Announced in the winter, Breakthrough Leadership in Research award recipients take
a multifaceted approach to research. Any full-time faculty member currently employed
within the USC system can be nominated by colleagues or administrative leadership.
A nominee may not win two years in a row.
The primary criterion for the award is the demonstration of leadership through sustained
commitment towards synergistic activities like:
Successful mentoring of junior faculty
Establishing research centers with university-wide impact
Promoting research to K-12 students
Engaging in community outreach through research
Creating programs aimed at increasing diversity
Any other activities that are considered non-traditional, for which USC currently
does not provide recognition
Please note that there could be many other unique ways through which the faculty may
provide leadership to help promote research and scholarly activity. Activities that
qualify senior faculty members for this award are not restricted to the above examples.
Nomination calls are sent out each fall. Any faculty member or administrative leader
can submit a nomination (one nomination per year, per person). To complete the nomination
package, the nominator must submit:
A completed nomination form
A completed nominee-provided summary form
A letter of recommendation from the nominator (two-page limit)
A letter of recommendation from another faculty member or administrator within USC,
or a letter of recommendation from someone outside of USC who has first-hand knowledge
of the nominee's contributions and impact (two-page limit)
The nominee's complete CV
Breakthrough Leadership in Research Awards Guidelines and Forms
The below guidelines and forms are from the fall 2016-2017 Breakthrough Leadership
in Research Awards nomination cycle. This documentation is subject to change from
year to year.