January 16, 2020

Announcing New SAN Awards!


The SAN Program is designed to meet the strategic goals of MADE in SC (NSF Award #OIA-1655740) that are aimed at increasing diversity in SC materials research and education and in STEM fields statewide. Proposals submitted in response to the SAN solicitation were reviewed externally (outside South Carolina) and resulted in the following awards:

Type I Awards: Engaging URM Undergraduate Students in MADE in SC Research
Angela Alexander-Bryant
Clemson University

Summer Undergraduate Research in Nanobiotechnology
Enoch Adogla
Francis Marion University

Rational Design of Fluorogenic Dyes for Detection of Lipid  Peroxidation in Cells
Keith Brauss
Francis Marion University
Engaging URM Undergraduate Students in MADE in SC  Research that Involves Modeling, Computation, and  Supercomputers to Develop a Parallel Fast Multipole  Method Solver to Simulate Magnetic Fields for Optimizing  Material Structure in Liquid Melt
Type II Awards: Recruiting a Diverse Group of Graduate Students
Ming Hu
University of South Carolina

Unlocking the Relationship of Different Properties in  Materials Databases
Type III Awards: Support of Scientific Conferences, Symposia and Meetings
Nothing Awarded this cycle.
Type IV Awards: Other Specific Approaches to Broadening Participating in STEM
Derrick Swinton
Claflin University

2020 Biomaterials Research Summer Internship Program  for High School Students
John Kaup
Furman University 

Materials Science Camp for High School Teachers
Monica Gray
Coastal Carolina University
Broadening Participation in Engineering: A Research  Experience for High School Students and Teachers  Approach

Congratulations to the Award Recipients!

Program Highlights

Research Presentations:
  • Sessions on MADE in SC, Energy, Environment, Bioengineering, and other timely topics.
  • A Poster Session (morning and afternoon)
A Student Professional Development Program

Exhibiting opportunity for Graduate STEM programs at South Carolina universities to recruit students.

More details will be posted on the Conference website.

Deadline to submit Poster Abstracts: Monday, February 17
Submit your Poster Abstract by accessing the SC EPSCoR Portal

Conference Contact: April Heyward, SC EPSCoR Program Manager


The South Carolina EPSCoR Program provides funding to mainly support the MADE in SC project in the following areas: These include:

  • Research (seed funding programs: GEAR and GEAR-CRP)
  • Diversity and STEM Pipeline Development (SAN Program)
  • Small Business innovation (Phase-0 Program)
  • Specific Federal EPSCoR Proposal Development

Call for proposals for the above are announced throughout the year using this Newsletter. In addition to the SAN awards mentioned above, more award announcements (research seed funding and small business innovation) will be made in the next few weeks. A What has been awarded web page contains details about all awards made by the SC EPSCoR Program.

In a few months, a new cycle of solicitations will begin and will be publicized through this Newsletter. In the meantime, we encourage all those who are interested to review the current information about these programs on our website and look for the new solicitations when they are published.

News, Opportunities and Deadlines

The South Carolina Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Program enables teachers to engage in a six-week immersive research experience at an institution in their local area. RET represents a full-time commitment (35-40 hours/week) and provides financial support ($3,000 each) to participants, as well as a supplies budget (up to $500) to translate summer experiences into deliverables during the participant’s academic year instruction. The Program is currently seeking faculty to mentor a teacher(s) from their local area during Summer 2020. For additional information or for any questions, please contact RET Coordinator Dr. John Kaup by email or call (864) 294-3773.
Call for Nominations: Four-Year Institution Teacher of the Year Award is intended to honor examples of outstanding undergrad teaching at institutions of higher education in South Carolina. $250 award, a plaque, and recognition at the SCAS Annual Meeting. Open to full time instructors teaching a minimum of two courses (six contact hours)/semester and a minimum of three years at a their current institution. Only those teaching at SC institutions are eligible. Online nomination form and details. Due Feb 1.

SC Sea Grant Consortium Student FELLOWSHIPS
• Coastal Management Fellowship, due Jan 17
• Kathryn D Sullivan Earth and Marine
  Science Fellowship, due Jan 31
• John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship,
  due Feb 21 
Omnibus Proposal Grants
Program Development Grants

Questions? Contact Susannah Sheldon, SC Sea Grant Research and Fellowships Manager, (843) 953-2078, Email

JAN 21: 
NSF Research Coordination Networks in Undergraduate Biology Education

JAN 30: 
USDA Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes

Looking for collaborators?
Faculty:  Research Expertise Profiles 
Students:  Student Research Interests
SC Space Grant Consortium (NASA EPSCoR): FUNDING FOR STUDENTS – Due 5 pm, Jan 31
• Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF)
• Kathryn D. Sullivan Earth and Marine Science Fellowship
• Undergrad Student Research Award
• Minorities in STEM Research Award Program
• STEM Outreach Award Application
• Technical College Research Award
• Palmetto Academy STUDENT Applications

Questions? Contact Tara Scozzaro, SC Space Grant and SC NASA EPSCoR Program Manager, (843) 953-5463, Email

Feb. 17:
2020 State Conference Poster Abstracts Due

Funding Opportunities

• DOE  
• NIH 

More available on our online calendar

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