Established in 1985, the Governor's Awards for Excellence in Science, administered by the South Carolina Academy of Science (SCAS), are among the highest science honors in our state. The Governor's Awards for Science program was developed to honor an individual or team within the state whose achievements and contributions to science in South Carolina merit special recognition and to promote wider awareness of the quality and extent of scientific activity in South Carolina. Over the years, the program has grown to include four awards:
- The Governor's Award for Excellence in Scientific Research
- The Governor's Award for Excellence in Scientific Awareness
- The Governor's Young Scientist Award for Excellence in Scientific Research
- The Governor's Award for Excellence in Scientific Research at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution
Internal Selection Process
To streamline nominations and help ensure that USC's distinguished scientists have the best possible chance at receiving this honor, each year the Office of the Vice President for Research coordinates an internal selection process for the awards, before passing the final nominations for consideration to SCAS. The Office of the Vice President for Research assembles a committee of senior USC research administrators, which then selects a final nominee for each award. The Office of the Vice President for Research then supports the final nominees in preparing a complete nomination packet for submission to SCAS.
- The Office of the Vice President for Research will distribute a call for nominations each year via the @UofSC Today newsletter, the RESDEV listserv and our website. Because the guidelines and required materials are subject to change from year to year, we ask that faculty and administrators wait until the call is announced before submitting their nominations.
- Any faculty member or administrator may submit one or more nominations.
- Faculty members may not nominate themselves.
- Nominations can be for one individual scientist, or for a team.
- Candidates should be currently working in South Carolina or have conducted a substantial portion of their work within the state.
- Candidates' contributions may be in any area of science and may be for service to science through non-formal education in the various media, for exemplary exposition at the college or university level, or as an acknowledgement for significant outstanding formal research.
Internal nomination packets must include:
- A case statement summarizing the achievements on which the nomination is based, specifying the significance of particular contributions to the field of science and to South Carolina. If the nomination is made for the award for Scientific Awareness, be sure to emphasize the candidate's contributions to all educational aspects of science in South Carolina. (2 Page Limit)
- CV of the nominee.
- Completed VPR nomination form. (Please note this 2014 nomination form is subject to change for subsequent years.)