September 10, 2020

The Scientific Advocate Network (SAN) program aims to increase diversity in materials research and education with a goal of increasing diversity of the STEM pipeline of Under Represented Minority (URM), women, and persons with disabilities.

Funding priority will be given to proposals that show significant promise to positively impact the diversity of the pipeline. To achieve this, the SAN program provides four primary funding types:

  • Support for URM undergraduate students in research related to MADE in SC
  • Support for increasing the recruitment of a diverse group of graduate students
  • Support for hosting scientific conferences, symposia, and meetings in South Carolina that aim to increase diversity of the STEM student pipeline
  • Support for other specific approaches to Broadening Participation in STEM

Full Proposal due Mon, Oct 26, 5 pm EST


Max Funding Amount Per Award: $10,000

Award Duration: 12 months

# of Awards: Depends on quality of proposals and availability of funds

Who May Apply

Investigator must be from a South Carolina college or university. Current SAN Awardees are eligible to apply for a Program Type different from the one for which they are currently funded.


Contact April Heyward

New SCAS Vice President

SC EPSCoR is pleased to announce April Heyward, SC EPSCoR Program Manager, was elected the new Vice President of the South Carolina Academy of Science on Friday, August 28, 2020. April has been involved with the Academy since 2017 and has been serving on the Academy Council since 2018. In addition to SC EPSCoR, April is a 3rd Year Doctor of Public Administration (DPA) Student in the Department of Political Science at Valdosta State University. Her research interests are Computational Social Science, Data Science, Machine Learning, Public Administration, and Public Policy. She has a Master of Research Administration (MRA) from the University of Central Florida and a Bachelor of Science from Benedict College. Congratulations April!

DOE Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) Award

The Department of Energy (DOE) recently awarded $100 million for 10 Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) to accelerate the scientific breakthroughs needed to build a 21st century energy economy and strengthen U.S. economic leadership and energy security. Dr. Hans-Conrad zur Loye, Associate Dean for Research and Education and David W Robinson Palmetto Professor, in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of South Carolina recently received an $11.2 million DOE Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) Award for the Center for Hierarchical Waste Form Materials. He serves as the Director of the Center for Hierarchical Waste Form Materials which was created in 2016. The Center's objective is to develop the chemical understanding and hierarchical structure motifs needed to create materials that effectively immobilize nuclear waste species. They will test the longevity and resilience of the new plutonium forms as well as develop new structures to contain neptunium, americium, and the particularly problematic radioactive elements technetium, cesium and iodine.

USC Beaufort: New Faculty Hires for
New MS in Computational Science

The Computer Science department at the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) is proud to announce the successful recruitment of two new faculty members who are being supported by the MADE in SC project. Drs. Dean Bushey and William (John) Thrasher, III, joined another MADE in SC grant-supported faculty member, Dr. Kishwar Ahmed, a specialist in high performance computing (HPC) who was recruited to the USCB Computer Science department a year ago. All three new faculty members will help to support the MADE in SC project through research collaborations, broadening student participation, and the continued development of USCB's new Master of Science program in Computational Science (CSci).
Dr. Dean Bushey, tenure-track Associate Professor of Computational Science, joins the department with more than 30 years of experience across academia, the military, and industry. Dr. Bushey, a retired Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, has previously served on the faculty at Florida Polytechnic University, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and at Duke University. His research emphasis is on unmanned systems and self-driving vehicle technologies, blending computer programming, software engineering, and electrical engineering.
Also joining the department is Dr. William (John) Thrasher III, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Computational Science. Dr. Thrasher recently completed his PhD in Computer Science at Florida State University, where his dissertation research largely focused on random walk-based Monte Carlo methods including applications to solutions of the Poisson-Boltzmann equation, which is widely used in materials science and engineering.

USCB has recently developed an accelerated BS/MS program in Computational Science that will allow qualified senior undergraduate CSci students to take up to 12 credit hours of graduate-level coursework that can be shared between the B.S. and M.S. degrees. After earning their B.S. degree in Computational Science, eligible participating students who join the graduate program can potentially complete their M.S. degree requirements in just two additional full-time semesters. Many of the “new” students in the M.S. program joined the new “4+1” accelerated program after having completed their B.S. CSci degrees in Spring 2020 and are on track to graduate in May 2021. Click here for more information.


Check the SC NASA EPSCoR website for news and opportunities. Questions? Contact Tara Scozzaro, SC Space Grant and SC NASA EPSCoR Program Manager, (843) 953-5463, Email
Program Development Grants Questions? Contact Susannah Sheldon, SC Sea Grant Research and Fellowships Manager, (843) 953-2083, Email
Looking for collaborators?
• Research Expertise Profiles Database (faculty)
• Student Research Interests Profiles Database (students)

OCT 26
Funding Opps: 

• DOE  
• NIH 

Question? Input? Contact email SC EPSCoR.