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

For Immediate Release
November 8, 2018

(Columbia, SC) The SC EPSCoR/IDeA State Office is pleased to announce the most recent grant recipients of the 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 three primary funding types: 1) engaging underrepresented students in MADE in SC research, 2) recruiting a diverse group of graduate students and 3) support of scientific conferences, symposia and meetings.

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 and magnetic materials, stimuli-responsive polymeric materials, and interactive biomaterials, all supported by a newly-created Multiscale Modeling and Computation Core.

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

Thomas Crawford
University of South Carolina
How recording medium properties affect the self-assembly of magnetic nanoparticles onto recorded nano-templates

Eric Davis
Clemson University
Supporting Involvement of Underrepresented Minorities and Women in Research Related to Stimuli-Responsive Polymers

Julia Frugoli
Clemson University
STEM-ALL IN Graduate Recruitment Support

Ming Hu
University of South Carolina
Multi-Resolution Data Based AlphaGO for Thermal Materials Discovery

Michael Matthews
University of South Carolina
Hosting a 2019 GRAD Lab with the National GEM Consortium for Recruitment of a Diverse Group of STEM Graduate Students

Angela Peters
Claflin University
Two awards – 2019 Biomaterials Research Summer Internship Program for High School Students I and 2019 Biomaterials Research Summer Internship Program for High School Students II

Titus Reaves
Medical University of South Carolina
Ernest Everett Just Symposium Supporting Diversity in Graduate Medical Education

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

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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