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Research - Bringing Discoveries to Life

Discover Groundbreaking Research

As a student at USCB, you’ll be able to take advantage of research opportunities as an undergraduate that often mirror what major universities offer at the graduate level. It’s that simple. You’ll work side-by-side with our acclaimed faculty, have opportunities to present your findings at regional and national conferences, and distinguish yourself in the eyes of employers and graduate schools.

Broadening your intellectual horizons and opening new doors of opportunity through undergraduate research will be a key aspect of your USCB experience.

If you’re interested in research, you won’t have to wait long before diving into opportunities at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Our students immerse themselves in projects side by side with professors in the classrooms, in labs, and out in the field. Student research is part of the regular curriculum and happens on summer research projects as well. 

Conducting research as an undergraduate not only gives you an advantage when applying for a job or graduate school, it lets you tackle real-world problems, use state-of-the-art technology, and establish working relationships with leading experts in your field. Research is presented during Student Research and Scholarship Day. Some of our recent projects have included:

  • Discovering dolphins: The population, distribution, residency, and behavior of dolphins in the Hilton Head Island region.
  • Conducting market research at local festivals: Including the Italian Festival and the RBC Heritage Golf Tournament—to determine the effects of events on the local economy.
  • Examining the impact of photographers: Focusing on homeless individuals to document the human condition as a catalyst for social awareness and social change.
  • Listening to fish: Exploring high-throughput spectral analysis of fish sounds using MATLAB programming in a South Carolina river.
  • Conducting international research: Focusing on the importance of language in enhancing autonomy within Spain, particularly in Catalonia, Galicia, and the Basque Country.
  • Assessing the impact of chemicals on humans: Publishing a journal article in Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology entitled, “Examining the Use of Tramadol Hydrochloride as an Antidepressant.”

Research Opportunities

Student Research and Scholarship Day

Whether you’re studying the behavior of dolphins in the Hilton Head Island region, examining the financial impact of community events on the local economy, or analyzing the demand for public transportation in the Lowcountry, USCB’s Student Research and Scholarship Day will offer you the chance to present your findings to the entire campus community.

Magellan Scholar Program

USCB students are able to participate in the University of South Carolina’s Magellan Scholar Program, which is designed to enrich and enhance the student experience through funding student research opportunities across all disciplines. Students in the program enjoy close, mentoring relationships with faculty, and in the end set themselves apart in the eyes of future employers and graduate schools.

Sea Islands Institute Sustainability Research Initiative

The Sustainability Research Initiative is an interdisciplinary research program, bringing together the fields of marine science, environmental health sciences, human services, sociology, history, studio art, business, and hospitality management. Projects include outreach and services to the local community and Lowcountry region, and focus on sustainable practices promoting environmental stewardship without sacrificing the area’s economic and social well being.