The South Carolina Honors College offers funding for undergraduate research in order to promote the intellectual growth of our students and to encourage excellence in scholarship.

From arts to sciences, business to engineering, we urge students to pursue research in all disciplines.

Over the course of their four years in the Honors College, students are eligible to apply for a total $4,500 in SCHC research funding. This includes SURF (Scientific Undergraduate Research Fellowship), Exploration, and Senior Thesis funding, but does not include SCHC travel funding. Research grant funding is awarded as a student stipend. Students should note, however, that SURF and Exploration funds cannot be used to support senior thesis research while a student is enrolled in SCHC 499 or another senior thesis class. Projects supported by undergraduate research funds may later be developed into a senior thesis, but students seeking financial support during the senior thesis process should apply for a senior thesis grant.
 

Funding Opportunities

The following three programs offer funding opportunities for undergraduate research:

 

Students interested in learning more about these opportunities should visit the current students page for additional information. 

 

2015-2016 Grant Recipients
 

Brooklynn Bailey, Experimental Psychology
Mentor: Bret Kloos
Title: Third-Wave Development of “The Cola Guide”

Victoria Baldock, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Esmaiel Jabbari
Title: The Effect of Peptides on Breast Cancer Stem Cells Maintenance and Tumorsphere Formation within PEDGA Hydragel

Colin Basham, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Adam Hartstone-Rose
Title: 3D Muscle Fiber Architecture of a Ring-Tailed Lemur

Victoria Belcher, Anthropology/Business Economics
Mentor: Kara Brown
Title: Comparative Study of Teacher Interpretations of Pre-Primary Civic Education

Arthur Braswell, History/English
Mentor: David Snyder
Title: The Segregation of Civil Defense

Kaitlyn Bretz, Environmental Science
Mentor: Jennifer Pournelle
Title: Establishing Stratigraphic Boundaries Near Basra, Iraq, Using S180 and S13C Stable Isotope Analyses in Macrofossils

Alexis Brewe, Psychology
Mentor: Jane Roberts
Title: Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Project: Infant Study

Christina-Lin Brown, Biology
Mentor: Maria Marjorette Pena
Title: The Effect of Elevated Circulating Levels of IL-33 on Metastasis of Colorectal Cancer

Chris Buckman, Mathematics/Statistics
Mentor: Edsel Pena
Title: Modeling Cascading Information in the Stock Market

Christina Cantu, Psychology
Mentor: Jane Roberts
Title: Non-verbal Communication in the FMR1-Premutation

Anthony Carson, Sport and Entertainment Management
Mentor: John Grady
Title: Rule 40 and Olympic Athlete Sponsorship

Emily Cieslak, Biology
Mentor: Kate Flory
Title: First-hand Experience of Psychological Research Processes

Lacie Cochran, Computer Engineering
Mentor: Jason Bakos
Title: FPGA-based Convolutional Neural Network

Elizabeth Crummy, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Melissa Moss
Title: Attenuation of AB Apoptosis by Polyphenols

Nathan Feld, Mathematics
Mentor: Hong Wang
Title: Fast Numerical Methods for Anomalous Diffusion

Brock Fletcher, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Brian BenicewiczSy
Title: Synthesis of Protein-based Nanoparticles

Meghan Franco, Biology/Russian
Mentor: Susan Richardson
Title: Drinking Water Extraction Method

Catherine Garner, Biology
Mentor: Johannes Stratmann
Title: Regulation of Plant Defensive Responses to Herbivores and Pathogens by MAP Kinase Phosphates

Ryan Geiser, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Melissa Moss
Title: Polyphenol Alzheimer’s Therapeutics

Laura Godenick, Psychology
Mentor: Sonya Jones
Title: COPASCities and the Real Food Challenge

Abby Gould, English/Spanish
Mentor: Donald Greiner
Title: John Updike Collection

Alicia Grant, Biology
Mentor: Adam Hartstone-Rose
Title: Carnivore Masticatory Muscle Architecture Analysis

Nicholas Greene, Electrical Engineering
Mentor: Scott Crittenden
Title: Magnetic Changes in Metallic Thin Films

Weston Grove, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Scott Supowit
Title: Therapeutic Potential of Calcitonin Gene Related-Peptide to Prevent Heart Failure

Kris Hacker, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Jason Hattrick-Simpers
Title: Synthesis and Characterization of HEA Thin Films

Luke Havens, Biology
Mentor: Daniel Speiser
Title: Flicker Fusion Rate of the Chiton Acanthopleura granulata

Tien Thuy Ho, Mathematics/Computer Science
Mentor: Roger Dougal
Title: Developing a 3D Visualization Tool for the Virtual/Cloud-based SHIL Design

