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College of Arts & Sciences
School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment

Outreach Programs

Diversity Initiatives

Sciencequest - ScienceQuest is an after school informal science and technology program geared towards elementary and middle school students (ages 7-14). Two person team leaders work with 3-5 students to explore a science topic that they have identified at the beginning of the program. Teams meet once a week for 1.5 hours over a course of 10-12 weeks. Each team uses small-scale experiments, demonstrations, and science technology to investigate their topic, culminating in the development of an on-line website depending on the group's age.

Geoscholars - The GeoScholar Scholarship Program provides financial and academic support for underrepresented students who have demonstrated financial need and are pursuing undergraduate degrees in the geosciences at the University of South Carolina: Environmental Science, Geology, Geophysics, and Marine Science.

Natural History Resources

Knowledge and understanding of the  natural world is an essential element of the broader understanding of  environmental concepts and sustainable solutions.  Although universities have tended to move  away from classical approaches to species identification and habitat  description, the ability to experience the complexities of the natural world  still excites students of all ages and can draw them into a more focused  examination and analysis of nature’s complexities.  Natural history is an essential element of our  curriculum, particularly through courses taught by Rudy Mancke, Carolina’s Naturalist in Residence.  South Carolina also provides a rich variety of natural ecosystems for faculty research and student projects, ranging from the nearby Congaree National Park, which is a unique example of old-growth floodplain forest, to the coastal and marshland habitats at the Baruch Marine Field Laboratory near Georgetown, SC.


Resources for Educators:

- SEPM Stratigraphy Web

- South Carolina Seismic Network K-12 Education

Girls Go for IT Computer Camps and Clubs


Student Organizations:

MarSci (online peer journal)
Students Advocating for a Greener Environment (SAGE) 
- Society of Exploration Geophysicists/American Association of Petroleum Geologists (SEG/AAPG)
Students Engaged in Aquatic Sciences (SEAS)
- Marine Technology & Science, student chapter
- Geology Club
- Scuba Club
- Wildlife Federation Chapter
- Rho Rho Rho

Contact for Student Organizations: Sheri Foxworth, Undergraduate Coordinator, Phone: 803-777-6163  E-mail: 


Sustainability Initiatives:

The SEOE has been a campus leader in the integration of sustainability concepts into campus culture.  Today, sustainability initiatives are becoming familiar components of curriculum, research, and campus living, and there is considerable momentum to enhance sustainability as a major university priority.  The university administration has shown its support of these efforts through establishment of an Office of Sustainability and promotion of CarolinaGreen, which embraces the full range of sustainability activities.    A recent development has been coordination of the Green Quad, with its Learning Center for Sustainable Futures, the Office of Sustainability, and a range of student organizations to form Sustainable Carolina, which mounts a range of events and activities for campus communities and the public.  The Environment and Sustainability Program plays the central role in academic initiatives within the sustainability framework through its degree programs, and is frequently a prime participant in the range of interests of CarolinaGreen.

Sustainable Universities Initiative

The Sustainable Universities Initiative was a statewide network of faculty, staff, and students who share an interest in integrating environmental considerations into their work. It was most active between 1998 and 2005, and had 16 members. Activities and documents produced by SUI continue to be useful for newer sustainability initiatives, and the possibility remains to reinvigorate the SUI at some point in the future.


Environmental Management Systems (EMS)

The EMS is an environmental management tool that is used to improve regulatory compliance, waste reduction, employee environmental awareness, and overall business operations, and is the foundation of sustainable development planning.  Faculty and students in the Environment and Sustainabiltiy Program have worked with multinational organizations, small business enterprises, and state and federal agencies in EMS development, implementation, and auditing.

International Sustainability Network

The International Sustainability Network is working to advance sustainability concepts at the global level through building international research and education linkages with students, faculty, and others working on global sustainable development. Faculty initiatives range from interdisciplinary research and training in the Rule of Law Collaborative to advancing the adoption of strong environmentally sensitive practices by industry and government through the International Sustainability Management Education (ISME) Summer School. International relationships are strengthened through cooperative research agreements with institutions in Iraq and Chile, which facilitate international exchange of students and faculty.