Research at South Carolina
Research is a learning tool of the highest order at the University of South Carolina. Discovery allows us to illuminate history, contextualize the present, and help plan for what’s to come.
Scientific research, scholarship and creative activity abound throughout USC. That focused presence within nearly all colleges, departments and campuses of the state’s flagship university is one reason Carnegie Foundation has designated South Carolina as an institution of very high research activity.
Built for overcoming barriers.
The University of South Carolina is one of the nation’s leading, large-scale research enterprises. Within our campus centers, labs and collectives, students scour for answers alongside experienced faculty. Whether the challenge is formulating new ways to inspire healthier communities or developing new fuel cells, be part of addressing tomorrow’s challenges, today.Student Research Opportunities
Achieving New Understanding
USC is home to world-class research and researchers. Get to know the university’s knowledge seekers and learn how their work generates innovation from arts and humanities to mathematics, engineering and the sciences.Breakthrough Research
USC is home to interdisciplinary expert research teams that are exploring solutions to five scientific and societal challenges facing South Carolina. Their discoveries can have wider implications — benefitting any state grappling with these significant scientific and societal challenges.Research Institutes
As the US begins to build offshore wind farms, scientists say many questions remain about impacts on the oceans and marine life
As renewable energy production expands across the U.S., the environmental impacts of these new sources are receiving increased attention. The Conversation asked USC marine scientist Erin L. Meyer-Gutbrod and others to explain the key findings of a recent report on how offshore wind farms in the Nantucket Shoals region could affect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales.
USC clinicians bring new tactics to challenge of stroke, neurological disorders in SC
South Carolina has a big shortage of neurologists for its population. While there are efforts in place to address that problem, the University of South Carolina’s School of Medicine in Columbia already has taken major steps to provide better comprehensive stroke care across the state.
USC researchers energize new SC Nexus initiative
In the past two years, companies focused on battery development and electric vehicles have invested around $11 billion in the Palmetto State.Many of those firms have research ties with the University of South Carolina, which has more than a dozen faculty members and scores of graduate and undergraduate students engaged in battery and battery-related research.
Searching for hidden connections
A team of researchers, including several in the College of Pharmacy, are hoping to use the computing power of artificial intelligence to find subtle connections among the hundreds of drug-therapy studies published each year. The researchers are mining data on approved drugs and their outcomes, particularly in patients with HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders.
Investing in Research
USC generated $237 million in sponsored awards in 2022. Every investment in the pursuit of furthering knowledge helps us create an environment that supports the scholarly and creative activities of all faculty and students and provides the infrastructure necessary for a leading research university. See our funding in action.Research Dashboards
The Leading Edge of Health Sciences
USC is the state’s most comprehensive health sciences teaching and research institution. Nationally recognized programs in medicine, nursing, social work, public health, pharmacy, biochemistry, business, computing and others blend classroom learning and unique health care provider partnerships to create premier health sciences learning experiences for students.Health Sciences
Office of Vice President for Research
At our research-intensive university, a team is dedicated to supporting the entire
spectrum of research and scholarly activities at USC, and assisting faculty and student
researchers with every step in the research process.
Vice President for Research: Dr. Julius Fridriksson