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Undergraduate Research

Research Prizes

Students apply for yourself to receive:


Nominate your research mentor to receive:

Only nominations from students are accepted

Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

This award recognizes and rewards faculty for excellence in mentoring undergraduate researchers. 


Any faculty member who mentors undergraduates in research on any USC campus may be nominated. 


Nominations are only accepted from current undergraduates and recent graduates within one year.

Nominate your mentor through the form below.
Deadline for the 2022 award (awarded in Spring): Friday, October 1, 2021 - 11:59pm


*Required fields

We recommend that you do not draft your responses directly in this form.

Please review the questions at the end of this nomination form. Draft and edit your responses to these questions in a separate word document. Clear, specifically detailed, and heartfelt responses to these prompts are key to your nomination. Please take time with these. When you have finalized your responses, you can then cut and paste your comments into this form.

Please contact if you have any questions.

Academic year *
May we share your name with your mentor? *

If yes, we will let your mentor know that you have nominated them for this award

May we share your comments with your mentor? *

If yes, we will send your mentor a letter that includes some of your comments to share the impact they have had on you

*Please note if your mentor is awarded, some of your comments may be used in showcasing the award, including in print and on-line. Your name will NOT be given with these comments, without your permission.

The following question is regarding permission for the public use of your name as a nominator and is only if your mentor is awarded. This is different than the question above on whether you want your name given privately to your mentor.

If you have questions, please email

If your mentor is awarded, may we provide your name in showcasing this award, including print or on-line. *

2021 - Ramy Harik, Mechanical Engineering

2021 - Courtney Monroe, Health Promotion, Education and Behavior

2021 - Melissa Nolan, Epidemiology and Biostatistics

2020 — Jeff Dudycha, Biological Sciences

2020 — Dan Speiser, Biological Sciences

2020 — Brie Turner-McGrievy, Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior

2020 — Susan K. Wood, Pharmacology, Physiology, and Neuroscience

2019 — Michael Angel, Chemistry and Biochemistry

2019 — Natalia Shustova, Chemistry and Biochemistry

2019 — Deanna Smith, Biological Sciences

2019 — Dawn Wilson-King, Psychology

2018 — Maksymilian Chruszcz, Chemistry and Biochemistry

2018 — Edward D’Antonio, Natural Sciences – USC Beaufort

2018 — Douglas Pittman, Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences

2017 — Jerry Hilbish, Biological Sciences

2017 — Jennifer Pournelle, Earth, Ocean, and Environment

2017 — Sara Schwebel, English Language and Literature

2016 — Michy Kelly, Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience

2016 — Ryan Rykaczewski, Biological Sciences

2016 — David Snyder, History

2015 — Pamela Bowers, Studio Art

2015 — William Jackson, Biology - USC Aiken

2015 — Chuanbing Tang, Chemistry and Biochemistry

2014 — Kate Flory, Psychology

2014 — Daniel Fogerty, Communication Sciences and Disorders

2014 — Doyle Stevick, Educational Leadership and Policies

2013 — John Grady, Sport and Entertainment Management

2013 — Camelia Knapp, Earth and Ocean Sciences

2013 — Joseph Quattro, Biological Sciences/Marine Science

2012 — Norma Frizzell, Pharmacology, Physiology & Neuroscience

2012 — Xinyu Huang, Mechanical Engineering

2011 — Edward Callen, Psychology - USC Aiken

2011 — Melissa Moss, Chemical Engineering

2010 — Debra Rae Cohen, English

2010 — David Reisman, Biological Sciences

2009 — Joshua Cooper, Mathematics

2009 — J. Alexander Ogden, Languages, Literature, and Cultures

2008 — Rekha Patel, Biological Sciences

2008 — Benjamin Hankin, Psychology

2007 — Ann Kingsolver, Anthropology

2007 — John Lavigne, Chemistry and Biochemistry

2007 — Stephen Morgan, Chemistry and Biochemistry

2006 — Sandra Kelly, Psychology

2005 — James Coleman, Psychology

2004 — Matthew Kohn, Geological Sciences

2003 — Catherine Murphy, Chemistry and Biochemistry



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