USC Aiken Undergrads Showcase Their Research

April 14, 2017

The University of South Carolina Aiken held the 10th annual Scholar Showcase in the

Learning Commons, located in the Gregg-Graniteville Library April 14. 

More than 150 students participated in the event, formerly known as Research Day.  Organizers decided to change the name this year to one that is more representative of the fact it is an interdisciplinary event.

“I’m so proud of our undergraduates’ research and the critical thought all over the campus, whether in the humanities, social sciences, art, or science,” said Dr. Sandra Jordan, chancellor.  

“I’m grateful that our small class sizes – 15:1 – and our extremely talented and selflessly dedicated faculty truly allow for interested students to explore myriad fascinating subjects.”

“The work that some of our students are doing is timely and relevant.  Undergraduate research is being conducted here in the fields of cancer, conservation and genetics, just to name a few.”

Jordan acknowledged the critical role of the faculty in the development of the student’s intellectual pursuits.

“I am also proud – and appreciative – of each and every faculty member who has guided these students through their research.  In addition to their teaching requirements, they enthusiastically partner with our students to guide them through their scholarly efforts. 

“Today is a testament to you,” she told faculty members. 

Community members – including some avid supporters of the university – also attended the event.

“This year, for the first time, we reached out to our generous donors and community members and invited them to Scholar Showcase because we wanted our students’ benefactors to learn more about the investments they’re making when they award scholarships to our students,” Jordan said.

One donor -- Celeste Suggs, a USC Aiken alumna -- provides funding for this event each year. 

For a complete list of Scholar Showcase presentations, go to:

USC Aiken, a comprehensive university in the University of South Carolina system, offers undergraduate and master’s degrees to more than 3,500 students in 50 programs of study. USC Aiken is ranked the #1 public regional college in the South by U.S. News & World Report’s guide "America’s Best Colleges." The 2017 distinction marks USC Aiken’s 19th consecutive ranking among the top three in this category and its 12th time in first place.