The Proving Ground – awarding $52K

The Proving Ground, USC’s signature entrepreneurial competition. This year, we will be awarding $52,000 in three categories. One category, Maxient Innovation, is restricted to only undergraduate students. A second category, Avenir Discovery, category is open to undergraduates, graduates, and alumni who have graduate in the last five years.

The third category is the SCRA Fan Favorite category. Runners-up from the first two categories are placed in that category, the audience decides the winner.

Submissions close on February 28, and the final pitch competition, a Shark Tank like event, is on March 29. The web site has a “Questions?” with all relevant information.

Any questions from faculty or students, please contact Dean Kress.

Dean H. Kress, Director
Faber Entrepreneurship Center


Would you like a personal consultation? Book – A – Librarian

When you make your request please allow 1 business days for a response, at which time an appointment will be scheduled. Most consultations will take place Monday through Friday between 9am-5pm and typically last 30 to 60 minutes. Evening appointments may be arranged based on librarian availability. Caution: If you have something due in a day or less, you should come to the Reference desk at Thomas Cooper or contact us through Ask A Librarian.

Examples of what consultations can help with:

  • selecting the best resources for your research area/assignment
  • accessing and navigating electronic resources
  • developing search strategies
  • discovering and locating primary source materials
  • searching the web for relevant and reliable information
  • Capstone class research/ Senior seminar projects

Multifactor Authentication (MFA)

Multifactor Authentication (MFA), also know as two-step verification, is required to access systems on our UofSC network.  MFA requires students, faculty, and staff to take an extra step each time they login to university systems.  

Beginning June 5, the university will use DUO Security for MFA. You probably have used some form of MFA with your financial institution or credit card company. As with many financial institutions, you will be required to use something you know (password) with something you have – text message, call to landline, or token. To prepare for this new requirement, please complete the enrollment process now. Instructions and frequently asked questions can be found here

To prepare for this new requirement, employees and students need to complete the enrollment process. For an overview of the set up process, click here


Need Help Accessing Resources Off Campus or While Abroad?

DMSB faculty and students abroad may experience problems accessing our databases and other resources, particularly in certain countries. Below are links to resources that may help solve your technical issues.

If you continue to have problems, email the Business Library or call 803.777.6032.


Want to read the WSJ online for free?

How to read the WSJ for free online

Step 1. Start at the Business Library website
Step 2. Select database FACTIVA under the Most Popular – Top Sources                           (you will need to sign on through the proxy using your USC username and password)
Step 3. Select News Pages along the top menu bar.

You have free access to the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Atlanta Journal – Constitution, Tampa Bay Times, Barron’s and Forbes.

Under each title you can select the date and section you would like to read. Some articles allow you the option to download or have it read to you. After selecting an article; the grey menu bar gives you options to email, print, save, download or open in Adobe.

Have a great time searching!

Tips for your library materials search

Welcome back students and faculty!

Here are a few tips for finding library materials as you dig into your coursework:

The Business Library’s physical resources are now kept at the Thomas Cooper Library and the Annex, but finding them has not changed. Use the Classic Search to start searching for print and e-books, and remember, you can still limit by Columbia Business.

The Annex is the library’s offsite storage facility. Materials at the Annex may still be checked out with your Carolina Card. Find out more here.

The majority of the business collection is online, and new e-books are being added all the time. Get the details about e-books at USC Columbia here.

USC Magellan Scholar publishes website on international experience

Joy Gannaway, a USC Magellan Scholar sponsored by International Business professor Lite Nartey, spent this past summer in immersive study in the African country of Mauritius. Visit her website–Tolerant Mauritius–to discover more about her research and experience. Scroll past the video for links to her blog and research findings. Incredible work, Joy!

DMSB students: if you have documented your travels abroad and work experience, send us the links so we can promote you.