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The University of South Carolina Libraries is pleased to announce the inaugural Graduate Student Data Visualization Award competition. Submissions are being accepted during the Fall 2023 semester. Judging will take place in January 2024 with the award(s) being announced and presented during Love Data Week 2024 (Valentine's Day week). 

This competition is designed to:

  • Highlight research by current University of South Carolina graduate students.
  • Celebrate excellence using data visualization to encourage and enhance knowledge explanation and comprehension.
  • Promote data literacy and effective data visualization creation and presentation.
  • Encourage awareness of data literacy services and resources provided by the University Libraries.

The Graduate Student Data Visualization Award offers USC graduate students the opportunity to show off their skills using data visualization in their research.  


Refer to the Graduate Student Data Visualization Award webpage for details.

Posted 11/9/2023

The Research, Evaluation, and Measurement Center (REM Center), housed in USC’s College of Education, is accepting applications from interested graduate students for consideration of part-time employment as a Graduate Research Assistant for Spring and Summer 2024. The REM Center’s dual mission focuses their efforts on providing excellent services to clients and on enhancing the educational experiences of Graduate Research Assistants.


Graduate Research Assistants connect the skills learned in their classes on research methods to their work with the REM Center. Graduate Research Assistants work in teams under the guidance of a faculty lead and one or more research staff members. Duties for REM Center Graduate Research Assistants include:

· Review of literature

· Data entry, organization, and management

· Basic quantitative data analysis (e.g., frequencies, descriptive statistics)

· Development of data collection instruments (e.g., surveys, rubrics, protocols)

· Qualitative data collection and analysis (e.g., interviews, focus groups, site visits)

· Technical report writing

· Advanced quantitative data analysis


Applicants must be graduate students at USC and be enrolled full-time in the semester(s) for which they are employed. Familiarity with computers is required, including proficiency in Microsoft Office. Prior or current coursework in research methods and background and interest in PK-12 education are helpful. The office supports SPSS, SAS, and R for data analysis. Strong communications skills and a willingness to learn are important considerations.

Preferred qualifications for current openings include experience in the following:
conducting survey analysis, creating data visualizations, conducting and analyzing focus groups and interviews in school settings, and synthesizing multiple data sources in a written report.

Time Commitment

Graduate Assistants typically work 20 hours/week during the academic year and set their schedules in consultation with their supervisor during the standard work week (daytime hours Monday-Friday). Work Is primarily performed on campus with office space in the REM Center provided. Occasional off-campus meetings and travel in SC may be required.


The minimum salary for the spring semester at 20 hours per week is $10,500, depending on qualifications. Summer employment is available at the same base rate and may include more hours.

Application Instructions

Email Dr. Ashlee Lewis, REM Center Assistant Director, at with a statement of interest, your current curriculum vitae or resume, at least one technical writing sample (can be a class paper), and the names and contact information of three references.

Posted 10/31/2023

The National Fellowships and Scholar Programs office is seeking a Graduate Staff Assistant to join their team. The GSA will work with the Assistant Director of National Fellowships to support communications and outreach work for graduate fellowships and graduate student professional development opportunities.


· Assist in preparing newsletters, announcements, social media posts, and other communications. for graduate fellowships and the Graduate Student Resources Hub.

· Coordinate the Graduate Fellowship Peer Mentors program.

· Represent National Fellowships at outreach events on campus.

· Maintain accurate entries for graduate fellowships in online database. · Staff front desk for Graduate Student Resources Hub in Close-Hipp.


· Enrolled in a graduate degree program for Spring 2024.

· Detail-oriented.

· Ability to work independently.

· Previous experience in an office environment or with communications and social media outreach is a plus.

· previous experience applying for an external fellowship or grant helpful but not required.

Time Commitment

This position is for 10 hours/week, Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. for the Spring semester and is flexible to accommodate the student’s class schedule. Position may be renewed for Spring semester depending on performance. The pay is $15 per hour. This position does not include a tuition waiver.

Non-Discrimination Statement

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.

Application Process

Apply for this position by November 7 at 11:59 PM with Handshake (Job Ad #8368464)

For questions about this opportunity please contact:

Matthew Klopfenstein (

Posted 10/31/2023

Dr. Sicheng Wang, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography, is hiring a graduate research assistant at the Ph.D. level who will help with assisting research projects run by the Lab of Spatial Intelligence for Inclusion and Resilience (SIIR) in Spring 2024. His lab is conducting research on multiple topics, including the social, economic, and policy implications of autonomous vehicles, behavioral changes related to telework, and transportation and housing equity in South Carolina.


The job responsibility includes conducting literature reviews, extracting, cleaning, and recoding primary or secondary data, creating and distributing surveys, performing quantitative data analysis and data visualization, and writing reports and manuscripts. The student has opportunities to lead or co-author journal papers derived from their work.

The position will start at the beginning of Spring 2024 and continue throughout the entire semester. The position may be extended throughout the summer (June - August 2024) depending on the projects’ timelines. The hired student will work for 10 hours per week, $20 per hour, and 14 weeks/semester. Most work can be done virtually. The student will meet with Dr. Wang weekly to update the project's progress.



  • Ph.D. student at USC;
  • Good quantitative data analysis knowledge and skills using advanced statistic programs such as Python and R;
  • Experiences with literature review;
  • Experiences with large datasets;
  • High self-motivation in research and good time management skills.


  • Good report and manuscript writing skills;
  • Records of peer-reviewed journal publications;
  • Experiences with creating and/or distributing surveys; and
  • Effective interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills. 

Please submit your brief letter of interest, CV/resume, a writing sample, and a list of contacts of two references to Dr. Sicheng Wang ( Screening and interviews will start immediately and be open until the position is filled.  

Posted 10/31/2023

Attention graduate students interested in working for the federal government: applications for the Boren Awards are open.

The Boren program funds eligible graduate students in all programs and degree types to undertake intensive language study abroad and provides preparation for internationally-focused careers in the federal government.

About the Boren program
  • Advanced graduate students are encouraged to conduct research in addition to their intensive language study.
  • Fellowship recipients commit to work for at least one year for a federal agency.
    • Fellows have gone on to careers in the Departments of State, Homeland Security, Defense, and Commerce as well as intelligence agencies, USAID, and more!
Next steps:
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Posted 10/18/2023

University 101 is accepting applications for new instructors for fall 2024. Prospective instructors should submit the new instructor application, along with a cover letter and resume. 

  • master's degree or higher from an accredited institution (official transcript required)
  • status as a full-time university employee, retiree of USC Columbia, or Ph.D. student
  • completion of the Teaching Experience Workshop
  • approval by the instructor's supervisor or department chair
  • approval by the director of University 101 Programs
  • participate in regular professional development opportunities offered by University 101 Programs
Application Process

  Visit the University 101 Programs web page for full application instructions.


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