John Isenhower, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Xiao-Dong Zhou
Title: The Effects of Particle Size on the Cyclability of Germanium Anodes for Lithium-Ion Batteries

Harshita Jain, Biology
Mentor: Deborah Billings
Title: Researching and Addressing the Contexts Behind Women’s Decisions in Seeking Healthcare During Delivery in Rural India

Juliet Joseph, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Mythreye Karthikeyan
Title: Understanding the Mechanisms of BMP-induced EMT in Colon Cancer

Jonathan Keefe, Psychology
Mentor: Jessica Green
Title: Individual Differences in Inhibition of Return

Samuel Keeney, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Esmaiel Jabbari
Title: The Effect of Peptides on Breast Cancer Stem Cells Maintenance and Tumorsphere Formation within PEDGA Hydragel

Christiana Keinath, Biology
Mentor: Amit Almor
Title: Nature and Processing of Epithets

James Ledbetter, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Scott Goode
Title: USF Summer Research in Hearing Loss

Ross Lordo, Exercise Science
Mentor: Ann Ramsdell
Title: Mammary Gland Laterality

Abigail Loszko, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Andrew Greytak
Title: Effect of Endogenous Ligands on the Biocompatibility of Quantum DOTs

Morgan Lundy, English
Mentor: Susan Vanderborg
Title: Interacting with Fiction

Rachel Lunsford, International Business/Finance
Mentor: Nina Moreno
Title: The Immersion Process: Linguistic Cultural Awareness

Rebecca McCord, Psychology
Mentor: Kate Flory
Title: Social and Academic Impairment of Children with ADHD

Ryan McCormick, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Esmaiel Jabbari
Title: The Effect of Organic Acid Additives on Mineralization Properties of Aligned Polymer Microfibers

Hayley Miller, Biology
Mentor: Daniel Speiser
Title: Pupillary Response in the Concave Mirror Eye of Scallops

Arianna Miskin, Psychology
Mentor: Kate Flory
Title: Exploring Undergraduate Research

Megan Mitchell, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Thomas Makris
Title: In Vivo Production of Hydrocarbons for Fuels

Isaac Molyneux, Mathematics
Mentor: Edsel Pena
Title: Actuarial Study of Urban Parking

Colman Moore, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Melissa Moss
Title: Isoflavones as Potential Modulators of Amyloid-B Aggregation Associated with Alzheimer’s Disease

Elizabeth Moore, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Melissa Moss
Title: Transport of Amyloid-Beta Aggregates by P-Glycoprotein in Alzheimer’s Disease

Trevor Morris, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Maksymilian Chruszcz
Title: Quantitative Analysis of Histidine Tags Effect on the stability and Activity of Various Proteins Using Thermal Shift Assay

Allie Morrison, Psychology
Mentor: Bret Kloos
Title: Developing the Housing and Homelessness Action Research Network

Michael Owens, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Tim Mousseau
Title: Epigenetic Effects of Radiation Exposure

Lucas Padgett, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Melanie Palomares
Title: The Effect of Visual Noise on the Accuracy of Enumeration

Laharee Parikh, Biology
Mentor: Rekha Patel
Title: Investigation of Molecular Mechanisms

Shrusti Patel, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Ann Ramsdell
Title: Mammary Gland Laterality

Taylor Radford, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Maksymilian Chruszcz
Title: GST Crystalization

Victor Reynolds, Computer Science
Mentor: Chin-Tser Huang
Title: Development of Tools for Digital Event Excavation in Internet Archaeology

Hannah Riley, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Campbell McInnes
Title: Effectivity of PLKs on Inducing Apoptosis in Mutant P53 Cells

Zak Roth, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Deanna Smith
Title: The Effect of Lis1 Knockout on Neural Cardiac Innervation

Lynn Schutte, Psychology
Mentor: Jane Roberts
Title: Neurodevelopmental Disability Project: Infant Study

Sydney Severyn, Biological Sciences
Mentor: Maria Marjorette Pena
Title: The Role of Exosomes in Liver Metastasis of Colorectal Cancer

Justin Sindoni, Biological Sciences
Mentor: Tim Mousseau
Title: Comet Assay and DNA Damage

Madison Stewart, Exercise Science
Mentor: Dawn Wilson
Title: Environmental and Circumstantial Effects on Health

Himabindu Vinnakota, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Mentor: Thomas Makris
Title: Biosynthesis and Tailoring of Antibiotics in Bacteria

Tyler Wagner, Pharmacy
Mentor: Brandon Bookstaver
Title: Antimicrobial Stewardship Intervention to Optimize Management of Hospitalized Patients with Clostridium difficile Infection

Austin Williams, Biology
Mentor: John Nelson
Title: The Vascular Flora of Gills Creek Watershed

