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Undergraduate Student Opportunities

Please refer to the SARS Calendar for all program dates and deadlines.

Scholarly Student Assistantship Program: 
The Scholarly Student Assistantship program provides valuable learning opportunities and financial assistance to undergraduates by creating opportunities for students to assist and collaborate with faculty members who conduct research projects and are engaged in creative and scholarly activities. This contributes to the students' overall academic experience, and more effectively prepares those students who intend to pursue graduate level or professional studies, as well as careers in which they are required to develop and manage similar projects.

The award has two categories:

  • Student Research Assistant where the student is directly and substantively involved in assisting the faculty member with a scholarly project
  • Student Teaching Assistant where the student is indirectly involved with assisting the faculty member with a scholarly project by alleviating the faculty member’s teaching-related duties.

NOTE: In this latter category, the student cannot perform lecture or regular classroom duties. The student is only allowed to help in teaching-related duties such as grading, study sessions, etc.

The faculty member must very clearly articulate the specific ways that his/her scholarly efforts will be substantially improved with the help of this teaching assistant. Click here to view the complete program description. Apply Now!  

Scholarly Student Mini-Grant Program:
This program provides competitive funding opportunities for full or part-time undergraduate students wishing to pursue independent scholarly research or creative projects under the guidance of USC Upstate faculty, staff or qualified outside professionals. Projects must have the potential to lead towards significant contributions in the field of study in order to be considered for funding. Students involved in continuing projects may apply for and receive funding each semester for the duration of their project. Funds can be used to purchase materials and supplies or to offset other miscellaneous expenses. Click here to view the complete program description. Apply Now!

Scholarly Student Travel Support Program:
This program provides competitive funding to offset travel and registration costs associated with either: 

  • the presentation of the results of their scholarly, research or creative works at professional meetings or other qualified outside venues or
  • attending an event in order to bring vital knowledge back to USC Upstate that will have a direct and positive impact on a scholarly project. 

Applications are received on a rolling basis - there is no deadline to apply. Click here to view the complete program description. Apply Now!

Magellan Scholars Program:
The Magellan Scholar program was created to enrich the academic experience of USC's undergraduates through research opportunities in all disciplines from science, technology and medicine, to theatre, music and art. By providing access to faculty mentoring relationships and a professional research experience, this program enables students to creatively explore their interests at a more in-depth level than can be attained in the classroom. The Magellan Scholar program provides opportunities for undergraduates to build a competitive edge in the job market. This program is offered by USC Columbia (http://www.sc.edu/our/magellan.shtml) and is available to USC Upstate students. For more information, please contact Dr. Melissa Pilgrim, mpilgrim@uscupstate.edu, (864) 503-5781. 

Can't Find Something Right For You?
Many research, scholarly and creative areas can benefit from the above funding opportunities; however, you might need a special type of funding that does not fit into any of the above programs. Please let us know and perhaps a special award can be made that better fits your particular project.  For more information, please contact Dr. Melissa Pilgrim, mpilgrim@uscupstate.edu, (864) 503-5781. 

Other Sources:
For an extensive list of student funding opportunities offered by organizations outside of the University system, please visit the following page:
http://www.sc.edu/our/funding.shtml.

Final Report Form:
Click here for the Final Report Form.

Please refer to the SARS Calendar for all program dates and deadlines.

Dr. Melissa Pilgrim

Melissa Pilgrim

Director of Research Support
Admin Building, Room 223
Phone: (864) 503-5781
mpilgrim@uscupstate.edu