Professional Development Opportunities

The Sponsored Awards and Research Support Office (SARS) offers a Professional Development Workshop Series and Program Workdays.

Workshops Offered

The SARS Professional Development Workshop series is a sequence of workshops designed to familiarize faculty with (i) programs available to support their scholarship activities here at USC Upstate, (ii) finding external funding to further develop their scholarship, (iii) the scope of scholarly activities supported by our office, and (iv) aspects of the research process, including, but not limited to, grant writing and the proposal review process. The workshop times and topics are listed below and in the SARS calendar.

Faculty who participate in a workshop will receive a notice of completion that describes the workshop content and the time devoted to participating in the workshop. In addition, we offer a certificate of completion to faculty who attend all workshops and complete assignments associated with each workshop. Thus, participation in the workshop series represents a form of continuing education accessible to faculty.

Introduction to the Office of Sponsored Awards & Research Support

The Office of Sponsored Awards and Research Support (SARS) is happy to announce the first meeting of its Professional Development Series:

TOPIC: Introduction to the Office of Sponsored Awards and Research Support
DATE: Friday, August 30th from 12:30pm-2:00pm
WORKSHOP LEADER(S): Elaine Marshall and Melissa Pilgrim
LOCATION: Administration Building; Room 327 
REGISTER BY: Monday, August 26, 2019

The workshop will introduce you to programs sponsored through the SARS office and USC Columbia's Office of Research that support the professional development of our faculty and students. Lunch will be provided and we encourage you to bring your personal laptop or tablet.

Finding and Securing Grant Funding

The Office of Sponsored Awards and Research Support (SARS) is happy to announce the second meeting of its Professional Development Series:

TOPIC: Finding and Securing Grant Funding
DATE: Friday, September 6th from 12:30pm-2:00pm 
WORKSHOP LEADER(S): Elaine Marshall
LOCATION: Administration Building; Room 327 
REGISTER BY: Monday, September 2, 2019

The workshop will address acquiring and managing grants. Lunch will be provided and we encourage you to bring your personal laptop or tablet.

The Proposal Review Process

The Office of Sponsored Awards and Research Support (SARS) is happy to announce the third meeting of its Professional Development Series:

TOPIC: The Proposal Review Process
DATE: Friday, September 13th from 12:30pm-2:00pm
WORKSHOP LEADER(S): Melissa Pilgrim
LOCATION: Administration Building, Room 327
REGISTER BY: Monday, September 9, 2019

The workshop will address what goes into reviewing a grant proposal and how funding decisions are made. It will provide information about the review process as it relates to (i) having your own proposal reviewed, and (ii) serving as a reviewer. Lunch will be provided and and we encourage you to bring your personal laptop or tablet.

Magellan Scholar Program

The Office of Sponsored Awards and Research Support (SARS) is happy to announce the fourth meeting of its Professional Development Series:

TOPIC: The Magellan Scholar Program
DATE: Friday, September 20th from 12:30pm-2:00pm
WORKSHOP LEADER(S): Julie Morris, Director of Undergraduate Research, USC Columbia
LOCATION: Administration Building; Room 327
REGISTER BY: Monday, September 16, 2019

The workshop will address the USC Magellan Scholar Program. Lunch will be provided and we encourage you to bring your personal laptop or tablet.

Mentoring at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution

The Office of Sponsored Awards and Research Support (SARS) is happy to announce the fifth meeting of its Professional Development Series:

TOPIC: Mentoring at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution
DATE: Friday, September 27th from 12:30pm-2:00pm
WORKSHOP LEADER(S): Melissa Pilgrim
LOCATION: Administration Building; Room 327
REGISTER BY: Monday, September 23, 2019

The workshop will address how to effectively mentor students at a primarily undergraduate institution. Lunch will be provided and we encourage you to bring your personal laptop or tablet.

Proposal Writing

The Office of Sponsored Awards and Research Support (SARS) is happy to announce the sixth meeting of its Professional Development Series:

TOPIC: Proposal Writing
DATE: Friday, October 4th from 12:30pm-2:00pm
WORKSHOP LEADER(S): Elaine Marshall
LOCATION: Administration Building; Room 327
REGISTER BY: Monday, September 30, 2019

The workshop will address writing a grant proposal. Lunch will be provided and we encourage you to bring your personal laptop or tablet.

Cayuse 424

The Office of Sponsored Awards and Research Support (SARS) is happy to announce the seventh meeting of its Professional Development Series:

TOPIC: Cayuse 424
DATE: Friday, October 25th from 12:30pm-2:00pm
WORKSHOP LEADER(S): Beth Herron, Associate Director of Research and Grant Development, USC Columbia
LOCATION: G.B. Hodge Center; Room 265
REGISTER BY: Monday, October 21, 2019

The University of South Carolina is transitioning to Cayuse 424 as the university's primary proposal submission system. Cayuse 424 is a user-friendly software solution that streamlines and simplifies the process of preparing and submitting proposals. Since its launch, a growing number of researchers have saved time by preparing and submitting their proposals via Cayuse. The system is operating fully and Beth Herron, Associate Director of Research and Grant Development in USC Columbia's Office of the Vice President for Research, will host a hands-on Cayuse 424 training session as part of the SARS Professional Development Series. Please note Cayuse is USC’s preferred method for submitting most federal grant applications and will become mandatory within the next year.

