COLUMBIA, S.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SCRA today congratulated the recipients of the South Carolina Academy of Science's Governor's Awards for Excellence in Science. Governor Nikki Haley recently presented five awards to researchers from Clemson University and the University of South Carolina (USC). Each award recognized excellence in a different area of science.
The awards, created in 1985 and sponsored by SCRA, SCRA Technology Ventures and MWV, honor individuals or teams within South Carolina that have made extraordinary achievements and contributions to science. SCRA sponsored three awards for Excellence in Scientific Research, won by Dr. Apparao Rao of Clemson, Dr. John Ballato of Clemson and Dr. Russell Pate of USC. SCRA Technology Ventures sponsored the Young Researcher Award for Excellence in Scientific Research, won by Dr. Brian Powell of Clemson. Dr. Pate was also selected for the Excellence in Scientific Awareness Award, sponsored by MWV.
"SCRA is delighted to join with our corporate partner and future neighbor, MWV, to sponsor the 2014 Governor's Awards. These awards are an essential program of the S.C. Academy of Science and inspire front-line scientific researchers at our universities, boosting South Carolina’s Knowledge Economy and leading directly to high-paying technology jobs in the state."
The South Carolina Academy of Science, founded in 1924, is a state-wide, interdisciplinary science organization. Membership is open for anyone with an interest in science.
SCRA is an applied research corporation with over 31 years of experience delivering technology solutions with high returns on investment to federal and corporate clients. To fulfill our mission, SCRA has three sectors: our Technology Ventures sector helps early-stage companies to commercialize innovations and create jobs, our Applied R&D sector manages national and international R&D programs worth nearly $2 billion in contract value and our R&D Facilities sector builds and manages research facilities that include wet labs, secure rooms for sensitive work and advanced, high-tech manufacturing shops. Multiple economic impact studies show SCRA’s cumulative output into South Carolina’s economy to be over $16.6 billion.