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Research Opportunities

One of the nation’s leading research enterprises is here at the University of South Carolina. From collaborative faculty to leading-edge facilities and resources, your opportunity to learn and discover at South Carolina is unmatched.

At South Carolina, our research is solving the world's greatest problems, finding innovative solutions, and helping society respond to ever-changing conditions. South Carolina is one of a select group of public universities ranked in research activity by the Carnegie Foundation. In 2022, our faculty garnered $237 million in external research and sponsored awards including partnerships with powerhouses including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and National Science Foundation (NSF)

Here, our students and faculty search for answers within advanced facilities, within economic, scientific and human-focused centers led by esteemed researchers, and on technology and infrastructure that’s relied upon globally from disciplines ranging from archaeology to public service. Another remarkable resource? University-wide support for scholarly activity, a full program of people, resources and opportunities that aid with grant management, student training, research compliance and funding.

What will you discover?

As the nation's No.27 flagship university according to U.S. News & World Report, South Carolina is a hub for collaborative, high-impact research and a major center for primary academic research. Our commitment to undergraduate research is visible in the more than $5 million awarded to thousands of undergraduate researchers for faculty-mentored research through the Magellan Scholar Program.

Undergraduate Research

Get Funding

South Carolina is one of the country’s leading research institutions, garnering $237 million in sponsored awards in 2022. Our research support offices help you connect with research resources and grants management as well as funding from internal and external resources and public or private collaborations.

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  • Follow Your Passion

    The University of South Carolina supports the creative and scholarly activities of faculty and students. More than just traditional sciences and exploration, our research opportunities promote innovation across areas such as the humanities and racial justice to math and engineering. 

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Share Your Findings

Each spring, South Carolina hosts a university-wide showcase of research, scholarship, leadership and creative projects by undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and medical scholars. Learn about our annual Discover USC event. 


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Join our team.

You can be part of our search for solutions that create healthier, better educated communities. The work you’ll do here at South Carolina can change the future of our world — for the better. 

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