Lunch will be provided and the workshop will be held within the Hodge 265 computer lab.

Research Initiative for Summer Engagement (RISE) Program

The Office of Sponsored Awards and Research Support (SARS) is happy to announce the eighth meeting of its Professional Development Series:

TOPIC: Research Initiative for Summer Engagement (RISE) Program
DATE: Friday, November 1st from 12:30pm-2:00pm
WORKSHOP LEADER(S): Melissa Pilgrim
LOCATION: G.B. Hodge Center; Room 265
REGISTER BY: Monday, October 28, 2019

The workshop will address the USC Columbia Research Initiative for Summer Engagement (RISE) Program. Lunch will be provided and we encourage you to bring your personal laptop or tablet.

Grant Management and Closeout

The Office of Sponsored Awards and Research Support (SARS) is happy to announce the ninth meeting of its Professional Development Series:

TOPIC: Grant Management and Closeout
DATE: Friday, November 8th from 12:30pm-2:00pm 
WORKSHOP LEADER(S): Elaine Marshall
LOCATION: G.B. Hodge Center; Room 265
REGISTER BY: Monday, November 4, 2019

The workshop will address how to manage and close out a grant. Lunch will be provided and we encourage you to bring your personal laptop or tablet.

Advanced Support for Innovative Research Excellence (ASPIRE)

The Office of Sponsored Awards and Research Support (SARS) is happy to announce the tenth meeting of its Professional Development Series:

TOPIC: Advanced Support for Innovative Research Excellence (ASPIRE)
DATE: Friday, November 15th from 12:30pm-2:00pm 
WORKSHOP LEADER(S): Beth Herron, Associate Director of Research and Grant Development, USC Columbia
LOCATION: Administration Building; Room 327
REGISTER BY: Monday, November 11, 2019

The workshop will address the USC Columbia Advanced Support for Innovative Research Excellence (ASPIRE) Program. Lunch will be provided and we encourage you to bring your personal laptop or tablet.

Defining Scholarship at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution

The Office of Sponsored Awards and Research Support (SARS) is happy to announce the eleventh meeting of its Professional Development Series:

TOPIC: Defining Scholarship at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution
DATE: Friday, November 22 from 12:30pm-2:00pm
WORKSHOP LEADER(S): Melissa Pilgrim
LOCATION: Administration Building; Room 327
REGISTER BY: Monday, November 18, 2019

The workshop will address the breadth and scope of scholarship activites at an institution that primarily serves undergraduate students. Lunch will be provided and we encourage you to bring your personal laptop or tablet.

Workdays offered

The Office of Sponsored Awards and Research Support (SARS) is happy to announce our 2019-2020 Program Workdays. Each workday is an opportunity for faculty and/or students to bring their grant proposal related to an upcoming grant deadline for review before the submission deadline. The workday times and topics are listed below and in the SARS calendar.

Fall Magellan Workday

The Office of Sponsored Awards and Research Support (SARS) is happy to announce the first Professional Development Workday:

PROGRAM: Fall Magellan Workday
DATE: Friday, October 11 from 12:00pm-5:00pm
WORKDAY LEADERS: Elaine Marshall and Melissa Pilgrim
LOCATION: Administration Building; Room 308
REGISTER BY: Wednesday, October 9, 2019

RISE Program Workday

The Office of Sponsored Awards and Research Support (SARS) is happy to announce the second Professional Development Workday:

PROGRAM: RISE Program Workday
DATE: Friday, December 6 from 12:00pm-5:00pm 
WORKDAY LEADERS: Elaine Marshall and Melissa Pilgrim
LOCATION: Administration Building; Room 308
REGISTER BY: Wednesday, December 4, 2019

ASPIRE Program Workday

The Office of Sponsored Awards and Research Support (SARS) is happy to announce the third Professional Development Workday:

PROGRAM: ASPIRE Program Workday
DATE: Friday, January 17 from 12:00pm-5:00pm 
WORKDAY LEADERS: Elaine Marshall and Melissa Pilgrim
LOCATION: Administration Building; Room 308
REGISTER BY: Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Spring Magellan Workday

The Office of Sponsored Awards and Research Support (SARS) is happy to announce the fourth Professional Development Workday:

PROGRAM: Spring Magellan Workday
DATE: Friday, February 7 from 12:00pm-5:00pm 
WORKDAY LEADERS: Elaine Marshall and Melissa Pilgrim
LOCATION: Administration Building; Room 308
REGISTER BY: Wednesday, February 5, 2020