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Presidents Research Awards

President Research Awards

Dongming Mei

Stanley May

Haoran Sun

Three faculty members for outstanding research. The researchers were awarded grants in three categories, including the President's Awards for Research Excellence for Early-Mid Career Faculty; Established Faculty; and the President's Award for Research Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Recipients were selected through a highly competitive process with external reviewers. The selections are a strong endorsement of each researcher's creativity and innovation, and an honor for the university to bestow.

This year, the researchers receiving the prestigious awards include:

President's Award for Research Excellence: Early-Mid Career Faculty
  • Haoran Sun, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry
President's Award for Research Excellence: Established Faculty
  • Dongming Mei, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Physics
President's Award for Research Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Stanley May, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Chemistry
 

In each category, candidates were reviewed based on past and current research accomplishments, including criteria such as publications, presentations, successful grantsmanship, serving as a peer reviewer, maintenance of an active graduate and/or undergraduate program, and other competitive research awards. The Innovation & Entrepreneurship award further required demonstrated innovative thinking or research findings that had promising commercial potential as well as a concept that had progressed beyond the theoretical stage to the applied stage.

"Research is an essential component of USD's mission, and one of many ways USD contributes to the economic development of the state," said James W. Abbott, USD President.  "Our award winners this year are from chemistry and physics, which are disciplines of significant strength at USD and complementary to the university's prominence in the fine arts, humanities, and professional programs."

Each award recipient receives a $3,000 grant and a plaque. The President's Awards for Research Excellence for Early-Mid Career Faculty and Established Faculty, and the President's Award for Research Innovation & Entrepreneurship are awarded annually and open to USD faculty in each of the three categories.

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