SC EPSCoR Program announces 2018 Scientific Advocate Network (SAN) Program recipients

For Immediate Release
April 20, 2018

(Columbia, SC) The SC EPSCoR State Office is pleased to announce the grant recipients of the 2018 Scientific Advocate Network (SAN) Program.

SAN Program funding was made possible by South Carolina’s National Science Foundation EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track-1 award, MADE in SC. SAN aims to increase diversity in materials research and education with a goal of increasing diversity of the pipeline of under-represented minority (URM), women, and persons with disabilities pursuing and completing STEM degrees and provides two primary funding types: 1) support for URM students in MADE in SC research, including travel to meetings, and 2) support for increasing the recruitment of a diverse group of graduate students.

The vision of MADE in SC is to discover and establish new and sustainable approaches for the design and assembly of hierarchical materials at multiple relevant length scales that service South Carolina’s STEM research, education, and workforce needs and invigorate economic development. The focus of this initiative is to discover and develop new intelligently designed optical, electrochemical and magnetic materials, stimuli-responsive polymeric materials, and interactive biomaterials, all supported by a newly-created Multiscale Modeling and Computation Core.

Nine awards with a maximum budget of $10,000 each have been made to investigators at four South Carolina universities:

Angela Alexander-Bryant
Clemson University

Targeted Recruitment of Underrepresented Minority Graduate Students in Bioengineering

Matthew Boylan
University of South Carolina

Graduate Recruiting in Mathematics at the University of South Carolina

Eric Davis
Clemson University

Improving Graduate Student Diversity in Chemical Engineering at Clemson University via Recruiting and Retention

Michael Matthews
University of South Carolina

Diversifying the Engineering Graduate Student Body at USC-Columbia for MADE in SC

Oliver Myers
Clemson University

Investigations of Functional Shape Variable Bistable Composite Laminate Design

Angela Peters
Claflin University

Biomaterials Research Summer Internship Program (BR-SIP)

Natalia Shustova
University of South Carolina

An Educational Support Network for Minority Students in STEM Disciplines

Jijun Tang
University of South Carolina

Recruiting and Retaining a Diversified Group of Graduate Students in Computer Science and Engineering

Cynthia Wright
Medical University of South Carolina

ABRCMS Student Travel and Registration Costs

MADE in SC is supported by the National Science Foundation Award #OIA-1655740.


Contact Information

Media inquiries should be made to: Cyndy Buckhaults, Communications Manager, email, (803) 546-4569
General inquiries regarding this program should be made to: April Heyward, MRA, Program Manager, email, (803) 733-9068