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Fifteen Arnold School graduate students earn 2018-2019 SPARC Graduate Research Grants

January 22, 2019 | Erin Bluvas, 

Fifteen of the 57 2018-2019 Support to Promote Advancement of Research and Creativity (SPARC) Graduate Research Grants from the UofSC Office of the Vice President for Research have been awarded to Arnold School graduate students. The students, who represent the departments of health promotion, education, and behavior, health services policy and management, environmental health sciencesepidemiology and biostatistics, and exercise science will have a little over a year to complete SPARC-funded projects (up to $5,000 each) that support the completion or promotion of their research, creative or other meritorious scholarship.

Previous SPARC awards have been used by Arnold School students to fund projects, such as reducing sedentary behavior to improve blood pressure, influences on parent shopping for children's consumption, disparities in access to surgical techniques for treating lung cancer, and uptake and toxicity of silver nanoparticles.  

Upon completion, the students will present their findings at Discover USC and are encouraged to develop articles and papers based on their projects for publication in scholarly journals. Before the actual projects even begin, however, the students have already learned about the competitive research proposal process that will continue throughout many of their careers.

The Office of the Vice President for Research designs SPARC application materials to simulate the experience of applying for nationally competitive grants, helping applicants develop their skills in these areas. Students must supply the standard components of a comprehensive grant proposal package, such as a detailed research narrative, budget and other supporting documentation.

Congratulations to the following Arnold School graduate students who have earned 2018-2019 SPARC awards.



Project Title

Margaret Carson Environmental Health Sciences The Effect of Temperature Variation on Lyngbya wollei Toxin in Adult Zebrafish in Lake Wateree, SC
Anna Cofie Health Services Policy and Management Trends in antenatal care use and reasons for non-compliance with WHO recommendations in Ghana
Kaitlyn Crosby Health Services Policy and Management Clinically Integrated Networks: The 'Magic Pill' for Improving the Quality of Health Care?
Kelli Dubois Health Promotion, 
Education, and Behavior
Decision Making for Treatment and Management Methods Over the Illness Trajectory of Ulcerative Colitis
Zac Hart Environmental Health Sciences Assessing Stakeholder Needs and Preferences for Coastal Swimming Advisories in Charleston, South Carolina
Yanping Jiang Health Promotion, 
Education, and Behavior
Effects of a Resilience-Based Psychosocial Intervention on Cortisol Regulation for Children Affected by Parental HIV
Allison Lewis Exercise Science Effects of Social Comparative Feedback on Motor Sequence Learning
Jennifer Mandelbaum Health Promotion, 
Education, and Behavior
Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Childhood Health: Obesity and Asthma in a Syndemics Perspective
Ryan Montalvo Exercise Science Effect of Increased Superoxide Dismutase-2 Expression on Chemotherapy-Induced Cardiac Dysfunction
Omonefe Omofuma Epidemiology and Biostatistics Dietary Advanced Glycation End-Products (dAGE) and Breast Cancer Risk
Chamberline Ozigbu Health Services Policy and Management Beyond Vaccination Coverage: A Critical Look at Never-Vaccinated Children in Ethiopia
Elizabeth Regan Exercise Science Integrating Stroke Survivors into Cardiac Rehabilitation
Khairul Siddiqi Health Services Policy and Management Trends of Age-specific Comorbidity Burden and Resource Use, and Factors Predicting Costs and Mortality of the People Living with HIV in the US Inpatient Department, 2002 to 2015.
Yingzheng Wang Environmental Health Sciences Late Effect of Doxorubicin-induced Ovarian Inflammation on Female Ovarian Function and Fertility
Ashley White Health Promotion, 
Education, and Behavior
Snip, Snip: Vasectomy in the American South


Ten Arnold School graduate students earn 2017-2018 SPARC Graduate Research Grants

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