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Nominations accepted for Developing Scholars Award

The MUSC Foundation is accepting nominations for the Developing Scholars Award.
The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward junior faculty members who have made outstanding contributions to the research mission of MUSC and to promote the continued development of these creative scholars. The award is aimed at individuals who have successfully demonstrated the capacity to compete for extramural funding, but who are still in the formative stages of their careers and demonstrate exceptional promise for the future. Candidates are restricted to faculty members holding the rank of assistant professor who have been on the MUSC faculty at least two, but no more than six, academic years.

Nature of fellowship
No more than three MUSC Foundation scholars are to be named each year. Scholars may be named in the basic or applied/clinical sciences category. Each fellow shall receive, along with a certificate, a $3,000 award to be used at the discretion of the awardee. During the fellowship year, each fellow shall present an open seminar on the nature of her/his work.

The criteria for eligibility are as follows:
  • Appointment to the faculty of MUSC for at least two years with current rank of assistant professor.
  • Appointment at the level of assistant professor for no longer than six years regardless of university affiliation.
  • Faculty members who have previously received this award are ineligible for re-nomination.
Selection procedure
Nominations for the MUSC Foundation Developing Scholars are solicited from MUSC faculty  by a call for applications from the associate provost for research. The committee appointed by the associate provost for research shall review applications and make recommendations. This committee shall consist of faculty members universitywide and no less than two distinguished scholars from outside MUSC, plus an M.D./Ph.D. student.

Selection criteria
Nominations shall be evaluated on the basis of the scholarly achievements of the applicant and the potential for further development of her/his creative efforts.
Nominations may be made by any member of the MUSC faculty. The nomination packet should consist of: the full curriculum vitae of the nominee, letters from three scholars outside MUSC attesting to the scholarly achievements of the nominee, and a statement from the nominator (not to exceed 1,000 words) outlining the candidate’s potential for continued growth and development, the quality of the nominee's work, and how his/her research has impacted the state of knowledge of her/his particular research area. The nomination letter should indicate whether the scholar is being nominated in the basic or applied/clinical sciences category.
All nominations should be sent to Stephen M. Lanier, Ph.D., associate provost for research, 179 Ashley Ave., Colcock Hall. The nomination deadline is March 14.


Friday, March 7, 2008
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