Governor's Awards for Science

The Office of the Vice President for Research conducts an internal selection process to nominate candidates for the Governor's Awards for Excellence in Science, helping to ensure that MUSC is as competitive as possible in this prestigious statewide awards program.


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 nomination materials:

Please note this guide was developed specifically for the 2020 awards, and is subject to change for subsequent years.