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Internal Awards

Research Awards

Russell Research and UofSC Educational Foundation Awards

The Russell Research Awards are the most prestigious annual prizes for research and scholarship given at Carolina. Each year the University of South Carolina recognizes faculty for outstanding research and scholarship. Full-time, tenure-track faculty are eligible to receive the awards.

Awards are given for innovative research or creative achievement in the form of books, articles, productions, exhibits, compositions or arrangements. A series of presentations can also be considered if each presentation is related to a defined research topic, problem or theme.

The Russell Research Award was established by Judge Donald S. Russell in 1957 and the UofSC Educational Foundation Research Award was established in 1984. Each award consists of a $3,000 prize and a certificate of recognition.  The winner will be honored at the spring Faculty Awards ceremony.

Criteria for Selection

  1. Nominee must be full-time faculty of any track and rack.

Nomination Process

Nominations for the awards may be made by any university faculty member (including self-nominations) at any UofSC campus. 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.

2019-2020 Chairs

Humanities & Social Sciences: Elena Osokina osokina@mailbox.sc.edu
Science, Math & Engineering: Jochen Lauterbach lauteraj@cec.sc.edu 
Health Sciences: Angela Liese liese@sccp.sc.edu
Professional Schools: Gloria Boutte boutte@sc.edu

Nomination Deadline

Letters of intent should be emailed to the appropriate chair by Jan. 8, 2021.

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.  Must be submitted in 12-point font and one-inch margins.
  2. A complete vita 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 the committee chair listed above).

Submission Deadline

Nominee's files are due to the chair of the appropriate selection committee by Feb. 5, 2020.

Selection Process

The awards are divided into four categories by discipline. Each category has a separate selection committee, as described below:

Humanities and Social Sciences Selection Committee

  • Addresses disciplines in the liberal arts, arts, humanities, social sciences, and related disciplines across the USC System.
  • Selects a winner for a Russell Research award and for a UofSC Educational Foundation Research Award.

Science, Mathematics and Engineering Selection Committee

  • Addresses disciplines in the sciences, engineering, information technology and mathematics across the USC System and related disciplines.
  • Selects a winner for a Russell Research award and for a UofSC Educational Foundation Research award.

Health Sciences Selection Committee

  • Addresses disciplines in the following schools and colleges: Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health and Social Work on the Columbia campus, and related disciplines across the USC System.
  • Selects a winner for a UofSC Educational Foundation Research award only.

Professional Schools Selection Committee

  • Addresses disciplines in the following schools and colleges: Business, Education, Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management (HRSM), Law, University Libraries and  Information and Communication at USC Columbia, and related disciplines across the USC System.
  • Selects a winner for a UofSC Educational Foundation Research award only.

For each area, the selection committee will make a recommendation to the provost, who will select the winner. The winners will be presented at the spring Faculty Awards Ceremony.


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