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 28th from 12:30pm-2:00pm
WORKSHOP LEADER(S): Elaine Marshall and Melissa Pilgrim
LOCATION: Virtual Event
REGISTER BY: Wednesday, August 26, 2020

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.

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 4th from 12:30pm-2:00pm 
WORKSHOP LEADER(S): Elaine Marshall
LOCATION: Virtual Event
REGISTER BY: Wednesday, September 2, 2020

The workshop will address acquiring and managing grants.

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 11th from 12:30pm-2:00pm
WORKSHOP LEADER(S): Melissa Pilgrim
LOCATION: Virtual Event
REGISTER BY: Monday, September 9, 2020

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.

Proposal Writing

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

TOPIC: Proposal Writing
DATE: Friday, September 18th from 12:30pm-2:00pm
WORKSHOP LEADER(S): Elaine Marshall
LOCATION: Virtual Event
REGISTER BY: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

The workshop will address writing a grant proposal.

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, October 2nd from 12:30pm-2:00pm
WORKSHOP LEADER(S): Melissa Pilgrim
LOCATION: Virtual Event
REGISTER BY: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The workshop will address how to effectively mentor students at a primarily undergraduate institution.

Grant Management and Closeout

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

TOPIC: Grant Management and Closeout
DATE: Friday, October 23th from 12:30pm-2:00pm 
WORKSHOP LEADER(S): Elaine Marshall
LOCATION: Virtual Event
REGISTER BY: Wednesday, October 21, 2020

The workshop will address how to manage and close out a grant.

Research Initiative for Summer Engagement (RISE) Program

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

TOPIC: Research Initiative for Summer Engagement (RISE) Program
DATE: Friday, October 30th from 12:30pm-2:00pm
WORKSHOP LEADER(S): Melissa Pilgrim
LOCATION: Virtual Event
REGISTER BY: Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The workshop will address the USC Columbia Research Initiative for Summer Engagement (RISE) Program.

Defining Scholarship at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution

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

TOPIC: Defining Scholarship at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution
DATE: Friday, November 6 from 12:30pm-2:00pm
WORKSHOP LEADER(S): Melissa Pilgrim
LOCATION: Virtual Event
REGISTER BY: Wednesday, November 4, 2020

The workshop will address the breadth and scope of scholarship activities at an institution that primarily serves undergraduate students.

Building Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations

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

TOPIC: Bulding Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations
DATE: Friday, November 20 from 12:30pm-2:00pm 
WORKSHOP LEADER(S): Melissa Pilgrim
LOCATION: Virtual Event
REGISTER BY: Wednesday, November 18, 2020

The workshop will address approaches to working with colleagues near and far to build partnerships and collaborations that allow for cross-disciplinary scholarly work. In addition, we will discuss funding opportunities that support interdisciplinary collaborations.

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, December 4 from 12:30pm-2:00pm 
WORKSHOP LEADER(S): Beth Herron, Associate Director of Research and Grant Development, USC Columbia
LOCATION: Virtual Event
REGISTER BY: Wednesday, December 2, 2020

The workshop will address the USC Columbia Advanced Support for Innovative Research Excellence (ASPIRE) Program.

Workdays offered

The Office of Sponsored Awards and Research Support (SARS) is happy to announce our 2020-2021 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 9 from 12:00pm-5:00pm
WORKDAY LEADERS: Elaine Marshall and Melissa Pilgrim
LOCATION: Virtual Event

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, November 13 from 12:00pm-5:00pm 
WORKDAY LEADERS: Elaine Marshall and Melissa Pilgrim
LOCATION: Virtual Event

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 15 from 12:00pm-5:00pm 
WORKDAY LEADERS: Elaine Marshall and Melissa Pilgrim
LOCATION: Virtual Event

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 5 from 12:00pm-5:00pm 
WORKDAY LEADERS: Elaine Marshall and Melissa Pilgrim
LOCATION: Virtual Event