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Verzyl Named to USA Diving Pan American Team

Honors college freshman, Sophie Verzyl, has been selected by USA Diving to compete in the UANA Junior Pan American Championships. Verzyl is one of four women who were selected to the A-group and one of 30 athletes who will be competing for Team USA.

Composer David “Clay” Mettens Wins Hermitage Prize

Honors alum, and accomplished composer, David "Clay" Mettens has won the 2021 Hermitage Prize in Composition. Clay's compositions have been performed by the Brussels Philharmonic, Washington National Opera, Spektral Quartet, and Ensemble Dal Niente, among others.

Freeman-ASIA Scholarship awards three UofSC students in 2021

Three University of South Carolina students, Madison Clark, Hannah Gardner and Chloe Penaflor, have been named 2021 Freeman-ASIA Scholars.

Former leader of Columbia’s Trustus Theatre assumes marketing role with SC Philharmonic

Honors graduate Chad Henderson will be beginning his journey as the new marketing and communications director for the South Carolina Philarmonic starting August 16th. With an impressive background in directing with the Trustus Theatre, we are excited to see him in this new role.

2021 Ginny Looney Servant Leader Award Recipient

Honors student Antonia Adams has been named the 2021 Ginny Looney Servant Leader Award Recipient. Antonia's service work has had a great impact throughout the entire South Carolina community.

Comics in the classroom

Honors professor Courtney Lewis has always wanted to teach a class about American Indian voices in pop culture. When the University Libraries acquired the Gary Lee Watson Comic Book Collection, she was able to do just that.

Poets&Quants Top 50 Undergraduate Professors Of 2020

Honors professor Daniel Ostergaard has been named one of Poets&Quants Top 50 Undergraduate Professors of 2020. After 2 decades of working in the public and private sectors, we are lucky to have him as a member of the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business.

‘The Queer Cookies Cookbook’ pairs poetry with recipes in a sweet celebration of community

Honors and Top Scholar graduate Tyler French is now the man behind 'The Queer Cookies Cookbook.' The book combines his two passions, poetry and cookies, in the most exciting way.

Honors College offers Semester at the Coast for students

The University of South Carolina Honors College will host a “Semester at the Coast” program for the first time in the Spring 2022 semester when 10 students with interests in science, the environment and health will be studying at the Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences.

Breakthrough Star: Vanessa Kitzie

Honors professor and researcher, Vanessa Kitzie, is recognized for her work serving LGBTQIA+ people and communities, particularly in South Carolina. The success and funding received for her research continues to make her standout among others in her field.

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.


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