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Dr. Cassandra Runyon, SC EPSCoR Director, College of Charleston

The South Carolina NASA Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) provides, in addition to the larger research awards, RID seed funding for competitively selected projects that are of benefit to NASA and our jurisdiction (South Carolina and the US Virgin Islands). In an effort to build and sustain a strong research capacity and broaden student engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) our program requires the participation of student researchers. These seed grants have spawned successful, sustainable research programs and resources for undergraduate and graduate courses at our jurisdiction institutions. For example, one small seed grant ten years ago in materials science led directly to multiple funding awards from NASA and other federal agencies and has resulted in several patents. Additional research areas critical to both NASA and our jurisdiction include: nano-technology, biomedical engineering, fuel cell and battery technology, optics, remote sensing, earth and marine science to name a few. This program engages many students each year through direct hands-on, faculty-mentored research experiences as student participation is a requirement for award selection.

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Research Infrastructure Development


Sr. Senator Lindsey Graham



Jr. Senator Tim Scott

NASA EPSCoR Stimuli 2014 -15

Representative James Clyburn

Representative Mark Sanford

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NASA Office of Education’s Aerospace Research & Career Development (ARCD) is pleased to release NASA EPSCoR Stimuli, a collection of univers...

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