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College of Information and Communications

Internal Awards and Grants

The College of Information and Communications is committed to supporting collaborative research and creative scholarship across the college and with other units on campus.

2023-2024 CIC Internal Funding Program for Research and Creative Scholarship


Track I – Faculty-lead Research

Hashtaging for Change: Exploring the Inter-Group Relationship of Social Media Influencers During #BlackLivesMatter and #StopAsianHate.
Anli Xiao, Candice Edrington, Wesley Stevens
Award amount: $3,684

Resistance, Resilience and Engagement: Understanding the Social Media Practices of LGBTQ+ Youth
Leigh Moscowitz, Vanessa Kitzie, Jabari Evans
Award amount: $4,000

Assessing Perceptions of Source Credibility on Twitter for Emergency & Risk Communication
Brett Robertson, Shannon Bowen
Award amount: $3,850

Instructors’ Roles in Providing Equitable Access for Blind, Visually Impaired, and Print Disabled (BVIPD) Students at the University of South Carolina
Dick Kawooya, Eric Robinson, Clayton Copeland
Award amount: $3,250

Track II – Student-led Research

Examining the Sexual Health Information Seeking Practices of South Carolina Young Adults on Social Media
Alexander Vera
Award amount: $1,000

The Impact of Black Male Superintendents’ Race and Gender in Organizational Change
Keisa Gunby
Award amount: $345

Previous Years

YingYing Chen, Jungmi Jun, Sei-Hill Kim, and Jacob Long: $10,000 - Anti-Intellectualism on Twitter: An Analysis of the Source, Content, and Network Features

Candice Edrington, Tara Mortenson, and Sarah Johnson (SJMC Doctoral Student): $6,690 - Cultural Projection via #IAmaBlackMan Challenge on Instagram

Jabari Evans and Ellen Wartella (Northwestern University): $10,000 - Diversity & Youth Participatory Action Research Project involving Haven Studios in Chicago and Richland Library Teen Center

Darin Freeburg and iSchool Research Assistant (TBD): $6,300 - A Study of Knowledge Work in the Library

Tara Mortensen, Brian McDermott (UMass, Amherst), and Bob Wertz (SJMC Doctoral Student): $6,400 – CIC Internal Collaborative Research involving the Biometrics and User Experience Lab

Ehsan Mohammadi, Sei-Hill Kim, Holly Overton, Linwan Wu, Tara Mortensen, Taylor Wen - The Mosaic of Communication Science: An Analysis of 20 years of Academic Publications 

Tara Mortensen, Taylor Wen, Linwan Wu, Ehsan Mohammadi - Emotionality in Staff News Photography Versus Stock Photography 

Jungmi Jun, Ehsan Mohammadi, Kim Thompson - Social Conversation on the FDA’s Modified Risk Tobacco Products (MRTP) Authorization of IQOS and Young Adults’ Interest and Trial Intent of IQOS During the Pandemic

Amir Karami, Robert McKeever, Brooke McKeever, Brie Turner-McGrievy (Arnold School of Public Health) - Detecting and Characterizing Health Posts of Malicious Actors on Twitter


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