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. 

 

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