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Russell Research Award and USC Educational Foundation Research Awards Nomination Process

Nominations for the awards may be made by any University faculty member at all USC campuses (including self-nominations). The nominator should send a letter of intent to nominate to the committee chair and then schedule a meeting with the committee chair to discuss the organization of the nomination file prior to submission of the file. Letters of intent should be emailed to the appropriate chair by January 13, 2014:

2013-2014 Chairs
The Humanities & Social Sciences Chair: The Science, Math, and Engineering Chair: The Health Sciences Chair: The Professional Schools Chair:
The Humanities and Social Sciences:
    - David Shields (dshields@mailbox.sc.edu)
The Science, Mathematics, and Engineering:
    - James Ritter (ritter@cec.sc.edu)
The Health Sciences:
    - Larry Reagan (lpreagan@uscmed.sc.edu)
The Professional Schools:
    - Robert Ployhart (ployhart@moore.sc.edu)

Required Materials for Nominee's file:

After the conversation with the committee chair, the nominee's file should be organized according to the following format:

  1. Brief introductory statement by nominator (concerning the nominee's research accomplishments and the reasons the individual should be considered for the award) (submitted in 12 point font/ 1" margins)
  2. A complete resume including a list of nominee's publications; graduate students supervised, research funding, and major awards
  3. Relevant sample reprints and/or other supporting materials
  4. One letter of support from within the University appraising the significance of the research submitted for consideration (to be solicited by the nominator, mailed or emailed directly to committee chair listed above)
  5. Two letters of support from outside evaluators who are qualified to evaluate the subject matter of the research submitted for consideration (to be solicited by the nominator, and mailed or emailed directly to committee chair listed above).

Submission Deadline:

Nominee's files are due to the chair of the appropriate selection committee by February 4, 2013. The selection committee will choose the winners. The winners will be announced at the spring General Faculty Meeting.

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Information about the Award

Each year the University of South Carolina recognizes faculty for outstanding research and scholarship. The Russell Research Award was established by Judge Donald S. Russell in 1957 and the USC Educational Foundation Research Award was established in 1984. Each award consists of a $3,000 prize and a certificate of recognition. Both awards are the University's most prestigious annual prizes for research and scholarship. The names of the recipients will be announced at the Spring General Faculty Meeting on the Columbia campus.

The awards are given for innovative research or creative achievement. Innovative research or creative achievement may take the form of books, articles, productions, exhibits, compositions or arrangements, or for a series of presentations provided that the separate items are related to a defined research topic, problem or theme.

Eligibility

Those eligible to be considered for the faculty research awards are University of South Carolina full-time, tenure-track faculty. The awards are divided into four categories by discipline. Each category has a separate selection committee. The disciplines covered by the selection committees are:

  1. The Humanities and Social Sciences Selection Committee decides on awards in disciplines in the liberal arts area and the School of Music on the Columbia campus, and related disciplines of the two-year and four-year campuses. This Committee selects a winner for a Russell Research Award and for a USC Educational Foundation Research Award.
  2. The Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Selection Committee addresses disciplines in the sciences, engineering, information technology and mathematics on all campuses. This Committee selects a winner for a Russell Research Award and for a USC Educational Foundation Research Award.
  3. The Health Sciences Selection Committee addresses disciplines in the following schools and colleges: Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Arnold School of Public Health, and Social Work on the Columbia campus, and related disciplines on the two-year and four-year campuses. This Committee selects a winner for a USC Educational Foundation Research Award.
  4. The Professional Schools Selection Committee includes the disciplines in the following schools and colleges: Moore School of Business, Education, Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management (HRSM), Law, (University) Libraries, Mass Communications and Information Studies, on the Columbia campus, and related disciplines on the two-year and four-year campuses. This Committee selects a winner for a USC Educational Foundation Research Award.

Selection Committee Membership (PDF)

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