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Student Research Support

Expanding access to research opportunities is central to our mission to develop diverse, inquisitive physicians who will lead the health care transformation.

Financial Support

Research experiences broaden your knowledge about patient needs and the continuum of care and help you adopt a curious, patient-centered approach to medicine.

The USC School of Medicine Greenville provides financial support for you to participate in research projects and share your findings with the larger medical community.

About 70 students per year receive stipends through the SOARING program to conduct research projects in the Upstate after their M1 year. 

Of those, many are funded through support from the Sargent Foundation. Explore Shannon Smith’s research on how various breast cancer chemotherapy regimens effect patients’ mitochondria within the skeletal muscle or learn about Avery Funkhouser’s research compiling molecular profiles of cancer patients to refine diagnosis and future treatment options.

The School of Medicine Greenville reimburses the costs for 20 to 50 students per year to participate in and present at national and international conferences. 

See below for a list of hosting organizations in which our students have presented their research

  • AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting
  • ACOG District IV
  • America Association of Cancer Research
  • American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Association of Bioanalysts Conference and CRB Symposium
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting
  • American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session and Expo
  • American College of Sports Medicine Regional Meeting
  • American Medical Association Medical Student Section Annual Conference 
  • American Pancreatic Association
  • American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting and Conference
  • American Public Health Association
  • American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting
  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Annual Meeting
  • American Society for Reproductive Medicine Scientific Congress and Expo 
  • American Society of Anesthesiology
  • Annual Medical Education Conference 
  • Association for the Advancement of Blood and Biotherapies Virtual Annual Meeting
  • Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Diversity and Inclusion Professional Development Conference
  • Combined Otolaryngology Spring Meetings (COSM) 
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • Eastern Orthopedic Association
  • Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland
  • International Association of Medical Science Educators Annual Conference
  • International Stroke Conference
  • Medical Organization for Latino Advancement
  • Mid-Atlantic Microbial Pathogenesis Meeting
  • Mid-Atlantic Section of the American Urological Association Annual Meeting
  • National Association of EMS Physicians
  • Pediatric Trauma Society
  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
  • Society for Reproductive Investigation (SRI)
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
  • Society of Vascular and Interventional Neurology
  • South Carolina Chapter of the American College of Physicians Annual Scientific Meeting
  • Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA) Annual Meeting
  • Southeastern Regional Genetics Group
  • Southeastern Surgical Congress (SESC)
  • Special Operations Medical Association
  • Systemic Vascular and Interventional Neurology Annual Conference
  • The Association of Medicine and Psychiatry
  • The Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute


School-Hosted Research Seminars

As a student, you can attend any or all of the School of Medicine Greenville’s research seminars, which are offered throughout the year and cover a broad array of topics. Contact the Office of Research for an updated list of seminar topics.

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