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Dyer Fellowship Program

The Edgar Dyer Institute for Leadership and Public Policy brings together a group of Coastal Carolina students from all colleges and degree programs to participate in the Dyer Fellowship Program.

The Edgar Dyer Institute for Leadership and Public Policy engages students in active learning opportunities where they gain knowledge in various areas of policy research. Students connect academic theory to practice, becoming engaged civic-minded citizens.

Dyer Fellows receive a monthly stipend and their expenses paid for a spring trip to Washington, D.C. They also meet regularly with a dedicated faculty adviser to guide their research throughout the semester.

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  • Dyer Fellows, Washington, DC 2018 - March 2018

    2018 Dyer Fellows Go to Washington, DC

    (From Left to Right): Nicholas Smith, Emily Taylor, Alexandria Putman, Allie Sheets, and John Quinn)

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  • Dyer Fellows visited Washington D.C., where they were invited to tour the capitol grounds with Congressman Tom Rice.

    Touring U.S. capitol grounds with Congressman Tom Rice

    The Dyer Fellows visited Washington D.C. where they were invited to tour U.S. capitol grounds with Congressman Tom Rice.

  • Dyer Website Etiquette Dinner (1018x729)

    Fellowship students attend etiquette dinner.

    The Dyer Institute hosted and etiquette dinner for all CCU fellowship students. The event was led by Debbie Connor, PhD., Vice President of Campus Life and Student Engagement.

  • The Dyer Fellows visited the Wild Blue Ropes Team Building Course in Charleston. The goal of the trip was to focus on team building and team bonding.

    Wild Blue Ropes Team Building Course

    The Dyer Fellows visited the Wild Blue Ropes Team Building Course in Charleston. The goal of the trip was to focus on team building and team bonding.

  • The Dyer Fellowship program annually holds a Research Symposium for the Fellows to present their year long research project. Each student focuses on a public policy topic of their interest.

    Dyer Research Symposium

    The Dyer Fellowship program annually holds a Research Symposium for the Fellows to present their year long research project. Each student focuses on a public policy topic of their interest.

  • Workshop

    Interactive Workshops

    The Dyer Fellowship program hosts a series of workshops for Fellows which cover important matters such as how to create and execute surveys, write policy briefs and craft press releases.

2020 Dyer Fellows

Joseph Cain Dyer Fellow 2020 (250) added 2/10/2020 MCD Joseph Cain is a Coastal Carolina University student from Springfield, Ky. He is majoring in intelligence and national security with a minor in Spanish. He is interested in U.S. foreign policy and intelligence matters, specifically concerning Latin America. As part of his fellowship with the Dyer Institute for Leadership and Public Policy, Cain will research the future of U.S. foreign policy in Venezuela. His research will examine and attempt to provide potential policy solutions that would be in accordance with U.S. national interests, the Venezuelan people, and surrounding countries. Upon graduation, Cain plans to apply to the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky.

  • Exploring U.S. Foreign Policy Responses to the Political Crisis in Venezuela

Tyler Gross 2020 Fellow (250) take 2 added 2/10/2020 MCDTyler Gross is from the Carolina Forest area in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and majors in special education with a minor in criminology. Gross is passionate about working with students who have experienced trauma and who are receiving an education while being in a correctional facility. As part of her research as a Dyer Fellow, she will examine how literacy and creative writing can help dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. In the future, she hopes to teach students in a correctional, or lockdown, facility and hopes to one day start a program at the Department of Juvenile Justice in South Carolina that would show students how to express themselves through creative writing and reading. Tyler plans on achieving a master’s in special education and a master’s in school counseling.

  • Research Topic: Seeing how literacy and creative writing can help dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline

Isiuwa Oghagbon 2020 Fellow (250) added 2/10/2020 MCDIsiuwa Oghagbon is a Coastal Carolina University student from Haymarket, Va. She is majoring in political science and minoring in international business while also being on the Coastal Carolina University women’s basketball team. She is interested in law and politics having to do with voting. As part of her fellowship, she will be researching gerrymandering: its history, effect on the public, and solutions for this problem. With this research, she hopes to educate voters on a key step in the voting process, how it effects each person’s vote, and to present viable options to the public. Upon graduation, she plans on attending law school with the intent of studying business law.

  • Research Topic: Gerrymandering’s effects on public voting and possible solutions.

Erica Richardson 2020 Fellow (250) added 2/10/2020 MCDErica Richardson is a Coastal Carolina University student from Southeast Michigan. She is a public health major with interest in social justice, poverty relief, and sexual health. As part of her fellowship with the Dyer Institute for Leadership and Public Policy, Richardson will be exploring potential causal factors of basic need insecurity among college students, specifically undergraduates here at Coastal. With this research, Richardson hopes to develop short-term and long-term solutions to basic need insecurity in order to promote academic achievement and a higher quality of life among college students. Upon graduation, Richardson plans on attending graduate school to pursue a dual master's in public health and social work. 

  • Research Topic: Causal factors of basic need insecurity among college students

Sophia Sumter (250) Added 4/9/20 MCDSophie Sumpter is a Coastal Carolina University student from Little River, S.C. She is majoring in public health with a minor in political science and is interested in the effects of climate change on vulnerable populations. As part of her fellowship with the Dyer Institute for Leadership and Public Policy, Sumpter will be exploring the effects of flooding on vulnerable populations in the Federal Emergency Management Division’s special hazard flood zones of Horry County, S.C. With this research, Sumpter hopes to increase awareness of the effects of hurricanes and extreme weather events in Horry County on the quality of life for individuals living in more vulnerable areas. Upon graduation, Sumpter plans to attend a graduate program to pursue a dual degree program allowing her to obtain a master’s degree in social work and a law degree to then pursue public health policy.

  • Research Topic: The impact of flooding on the health of socially vulnerable regions of Horry County

Ozzy Whitley 2020 Fellow (250) added 2/10/2020 MCDOzzy Whitley is a Coastal Carolina University student from Columbia, S.C. She is majoring in anthropology and geography. She is interested in environmental and ecological anthropology, which is focused on human-environment interactions. As part of her research as a Dyer Fellow, she will conduct a study about the presence and behavioral patterns of ghost crabs in the Myrtle Beach area. She hopes to understand how seemingly innocuous beach activity affects these crabs, and what can be done with South Carolina state policy as it pertains to beachgoing activities. With this study, Whitley aims to educate the public on how to better their relationship with the coastal environment and protect the flora and fauna in these popular areas.

  • Sandy Macrofauna Shake-Up: Anthropological Case Study and South Carolina Beach Policy Analysis

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