SCRA Congratulates Governor’s Award Winners

Recognized for Outstanding Work in Scientific Research

COLUMBIA, S.C.--()--SCRA today congratulated the recipients of the South Carolina Academy of Science's Governor's Awards for Excellence in Science. Lt. Governor Henry McMaster stood-in for Governor Haley during the ceremony held last week and presented five awards to researchers from the University of South Carolina (USC), the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) and Furman University. Each award recognized excellence in a different area of science.

The award categories and recipients were:

  • Excellence in Scientific Research, Dr. Asif Kahn, USC
  • Excellence in Scientific Awareness, Dr. Perry Halushka, MUSC
  • Young Scientist Award for Excellence in Scientific Research, Dr. Matt Carpenter, MUSC
  • Young Scientist Award for Excellence in Scientific Research, Dr. Brenda Garcia-Diaz, Savannah River National Laboratory
  • Excellence in Scientific Research at a Predominantly Undergraduate Institution, Dr. John Wheeler, Furman University

The awards, created in 1985 and sponsored by SCRA and other corporate partners, honor individuals or teams within South Carolina that have made extraordinary achievements and contributions to science. This is the first time a researcher from the Savannah River National Laboratory has won an award, showcasing South Carolina’s growth and innovation.

"SCRA is delighted to support the Governor's Awards that recognize these talented individuals and their contributions to science,” said SCRA CEO Bill Mahoney. “These awards are an essential program of the S.C. Academy of Science and inspire front-line scientific researchers at our universities and other facilities, boosting South Carolina’s technology-based economy and leading directly to high-paying jobs in the state. SCRA is pleased to have supported Dr. Kahn in both of his innovative, start-up companies that employ over 120 people in the Midlands area."

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.

About SCRA Technology Ventures

SCRA Technology Ventures enables research commercialization and promotes the development of high tech industries, enhancing South Carolina’s technology-based economy. Through its flagship SC Launch program, this SCRA business sector makes investments in and offers supports services to South Carolina’s early stage, start-up technology companies.

Multiple economic impact studies show SCRA's cumulative output on South Carolina's economy to be over $18.1 billion, and that the company has helped create approximately 15,000 technology-related jobs in the state, with annual wages averaging between $55,000 and $77,000.


Micki Howard MacNaughton, 843-760-3329, office; 843-697-9226, mobile

Release Summary

SCRA sponsored the recent Governor's Awards for Excellence in Science. The awards were recently presented to deserving South Carolinians during an event at the SC Statehouse.


Micki Howard MacNaughton, 843-760-3329, office; 843-697-9226, mobile