Established in 1985, the Governor's Awards for Excellence in Science, administered by the South Carolina Academy of Science (SCAS), are among the highest science honors in our state. The Governor's Awards for Science program was developed to honor an individual or team within the state whose achievements and contributions to science in South Carolina merit special recognition and to promote wider awareness of the quality and extent of scientific activity in South Carolina. Over the years, the program has grown to include four awards:
- The Governor's Award for Excellence in Scientific Research
- The Governor's Award for Excellence in Scientific Awareness
- The Governor's Young Scientist Award for Excellence in Scientific Research
- The Governor's Award for Excellence in Scientific Research at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution
Collaborative team awards for collaborative projects involving multiple individuals, are eligible in each award category. The research team may include individuals from different institutions or companies.
2020 Awards: Internal selection process
To streamline the nomination process and help ensure that USC's distinguished scientists have the best possible chance at receiving this honor, each year the Office of the Vice President for Research coordinates an internal selection process for the awards, before passing the final nominations for consideration to SCAS. The Office of the Vice President for Research then works with the finalists and their nominators to complete SCAS submission requirements.
Internal nominations are submitted through a web-based nomination system, based on the university's sponsored award administration system, USCeRA, which is a familiar interface for most faculty members and many administrators.
- Faculty members may not nominate themselves.
- Nominations can be for one individual scientist, or for a team.
- Candidates should be currently working in South Carolina or have conducted a substantial portion of their work within the state.
- Candidates' contributions may be in any area of science and may be for service to science through non-formal education in the various media, for exemplary exposition at the college or university level, or as an acknowledgement for significant outstanding formal research.
- When nominating a team, it is important to demonstrate clear evidence of collaboration directed toward a common scientific goal (e.g. via jointly authored publications or multi-investigator grant awards). Letters of support should emphasize the contributions of the team more so than individuals.
- When nominating a team, the research team may include individuals from different institutions or companies. (In the case of a team award, the honorarium will be distributed equally.)
2020 nomination materials:
Please note this guide was developed specifically for the 2020 awards, and is subject to change for subsequent years.