Victoria Willingham, Biology
Mentor: Rekha Patel
Title: Triple Mutant PACT-induced PKR Activation

2014-2015 Grant Recipients

Surf Grant

William Allen, Exercise Science
Mentor: Jay Potts, Cell Biology
Title: Effects of Fluid Dynamics

Tyler Antonelli, Finance
Mentor: Adam Hartstone-Rose       
Title: 3D Laser Scan Reconstruction

Alexander Auerback, Mathematics/Philosophy
Mentor: Joshua Cooper, Mathematics        
Title: Perturbations and Bezout's Theorem

Andrew Banks, Marine Science/Biological Science
Mentor: Ronald Benner, Marine Science   
Title: CDOM in the Carbon Cycle

Taylor Barnes, Pre-pharmacy
Mentor: Brandon Bookstaver, Pharmacy  
Title: Public Perception of Pharmacy

Connor Brunson, Public Health
Mentor: Kelly Mulvey, Education   
Title: Homeless Perceptions of Health Care

Luke Bassett, Marine Science
Mentor: Tammi Richardson, Marine Science        
Title: Relative Contributions of Small Phytoplankton in Productivity

Christina Cantu, Psychology
Mentor: Jane Roberts, Psychology  
Title: Pragmatic NVC in FMR1 Permutations

Michaela Close, Biology
Mentor: Minsub Shim          
Title: Examining how Jag2 inhibits p53

Lacie Cochran, Computer Engineering
Mentor: Jason Bakos, Computer Science   
Title: FPGA Computer Vision

John Craver, Neuroscience
Mentor: Jeffrey Twiss, Biological Science   
Title: mRNA Localization in an Injured PNS

Elizabeth Crummy, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Melissa Moss, Chemical Engineering       
Title: Amyloid Beta Aggregation Effects on NF-kB Activation in SHSY5Y Cells

Matthew Csonka, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Mentor: Richard Showman, Biological Science      
Title:  Regulation of mtDNA in Mytilus sp.

Jeffrey Davis, Mathematics
Mentor:  Joshua Cooper, Mathematics       
Title: The Abelian Sandpile Model

Carter  DeGennaro, Exercise Science
Mentor: Raja Fayad  
Title: The Mechanism of Action of Quinoxaline Di-N-Oxide

Jason Eckert, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Mentor: Peisheng Xu, Biomedical Science
Title: Targeted MSN for Cancer Treatment

Randy Fang, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Jason Hattrick-Simpers, Chemical Engineering  
Title:  Synthesis and Characterization of FeCrAl

Weston Grove, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Esmaiel Jabbari, Chemcial Engineering  
Title: Fabrication of Biometic Nanofibers

Tyler Hernandez, Chemistry/Mathematics
Mentor: William Jones, Environmental Health Sciences  
Title: Structural Aspects of Chemical Signatures

Mason Holtel, Biology
Mentor: Jeff Dudycha, Biology        
Title: Epigenetics and Variation of Lifespan

Katrina Hounchell, Marine Science
Mentor: Joseph Quattro, Biological Science           
Title: Genetic Analysis of Fish Eggs

Brian Hurst, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Jason Hattrick- Simpers, Chemical Engineering
Title: Investigation of Magnetic Material

Colin Johnson, Biological Sciences
Mentor: Andrew Greytak, Chemistry         
Title: The Biocompatibility of Nanoparticles

Corey King, Civil/Environmental Engineering
Mentor: James Burch, Epidemiology          
Title: La Victoria Irrigation System

Vincent Klapper, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Mentor: Maksymilian Chruszcz, Chemistry           
Title:  Structual and Inhibitory Analysis

Samuel Lee, Biochemistry
Mentor: Michael Shtutman, Biomedical Science   
Title: Examining Time Dependency

Nicholas Lenze, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Mentor: Mythreye Karthikeyan, Chemistry          
Title: Defining the intersecting roles of TGB

Richard McCain, Biology
Mentor: Jun Zhu, Psychology          
Title: Impact of HIV-1 Tat Protein on DAT

Abigail McConahay, Biology
Mentor: Jerry Hilbish, Biology         
Title: Response of Arctic Barnacles

Ryan McCormick, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Esmaiel Jabbari, Chemcial Engineering  
Title: Synthesis of Microtubule Scaffolds

Leah McGovern, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: John Weidner, Chemical Engineering     
Title: Effect of Contaminants on Fuel Cells

Trevor Morris, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Mentor: Maksymilian Chruszcz      
Title: Quantitative Analysis of SAG and NAD

Michael Owens, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Mentor: Tim Mousseau       
Title: Epigenetic Effects of Radiation Exposure

Shawn Patel, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Esmaiel Jabbari, Chemical Engineering  
Title: Modified Nanofibers for Bone Repair

