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Attracted by some of the best graduate programs in the nation and inspired to achieve in the University of South Carolina’s energetic campus environment, more than 6,500 graduate students call Carolina their academic home.

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Doctoral Candidate Wins Awards On Her Path To Improving Chronic Disease Outcomes And Reducing Health Disparities

"Growing up in Nigeria, Omonefe “Nefe” Omofuma studied pharmacy as an undergraduate at Olabisi Onabanjo University. It was during her internship at a federal teaching hospital that she observed the complexities and peculiarities that influenced survival outcomes for patients battling cancer."

Story: I am Public Health: Victoria Hickman

"Health services policy and management student Victoria Hickman is working toward a master of health administration through Health Services Collegiate Program, a Navy officer training program, to improve health care through policy and administration."

Council of Graduate Schools Supports Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act

The Council of Graduate Schools has joined 31 other organizations in a letter of support for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA). The letter of support encourages the renewal and strengthening of graduate student loan options and the expansion of programs promoting diversity and fair play within graduate education. The University of South Carolina is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools.  Read the letter here: LINK

Council of Graduate Schools Supports Preserving the Federal Direct Graduate PLUS (GRAD PLUS) Loan Program

The Grad PLUS loan is a federal student loan available to students pursuing graduate or professional degrees.  This loan offers a fixed, competitive, interest rate and flexible loan limits.  The Council of Graduate Schools has joined 19 other organizations in a letter of support for the preservation of this loan, which is a vital line of support for graduate students to fund their education. The University of South Carolina is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools. Read the letter here: LINK

UofSC Education Alumna Wins SC Teacher of the Year

"“I realized that my true calling was to become a teacher. Teaching would allow me to help create opportunities for many children.” [Chandra] Jefferson earned a bachelor's degree in biological sciences in 2009 from the College of Arts and Sciences and a master’s degree in teaching from the College of Education in 2011. That fall, she began her first year of teaching at C.A. Johnson High School in Columbia."

Story: May Graduate Leverages Ph.D. in Exercise Science to Educate Future Athletic Trainers

"Amy Fraley Hand attended her first USC football game when she was just two months old. Her father went to South Carolina for both his bachelor’s and law degrees, and she always knew she’d become a Gamecock herself."

Biomedical Science Student Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

"Second-year Ph.D. candidate Katy Pilarzyk developed a passion for studying the brain while taking Psychology 101 during her freshman year at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay."

Master of Public Health Student Wins National Award for Vaccine Advocacy Efforts

"Kimberly Nelson, a master of public health student in the Arnold School’s health services policy and management department, has been recoginized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with a CDC Childhood Immunization Champion Award. This honor recognizes individuals from across the country who demonstrate exemplary efforts to promote childhood immunizations in their communities."

Graduate Focuses on Tropical Disease

"Physician Matthew Haldeman completed a master's degree in health promotion, education and behavior through the USC Family Medicine-Global Health Fellowship Program to help impoverished populations battle neglected tropical diseases. He first became interested in tropical medicine during a six-week international rotation as a fourth-year medical student, a trip that led him to return to Africa again and again."

Fulbright Grant Allows Recipients to Continue Research

"[David] Beek, a doctoral candidate in comparative literature at South Carolina, is a 2015 graduate of Central Michigan University. His research focuses primarily on 20th- and 21st-century literature from the Americas, in particular, works from the United States and Brazil. He will be spending his Fulbright year conducting independent research at the Federal University of Paraíba in João Pessoa, Brazil."

UofSC Graduate Students Assist in Community Art Projects

"Stormwater Studios presents "Layers of Us," a free art exhibition that will be open from May 22 to June 2. The works in "Layers of Us" were created by participants of community art projects assisted by UofSC faculty and graduate students."


Public Health Graduate Joins Master of Speech Pathology Program

"Briemma Wilson has always been interested in helping people. Ever since she was a kid growing up in Blythewood, South Carolina, she tried to put herself in others’ shoes. Her strong sense of empathy naturally made her curious about the health care field."

Physician Completes UofSC MPH Program

"Matthew Haldeman’s first trip to Africa took him a long way from the small town in Ohio where he grew up. That six-week international rotation as a fourth-year medical student was his first experience with tropical medicine. Working alongside a missionary at the only medical clinic on a remote island in Lake Victoria, Tanzania, Haldeman looked through the lens of a microscope to diagnose and treat patients’ malaria and other parasitic diseases."

Fellowship Awarded to UofSC Poetry MFA Student

"The first notice came from the Ph.D. program in English at the University of Wisconsin. Then came an offer from the University of Houston. Then Florida State. After that, she got a call from one of the most prestigious creative writing fellowships in the country, the Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford."

Environmental Health Sciences Ph.D. Student Awarded George M. Reeves Graduate Fellowship

"Each year, the Graduate School awards five different Trustee Fellowships to full-time graduate students who exhibit excellence in graduate study, research and scholarship. Mithun Sikder, a May doctoral graduate in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences (ENHS), was selected to receive the George M. Reeves Graduate Fellowship, which is named for Reeves, who formerly served as UofSC’s director for the Lilly Teaching Fellows Program, senior assistant to the President and Dean of the Graduate School."

MSW Students Visit Immigrant Detention Center

"Last week, Master of Social Work students in Assistant Professor Benjamin Roth’s immigration policy class visited and spoke with individuals at an immigrant detention center in southwestern Georgia. They also toured at a nearby home to serve detained immigrants, families and friends."

Discover USC 2019 Recap

"The third annual Discover USC showcase, held Friday, April 26, was a huge success. The event welcomed more than 1,000 presentations, and more than 2,300 attendees, including hundreds of reviewers, mentors and visitors, and dozens of volunteers."

Graduate Student Association Message

A message from the President of the Graduate Student Association.

UofSC’s 2019 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Winners and Honorable Mentions

"One UofSC undergraduate student, two graduate students, and seven alumni have been awarded 2019 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF)."

Top 10 Tips for Graduate Students

It’s a new semester. Here are 10 tips to help you with your graduate degree program.

UofSC's Online Nursing and Education Graduate Programs Ranked Nationally

The University of South Carolina's Nursing and Education online graduate programs excelled in a recent annual ranking released by the U.S. News and World Report.

UofSC Graduate Student Completes Master of Public Health Degree to Improve Health in Vietnam

Dr. Ly Tran is a Vietnamese physician who received her Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the UofSC Arnold School of Public Health in December 2018. Dr. Tran chose to focus on public health after attending medical school and discovering that there was a need for research and data analysis focused on improving physical health, diet, mental health and chronic illness.

UofSC College of Education Graduate Student Studies Impact of Hip-Hop in African Communities

Noella “Binda” Niati, a UofSC College of Education doctoral candidate,  is exploring the transformative power of hip-hop in education through her research in the Educational Foundations and Inquiry program. 

Story: UofSC Graduate Student Artist Alumna

Graduate student alumna and theater department MFA recipient, Monica Wyche states "I think my time at USC really prepared me for a life as an artist".

UofSC Ranks High in U.S. News & World Report Graduate School Publication

U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate School publication, released Tuesday (March 12) shows several UofSC graduate programs ranked among the nation's best.


Graduate Student Mental Health

With graduate students potentially more than six times as likely as the general population to experience depression and anxiety, as one study showed, what can be done to best address the needs of the graduate student population?