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The Opportunities Bulletin Board is the place for graduate student related events, fellowships, job postings, announcements and learning opportunities. We update this page regularly, so check back often!

Contact Emily Rendek at rendek@mailbox.sc.edu with inquiries about posting on the Opportunities Resource Bulletin.

The Data Incubator: Call for Applications

Program: The Data Incubator is an intensive 8-week fellowship that prepares master's students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.

Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a master's or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a master's or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.

Locations: In addition to the below in-person locations, we will have a remote online session:
  • New York City
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Seattle
  • Boston
  • Washington, DC.
Dates: All sections will be from 2018-01-02 to 2018-02-23.
Data Science in 30 minutes: Learn how to build a data-science project in our upcoming free Data Science in 30-minutes webcast. Sign up soon as space is limited.

Office of Development Graduate Assistant Vacancy

Position:

Graduate Assistant (GA) opportunity beginning Spring semester 2018: this position averages 20 hrs/week beginning January 2018.
**Please note these positions require an in-person or Skype interview.**
**Please note that Moore School out-of-state graduate students do not qualify for the in-state tuition rate.**

Prospect Management position responsibilities:

  • Assist with review of contact reports to ensure compliance with Donor Prospect Management System.
  • Run reports related to fundraising efforts from database and assist in review and interpretation of the data.
  • Assist with reviewing prospect manager request report and completing the manager assignments.
  • Assist with database cleanup project. 

 

Requirements for position:

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Seeking someone with initiative and focus and superior verbal and written communications skills.
  • Attention to detail, dependability and confidentiality is essential.
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite of products. 
  • Experience with information systems, search options, and indexing desirable but not required.
  • Prior experience or exposure to higher education fundraising initiatives desirable but not required

Misc:
Office located at 1600 Hampton Street (corner of Hampton and Pickens streets)

GA will receive a stipend of $5,000 per semester (20 hrs x 10 weeks) subject to satisfactory performance reviews and dependent upon acceptance and enrollment in a USC-Columbia academic program. GA must be enrolled in at least six hours of graduate credit each semester to retain graduate assistant status.

References will be checked.

If interested, please send cover letter and resume/C.V. to Dawn Wyatt, Associate Director of Prospect Management: dwyattt@mailbox.sc.edu  No phone calls, please.

For info on the Office of Development: https;//giving.sc.edu

The Ninth Biennial Conference of the Urban History Association

"Cities at the Crossroads"

Columbia, SC
October 18-21, 2018

The Urban History Association invites submissions for sessions and papers on all aspects of urban, suburban, and metropolitan history. We welcome proposals for panels, roundtable discussions, and individual papers.

The conference theme, “Cities at the Crossroads,” reflects the growing interdisciplinarity of the field of urban history, the role of cities as meeting places, and the contemporary challenges of urban political isolation and tension over issues such as climate change, immigration, segregation, and inequality.

We encourage submissions that explore the diversity of the study of cities, including contributions from other disciplines and from historians who interpret notions of “urban” broadly and synthetically, whether politically, geographically, socially, or culturally. The program committee welcomes proposals for innovative workshops or non-traditional sessions. Successful panel and paper proposals need not adhere strictly to the conference theme, and the program committee will pay special attention to panels marking the anniversaries of events in or profoundly affecting cities, such as the Kerner Commission Report, the Fair Housing Act, or the 1968 Paris uprising.

Each proposal should have the following format:

Individual paper submissions should include an abstract up to 150 words with up to four keywords, along with a one-page CV, including address and email. These should be submitted as a single PDF file.

Panel submissions should include a cover page indicating the lead contact, with telephone and email, and the names of the session Chair and Commentator; a one-paragraph overview of the session’s themes and significance, plus a description of the format (eg panel, roundtable, workshop); a 100-word abstract for each proposed paper; and a one-page CV for each participant, including address and e-mail, all submitted as a combined, single PDF file.