Tanner Pearson, Physics/Math
Mentor: Thomas Crawford
Title: Customized NP Self-Assembly

Jacquline Plyler, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Miao Yu, Chemical Engineering   
Title: Graphene Oxide for Kidney Dialysis

Taylor Radford, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Mentor: Maksymilian Chruszcz      
Title: GST Crystallization

Zak Roth, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Deanna Smith        
Title: Neuronal Dynein Motor Expression

Justin Sindoni, Biological Sciences
Mentor: Tim Mousseau       
Title: Chernobyl Dragonflies

John Snider, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Mythreye Karthikeyan, Chemistry          
Title: Matrix Effects on Protein Activity

Paul Stanzione, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Xiao Dong Zhou, Chemical Engineering  
Title: Synthesis of Materials for Batteries

Taylor Turnbull, Biology
Mentor: Richard Showman, Biological Science      
Title: Quantitation of mitoDNA variants during early development in the Blue Mussel

Tyler Wagner, Pre-Pharmacy
Mentor: Brandon Bookstaver, Pharmacy  
Title: Safety and Tolerability of Stribild

Bridgette Wellslager, Biology
Mentor: Minsub Shim, Biology        
Title: Study of an Accurate Mouse Model

John Welsh, Chemical Engineering
Mentor: Xiao Dong Zhou, Chemcial Engineering  
Title: Reduction of Carbon Dioxide

Victoria Willingham, Biology
Mentor: Rekha Patel, Biological Sciences   
Title: Frameshift Mutation in PACT Gene

Exploration Grants

Victoria Anderson, Biology
Mentor: Scott Decker, Psychology  
Title: CES QEEG Study

Alexa Black, Psychology
Mentor: Kate Flory, Psychology      
Title: An Investigation of SCT in children with ADHD

Alexis Brewe, Psychology
Mentor: Jane Roberts          
Title: Neurodevelopmental Disability Project

Bryttin Boyde, Anthropology
Mentor: Jan Eberth  
Title: Spatial Accessibility to Endoscopy

Nancy Edwards, Chemisty/Athletic Training
Mentor: Jim Mensch, Athletic Training      
Title: USC Youth Sports Safety Program

Andrea Eggleston, Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: James Burch, Epidemiology          
Title: Community Based Engineering

Grant Fleming, BARSC (International Development)
Mentor: Edward Carr, Geography  
Title: Mali Agrometeor, Advisory Analysis

Miguel Garcia, Philosophy/Classics
Mentor: James Cutsinger, Religious Studies          
Title: Pedagogy and Intro into Philosophy

Charles Harding, Marketing/Music
Mentor: David Cutler, Music Entrepreneurship   
Title: A Study of the Benefits of an Arts Advocacy

Harshita Jain, Biology
Mentor: Deborah Billings, Health Promotion        
Title: Researching and Addressing the Contexts Behind Women's Decisions in Seeking Health care pre and post delivery in rural India

Brian Kean, Marketing and Management
Mentor: Kate Flory, Psychology      
Title: Exploring Psychological Research

Jake Martin, Economics
Mentor: Alexander Matros, Economics      
Title: Randomized Private Value Lotteries

Rebecca McCord, Psychology
Mentor: Kate Flory, Psychology      
Title: Learning the Research Process

Ellery Moore,  Experimental Psychology
Mentor: Bret Kloos, Psychology      
Title: Adapting Attitudes on Homelessness

Allie Morrison, Psychology
Mentor: Bret Kloos, Psychology      
Title: Changing Homelessness Attitudes

William Richardson, Biology/Philosophy
Mentor: Daniel Buxhoeveden, Religion and Science        
Title: A Handbook to Science and Religion

Christina Romano, Psychology
Mentor: Joshua Gold, Counselor Education           
Title: Spiritual Evolution in Undergraduates

Eric Roper, English
Mentor: Patrick Scott, Rare Books/ Libraries        
Title: The American Poems of Gavin Turnbull

Emma Satzger, BARSC (Global Community Health)
Mentor: Joshua Grace, History
Title: History of Development in Africa

Alison  Schriro, Mathematics
Mentor: Elizabeth Sudduth, Rare Books/ Ted Rosengarten, Jewish Studies
Title: Then and Now: Warsaw's Recovery

Victoria Sharpe, BARSC
Mentor: Dirk-Bart den Ouden, Communication Sciences
Title: Semantic Organization of Nouns and Verbs

Erin Steiner, Political Science/Women & Gender Studies
Mentor: Shelley Smith, Sociology    
Title: Ghanaian Students' Perception of Skin Tone

Brooke Troxell, Biology
Mentor: Jessica Green, Psychology
Title: Neural Correlates of Attention