honors College, Don Fowler is remembered for his wisdom and dedication to students.

Lost in space? Here's what happened to 388 senior theses since 2014

For the last seven years, Honors College seniors have been uploading their theses to Scholar Commons, unsure of what would happen after that. Thanks to some digital digging by University Libraries, we now have solid worldwide data.

Alumni News - Spring 2021

See what our Honors College alumni have been doing lately.

Curiosity, scientific research lead to prestigious award for UofSC students

For the 29th consecutive year, UofSC is celebrating Goldwater success with our newest scholars - Felicia McGill, Matthew Duggan and Charlotte Pollack.

Twelve South Carolina students Recognized by the National Science Foundation, six receive Graduate Research Fellowship

Winners of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship look forward to bright careers in academia and research across STEM disciplines and beyond.

Finalists announced for 8th South Carolina High School Writing Contest

Twenty-one juniors and seniors from across the state have been named finalists of the annual South Carolina High School Writing Contest. Now in its eighth year, the contest is presented by the South Carolina Honors College in partnership with the Pat Conroy Literary Center, the South Carolina Academy of Authors, the South Carolina Writers Association, and the South Carolina State Library.

Honors student combines passion for medicine and outdoor adventure

If you can't find Honors student Maya Duffy somewhere on campus, chances are she's taken off for an outdoor adventure. Duffy is a junior majoring in biology with minors in statistics and medical humanities, but her passion is the great outdoors.

A Smart Start toward Honors success

Coming from the small town of Pageland, South Carolina, nursing student and Stamps Scholar Genna Rivers hit the ground running with her research at UofSC. Driven by her passion for nursing and caring for others, she has already made full use of her innate curiosity and the resources available to make the most of her first two years in the South Carolina Honors College.


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