USC attracts and retains high caliber faculty and students. The faculty and students of USC are consistently recognized both nationally and internationally for their research, scholarship and creative activity. Programs, honor societies and prestigious recognitions for continuing scholarly achievements and distinctions of faculty and students are awarded and recognized on an annual basis.
Our faculty represent the university nationally with several awards, including American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellows, Fulbright Scholars, Guggenheim Fellows and National Science Foundation Career Awards.
The Michael J. Mungo teaching awards and Distinguished Professor of the Year award are given by the Michael J. Mungo Foundation every year to tenure-track or tenured faculty who demonstrate outstanding dedication to their students through teaching. The Mungo Foundation recently increased the monetary values of the awards to $5,000 for the teaching awards and $20,000 for the Distinguished Professor of the Year Award. This year's recipient of the Distinguished Professor of the Year Award is Dr. Rekha Patel, associate professor in the department of biological sciences.
Outstanding Faculty and Research
The University of South Carolina has outstanding faculty in teaching and research in each of its colleges and schools throughout the USC system. In addition to internal faculty awards, our faculty are consistently recognized by national awards, honors and fellowships.
Our exceptional students are given the opportunity to take advantage of the National Fellowships and Scholar Programs. This office facilitates the pursuit of nationally prestigious scholarships by university students. The Office of Fellowships & Scholar Programs is the home base for Carolina, Stamps Carolina, McNair, Hamilton and Horseshoe Scholars.
USC hosts the oldest Phi Beta Kappa chapter in the state. It recognizes outstanding student academic achievement in the liberal arts and sciences.
Students are recognized annually at USC’s Awards Day.