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New Distinguished Research Service Award Honors Dedicated Faculty

The Office of the Vice President for Research is introducing a new research award for faculty members throughout the university system who consistently serve as reviewers for our internal funding and awards programs for faculty and student researchers, demonstrating exceptional commitment to the USC research community. This new award, the Distinguished Research Service Award, was conceived by the Vice President for Research and a committee of Office of Research internal funding and awards program managers who have come to rely on these committed reviewers who volunteer their time and expertise to evaluate proposals for the programs they oversee.

Reviewers are the backbone of the internal funding programs offered by the Office of the Vice President for Research. Each year, the office receives more than 600 applications for the various programs, all of which must be evaluated by a committee of faculty reviewers. The Office also coordinates reviewers for about 1,000 Discover USC presentations each year, working with partners across campus and at the School of Medicine.

“Over the last several years, my office has created numerous new internal funding opportunities to enhance research at all levels and all campuses in the USC System. These highly successful programs have led to securing new research funding and enhancing research publications and scholarly activities,” Vice President for Research, Prakash Nagarkatti, explained. “The success of these programs would not have been possible without the dedication of the faculty members who serve on the review committees.”

From supporting the most innovative ideas and providing unbiased reviews and constructive feedback to all applicants, the research service provided by our 2018 Distinguished Research Service Award recipients exceeds expectations. Their willingness to devote the significant time and effort required to serve on review panels, on numerous occasions, is worthy of recognition and celebration by their colleagues, students and the entire USC research community.

 

2018 Distinguished Research Service Award Recipients

Maksymilian Chruszcz, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Arts and Sciences

Jill Hampton, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of English, USC Aiken

Andrew Kaczynski, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior, Arnold School of Public Health

Michy Kelly, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience, USC School of Medicine Columbia

Eran Kilpatrick, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Biology, USC Salkehatchie

Laura Kissel, MFA, Director, School of Visual Art and Design, College of Arts and Sciences

Fabio Matta, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering and Computing

Melissa Pilgrim, Ph.D., Director of Research and Associate Professor, Department of Biology, USC Upstate

Douglas Pittman, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Drug Discover and Biomedical Sciences, College of Pharmacy

Susan Steck, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Arnold School of Public Health

 

16 March 2018