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Graduate Student Day "In-House" Competitions

Thursday & Friday, February 16-17, 2017

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Graduate Student Day will be hosted by The Graduate School on Friday, April 21, 2017.  In preparation for this annual event, graduate students in the School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment will have the opportunity to compete for a slot for the University wide Grad Day competitions. 

The School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment Graduate Student Day Competitions will be held during extended seminar times on Thursday, February 16 and Friday, February 17, 2017. 

Deadline for submission of packets (title, abstract, nomination letter, etc.) is THURSDAY, JANUARY 12, 2017.  Application packets should be delivered to Jacqueline McClary (EWS 603) no later than 5:00 p.m.   

We are pleased to announce and accept nominations for the following awards:

  • The Stephen F. Taber Award for Outstanding PhD Research in Geological Sciences
  • The Stephen F. Taber Award for Outstanding Masters Research in Geological Sciences
  • The Stephen F. Taber Award for Outstanding Teaching in Geological Sciences
  • Outstanding Publication Award in Marine Science
  • Outstanding Teaching Award in Marine Science
  • Outstanding MEERM Student: Research
  • Outstanding MEERM Student: Internship

The Oral and Poster presentation competitions will be held to determine the outcome of these awards, as well as to determine who will represent the department during the campus-wide Grad Day.

The MEERM Thesis and MEERM Internship awards will be selected by a committee.  All MEERM students that have completed at least 25 graduate hours will be automatically considered for these awards.

Graduate Student Day Information

Graduate Student Day — an annual celebration, competition, and award ceremony — is the University of South Carolina’s most comprehensive showcase of graduate scholarly and creative work. Sponsored by The Graduate School and held each spring, the event provides students an opportunity to present their work to the university and the larger community.

The competition categories for 2016 were research oral research presentation, poster research presentation, creative research presentation, and the three-minute thesis/dissertation speech. More information on the 2017 competition categories may be found on the Graduate School website.

During the morning, students who are nominated by their department will make 15-minute oral research presentations, display posters or creative performances and compete for cash prizes. Panels of faculty and graduate students will judge the participating entries. Winners will be announced during the Graduate Student Day Awards Ceremony.

For questions on in-house competitions, please contact Jacqueline McClary at  

PDF icon GEOL Taber Awards Selection Process PDF icon MSCI Taber Awards Selection Process