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