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
Focus SC: New institutes will use cutting-edge research to solve South Carolina problems
In May, the University of South Carolina announced that it will invest $10 million over the next four years in five new interdisciplinary research institutes that will address some of the Palmetto State’s biggest challenges, including health, education and water quality. USC Today talked with Vice President for Research Julius Fridriksson about the genesis and goals of the initiative.
Health Watch: Concussion 101 for caregivers
For families and organizations that participate in youth sports, it’s important to recognize the risks and harms of concussions and brain injuries. USC clinical assistant professor of pediatrics, Dr. Jeff Holloway, breaks down concussion basics for caregivers, including symptoms, recovery time and when to see a physician.
Transformative Peru winter session shapes student passions, career plans
In 2021, a group of 20 students from across majors and class standings journeyed to Peru to explore the modern day capital city of Lima as well as the ancient Incan capital in Cusco and the sacred site of Machu Picchu. This year, another cohort will return for a winter session to explore the rich history and culture of Peru.
ICYMI: Ten big things happening at the university
The university never sleeps, but it does slow down a bit during the summer. With the start of the fall semester, here’s a reminder of some recent happenings that you might have missed, plus a heads up about some major upcoming events.
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