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: Thursday, September 2nd from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m .
WORKSHOP LEADER(S): Elaine Marshall and Joshua Ruppel
LOCATION: Virtual Event
REGISTER BY: Tuesday, August 31

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: Thursday, September 9th from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
WORKSHOP LEADER(S): Elaine Marshall 
LOCATION: Virtual Event
REGISTER BY: Tuesday, September 7

The workshop will address acquiring and managing grants.

 

Scholarship and the P&T Process

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

TOPIC: Scholarship and the P&T Process
DATE: Thursday, September 16th from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
WORKSHOP LEADER(S): Joshua Ruppel
LOCATION: Virtual Event
REGISTER BY: Tuesday, September 14

The workshop will discuss issues related to scholarship and the P&T process. Emphasis will be placed upon insights on maintaining a balance with teaching and service responsibilities while also engaging in productive scholarship.

 

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: Thursday, September 23rd from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
WORKSHOP LEADER(S): Elaine Marshall
LOCATION: Virtual Event
REGISTER BY: Tuesday, September 21

The workshop will address writing a grant proposal.

 

Mentoring and Funding Undergraduate Research

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

TOPIC: Mentoring and Funding Undergraduate Research
DATE: Thursday, September 30th from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
WORKSHOP LEADER(S): Joshua Ruppel and Julie Morris
LOCATION: Virtual Event
REGISTER BY: Tuesday, September 28

The workshop will address how to effectively fund and mentor undergraduate students. Emphasis will be placed on funding opportunities offered by USC Upstate and USC Columbia to support undergraduate research.

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: Thursday, October 21st from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
WORKSHOP LEADER(S): Elaine Marshall
LOCATION: Virtual Event
REGISTER BY: Wednesday, October 19

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: TBD 
WORKSHOP LEADER(S): Beth Herron, Associate Director of Research and Grant Development, USC Columbia

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

Public Scholarship and Service Learning

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

TOPIC: Public Scholarship and Service Learning
DATE: Thursday, November 18th from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
WORKSHOP LEADER(S): David Marlow, Director of Service Learning and Community Engagement
LOCATION: Virtual Event
REGISTER BY: Tuesday, November 16

The workshop will cover topics related to public scholarship and service learning.

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: TBD
WORKSHOP LEADER(S): Beth Herron, Associate Director of Research and Grant Development, USC Columbia

Workdays offered

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: Tuesday, October 5th from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
WORKDAY LEADERS: Elaine Marshall and Joshua Ruppel
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: TBD from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
WORKDAY LEADERS: Elaine Marshall and Joshua Ruppel
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: TBD from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
WORKDAY LEADERS: Elaine Marshall and Joshua Ruppel
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: Tuesday, February 1st from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
WORKDAY LEADERS: Elaine Marshall and Joshua Ruppel
LOCATION: Virtual Event