The submission deadline is February 15, 2018. The program committee also plans for a graduate student workshop and a poster session, which will have a separate proposal deadline of May 1, 2018, with details forthcoming.

Please direct inquiries to Program Committee co-chairs LaDale Winling at Virginia Tech and Elaine Lewinnek at California State University-Fullerton (Columbia2018UHA@gmail.com).

Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program Call for Applications

The Smithsonian Institution provides a wide range of fellowships in the arts, humanities, and sciences. These fellowships are awarded annually to graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and senior investigators to conduct independent study or research at one or more of the Smithsonian’s 19 units and research centers. This program offers in-residence opportunities for independent research or study related to Smithsonian collections, facilities, and/or research interests of the Institution and its staff. More information about the fellowship program can be found at https://www.smithsonianofi.com/fellowship-opportunities/smithsonian-institution-fellowship-program/ .

Applications for the 2018 Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program are now being accepted. The 2017 brochure can be found here: https://www.smithsonianofi.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/20170613-SORS-2017-2.2.pdf.

Deadline for all applications: December 1, 2017.

Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships--GA Position

Job Description/Duties for GA

Advise students regarding the University’s Satisfactory Academic Progress standards.  Advise students of the appeal process. Assist with preparing appeals to be reviewed. Analyze student transcripts and other student data. Utilize office database to assist in researching, analyzing and recording data for tracking purposes.  Work closely with the Program Assistant and Program Coordinator. Performs general office duties to include filing, answering phones, data entry and perform other duties as assigned. Must have good communication skills both orally and in writing.

Resumes should be forwarded to FASAP@mailbox.sc.edu.

Gamecock Toastmasters Club

Communication skills can distinguish you in the workplace.  Employers know that you can do research; they want employees that can communicate. 

Everyone can work to become a better speaker. The Gamecock Toastmasters club can help.

Members meet over lunch on Tuesdays, 11:30-12:30. Some members will prepare short talks, and some time is dedicated to allowing any present to voluntarily stand and talk for 1-2 minutes on various topics (like typical interview questions).

If you complete the first ten 5-7 minute projects you receive the "Competent Communicator" award. Many employers will recognize this certification on your resume.

Advisors have noticed improvements in graduate students participating in Toastmasters.

Our next meeting is Tuesday at 11:30 in the Swearingen Faculty Lounge, 1A03.  Sometimes we meet in 3C02 if the lounge is booked. 

Contact: Ed Gatzke

Still looking for an apartment?

Graduate students can find available housing around USC at housing.dailygamecock.com. (The Daily Gamecock is the editorially independent student newspaper at the University of South Carolina.) With hundreds of housing listings, it makes finding a great place easy! 

Off-campus housing services for USC students

New and current students (as well as USC faculty and staff) looking for housing options in Columbia can take advantage of an up-to-date database of rental properties near the university. Contact Off-Campus Student Services for details: Russell House Suite 115, Columbia, SC 29208; Phone: (803) 777-3366; email: saocss@mailbox.sc.edu

USC Postdoctoral Association

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to announce a networking and professional development group, the USC Postdoctoral Association, which supports postdocs at the University of South Carolina. Their mission is to support and improve the postdoctoral training experience at USC by providing opportunities and resources for networking, professional development, social interaction, research, and teaching. Learn more

OFSP's database for national fellowships and awards

With the INFO (Investigate National Fellowship Opportunities) tool, the Office of Fellowship and Scholar Programs online searchable database for national fellowships and awards allows students to use broad or specific search criteria to locate national fellowships based on interests or academic and career goals. The database features graduate and dissertation fellowships, funding for study abroad, and postdocs. 

On-Campus Produce Delivery

Healthy Carolina offers healthy eating options for USC faculty, staff, and students with On-Campus Produce Delivery. Partnering with two, locally owned produce delivery companies, Pinckney’s Produce and AFRESH!, On-campus Produce Delivery will bring fresh produce right to USC’s Columbia campus. It’s a convenient way for the USC community to purchase locally grown food and to eat healthier! 

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