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USC Upstate names research director

Staff Report
Published April 1, 2013

The University of South Carolina Upstate recently named Melissa Pilgrim as its research director.

Pilgrim is responsible for overseeing the university’s undergraduate research programs and working with faculty to increase research opportunities.

Melissa Pilgrim
Melissa Pilgrim
Her work includes the Office of Sponsored Awards and Research Support, the Center for Research and Scholarship Support, and the Annual Research Symposium and Journal.

“I am very pleased to make this announcement as Dr. Pilgrim has and will continue to make a significant and important impact on teaching and learning at USC Upstate,” said Charley Harrington, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs, in a news release.

Pilgrim previously served as associate professor of biology and interim director of research. Her primary research focus involves an integrative approach to investigating how ecosystems respond to environmental change.

Pilgrim earned a Ph.D. in biological sciences from the University of Arkansas, a master’s degree in biology from Southeastern Louisiana University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Stetson University.

The University of South Carolina Upstate, located in Spartanburg, serves more than 5,500 students.

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