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Two USC students earn Erasmus Mundus scholarships to pursue master’s degrees abroad

Kathleen Barnwell and Carlos Sanchez Julia are 2024 recipients of Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters scholarships.

Gamecocks in Germany: six USC students awarded DAAD scholarships

Molly Conway, Shannon DePratter, Parker Huggins, Shruti Jadhav, Vansh Nagpal and Lydia Pless have been awarded scholarships from DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service. This is the largest cohort of University of South Carolina students ever to earn DAAD funding for summer research and internships in Germany.

USC Announces Three Critical Language Scholarship Recipients

Eli Hatcher, Jahleel Johnson and Sophia Rowan have been awarded the 2024 Critical Language Scholarship for intensive language study.

Honors College student wins Truman Scholarship

Reese Lycan embodies the spirit of the Truman Scholarship. With an eye on becoming a physician, the Honors College junior also wants to advocate for better health care access, particularly for low-income residents of rural Appalachia.

USC has 3 Goldwater scholars in 2024

Three University of South Carolina Honors College students were awarded prestigious Goldwater scholarships Friday, March 29.

Tourney Talk: HoopsHD interviews South Carolina band member Brayden Russell

Between meeting Honors requirements and Carolina Band activities, Honors student Brayden Russell remains busy as he pursues a chemical engineering degree and prepares to perform at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Mechanical engineering student wants to find practical solutions to real world problems

Honors student Alex Alpert, a fourth-year mechanical engineering major, turned his childhood curiosity for how machines function into a passion for building machines to solve real world issues.

Aspiring teacher embraces history's role in guiding future generations

Honors student and McNair scholarship recipient Gracie Vess hopes to shape the future by becoming a high school history teacher.

Honors College class digs for artifacts on Horseshoe, educates on history of enslaved people

For the first time in over 50 years, USC has granted permission to conduct excavations on the Horseshoe for Honors students in the course Digging Through the Past: Exploring the Archaeological Resources of USC.

Student body president turned OB-GYN brings public health mindset to patient care

Since graduating from medical school, former student body president turned OB-GYN Ross Lordo has been making meaningful connections with patients in Greenville.

SC Women's Club Ice Hockey has successful inaugural season

Honors senior Hana Donnelly is cofounder of USC’s first women’s club hockey team. The inaugural team finished their first season ranked second in the newfound College Hockey South Women’s Division.

USC students bring untold history of Sumter, S.C., to the public

Honors students contribute in the classroom by creating a traveling exhibit and conducting oral histories that will tell the story of Williams Furniture Company, the business started by Oliver Lafayette Williams, the “Williams” of today’s Williams-Brice Stadium.

USC announces new designation, initiatives to support first-gen students

Honors first-gen coordinator Amanda Heinsman is committed to championing for first-generation students’ success as USC invests in supportive infrastructure.

Carolina Band drum major awarded scholarship to study health policy at USC’s Joseph F. Rice School of Law

Honors student Meredith Rhodes is now is the final semester as a public major. Not only has she maintained a 4.0 GPA, but she's already been selected as a Carolina Law Research Scholar to attend the Joseph F. Rice School of Law.

Newberry junior wins first place in annual state writing contest

One senior and three juniors have won the top awards in the annual South Carolina High School Writing Contest. Presented by the South Carolina Honors College, the contest asks the same question each year: How can we make South Carolina better?

Undergraduate students win Tulane Health Policy Case Competition

Honors College students Anusha Ghosh and Muskaan Makkar and Capstone Scholar Hima Vadlamani are the 2023 winners of the nationwide Tulane Health Policy Case Competition, which invited undergraduate students to propose solutions to New Orleans’ homelessness crisis.

A Letter from the Dean

Dean Steven Lynn shares an update on the state of the South Carolina Honors College and the many exciting things ahead.

USC and SCHC alumnus Roger Barnette Cycle of influence

Following in his father's footsteps, Roger Barnette attended the University of South Carolina, loved his college experience and learned what he needed to have successful career. Now he's helping the Honors College recruit today's top talent from the Atlanta area and beyond.

'Where there's hope, there's life'

Having lived in Amsterdam, Brazil, Paris and Washington, D.C., Coy Gibson is happy to be in his home state of South Carolina. And with good reason: His position as director of finance and operations of the Anne Frank Center at the University of South Carolina allows him to boost the Palmetto State’s reputation as a forward-moving place to live.

The strategist

Alumna Sharon Panelo was an English major in the South Carolina Honors College 21 years ago, but she always knew she “wanted to find that intersection of what I’m good at, what the world needs and how I can make a living, of course.” Today, she brings her love of literature and talent for creative writing to the world of strategic communications.

Because the oceans affect us all: Professor brings fun critters, surprising humanity to Oceans course

Honors professor Michelle Hardee not only brings science into the classroom but fun and humanity as well. Her devotion to Honors students and the oceans is why she received the Honors Outstanding Faculty Award this year.

24/7 PR: Stephen Brown’s multiverses

PR guru, movie critic, collector and diehard Gamecock fan — alumnus Stephen Brown does a little bit of everything

Honors presents alumni awards at 2023 Homecoming Brunch

Nothing says homecoming more than alumni returning to their alma mater and reconnecting over good food and even better memories. That is why the Honors College has hosted their annual Brunch for alumni and their families for over 20 years.

Origin of USC fall break

If you've got big plans for your Fall Break this week, you can thank Honors College alumnus Jim Franklin, the third African American student body president at USC, who says the mid-semester break was the “one wish” of his administration after he was elected in 1988.

Honors Family Picnic is the biggest yet

The South Carolina Honors College saw their biggest attendance ever for the annual Honors Family Weekend Picnic. This year, 2,285 people registered, approximately 500 more people than last year.


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