Student Opportunities

Are you interested in obtaining research experience? The CHARM lab accepts applications for Research Assistant positions on a rolling basis. Our lab is based at the Arnold School of Public Health at University of South Carolina, but we also accept applications from other universities and colleges.

If you are a Ph. D. student interested in working with Dr. Fillo for Fall 2024, please email her directly at


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What types of tasks do RAs work on?

Tasks vary from person to person and by semester depending on ongoing projects in the lab. Examples include assisting with: literature reviews, manuscript preparation, grant preparation, study recruitment, participant screening, survey programming, maintaining the lab reference library. Tasks are assigned based on student interests and demonstrated competency.

What time commitment is required for working with the lab?

We ask that RAs dedicate at least 10 hours per week to working with the lab. This typically involves 9 scheduled lab hours and a 1-hour weekly lab meeting. We require RAs to commit to at least two consecutive semesters of work with the lab.

Can I receive course credit for working in the lab?

Yes, students often obtain course credit for work in the lab. We ask that you research this process with your department/degree program. Credit can be obtained through various departments/courses and are not restricted to HPEB or the Arnold School of Public Health.

What funding opportunities are available?

We encourage students to research funding opportunities with the Office of Undergraduate Research at the University of South Carolina or your respective institution. In the past, students have qualified for various types of Magellan Grants (e.g., Journey, Mini-Magellan, Scholar) and funding from the South Carolina Honors College

Can I use work with the lab to satisfy a practice experience/field training/etc requirement for my Master’s degree?

We accept these students on a case-by-case basis. Students should have detailed information prepared about competencies that need to be met by the field placement.

Where is the lab located?

We are located on the fifth floor of the Discovery Building at 915 Greene St in Columbia, South Carolina. We have designated computer workstations available for students to use for lab activities.

Are remote work opportunities available?

We prefer that RAs work in person as much as possible but offer remote opportunities for RAs who demonstrate motivation and consistency in their work.

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