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Summer camps 2023 »

The recent warm weather is a reminder that summer is just around the corner and that means it's time to think about signing your children up for camp.

  • The University of South Carolina offers a wide variety of opportunities for all ages to learn something new or hone developing skills during their summer breaks.

Learn more about USC summer camps that offer everything from football to opera.

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McNair Institute prepares future entrepreneurs for success »

Brett Nilsen (left in photo) and Sean Powers came to the McNair Institute with a dream of starting their own company. They left the university with strong foundations for their shoe resale startup.

  • Nilsen and Powers were recently granted the opportunity to participate in one of the world’s largest startup investor programs, Techstars. 
  • Over the course of 13 weeks, the pair will take advantage of extensive mentoring opportunities, workshops, networking and early stage funding to take their company, Copyt, to the next level and scale up their business potential.

What they’re saying: “Yes, you can build a company at USC. Yes, you can build something really cool, grow it and become successful. We are very much a product of the university, and especially the McNair Institute.” – Sean Powers

Read more about Brett Nilsen, Sean Powers and the McNair Institute.

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Equestrian's Payton Potter develops app to help program »

Payton Potter may only be a sophomore with the South Carolina equestrian program, but she’s already working behind the scenes to try and help the program long term, and not just with what she can do while riding a horse.

  • The Woodland Hills, California, native developed an instant app for the team that can help fans and future student-athletes learn about the Gamecock program and its facilities at One Wood Farm in Blythewood.
  • Potter, an environmental studies major, put together photos and provided descriptions to give users a real experience of what is available for the Gamecock student-athletes.

What she's saying: "I was the ‘Google Maps’ car basically walking all around the farm. It took me a few hours, and some of the dogs would just follow me around. The horses seemed to really like it when I was taking their pictures. It basically takes you on a virtual tour of the farm.”

Read more about Payton Potter and her instant app.

Pharmacy dean, alumna honored by SCbio »

University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy Dean Stephen J. Cutler was among the top honorees at the annual SCbio Life Sciences Conference, receiving the 2023 SC Pinnacle Award for Individual Contribution.

  • USC journalism alumna Lou Kennedy, co-founder of the Kennedy Pharmacy Innovation Center and president, CEO and owner of Nephron Pharmaceuticals, received a Lifetime Achievement Award for exceptional contributions to the industry.

SCbio is an investor-driven economic development organization focused on advancing life sciences industries in the state.

Learn more about the SCbio awards.

graphic with a trophy and the words: Do you know a remarkable Gamecock 2023 alumni awards nominate today


“Claire Jiménez on her new novel ‘What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez’” (feat. Claire Jimenez, English and African American studies)
NPR “Weekend Edition Sunday” 

“There’s Something Odd About the Dogs Living at Chernobyl” (feat. Tim Mousseau, biology)
The Atlantic 

“The Mississippi Capitol Police, under fire for a string of shootings, is rewriting its rules on force” (feat. Geoff Alpert, criminology)
NBC News 

“SC offering state-record $1.3B in incentives for Scout EV plant in Columbia area” (feat. Joey Von Nessen, economics)
The Post and Courier


Anwar Merchant, Rajat Das Gupta, Maxwell Akonde and Donald Mattison, epidemiology and biostatistics, authored “Association of Chlorhexidine Use and Scaling and Root Planing With Birth Outcomes in Pregnant Individuals With Periodontitis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis” in JAMA Network Open.
Yanfeng Xu and Sue Levkoff, social work, presented “Examining internalizing and externalizing behavioral problems of grandchildren raised by grandparents: The importance of grandparent-grandchild relationship quality” at the 2023 Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Phoenix.
Mazen Aziz and Henry Tran, education, published “Enhancing Institutional Competitiveness: The CERTi Approach to Assessing Faculty Research Development Efforts in Higher Education” in the Journal of Research Administration
Bin Zhang, electrical engineering, authored “Condition Monitoring of Wind Turbine Generator Based on Transfer Learning and One-Class Classifier” in IEEE Sensors Journal.
Xiaoming Li, Bankole Olatosi and Jiajia Zhang, Big Data Health Science Center, authored “Harnessing Big Data to end HIV” in AIDS Care
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Alumna to share stories from frontline in Ukraine »

Isabelle Khurshudyan, Ukraine bureau chief for The Washington Post, will speak from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (March 14) in the East View Room (eighth floor) of the Close-Hipp Building.

  • Khurshudyan is a 2014 alumna of the College of Information and Communications.
  • The free event is sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the Walker Institute at the College of Arts and Sciences.

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