SC INBRE network institutions receive national recognition

Two of the South Carolina IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (SC INBRE) institutions were recently recognized by the Council on Undergraduate Research. Furman University and Clemson University were in the top three schools to receive the 2016 Campus-wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishment (AURA). In its second year, the annual award recognizes institutions that have developed exemplary programs providing high-quality research experiences for undergraduates. The award requires campuses to have depth and breadth in their undergraduate research initiatives and evidence of innovation of a sustained nature. “Diversity, interdisciplinarity, and close attention to program assessment are some of the hallmarks of this year’s AURA class,” said CUR’s Executive Officer Elizabeth Ambos and President Susan Larson. “CUR is proud to honor these academic institutions that have embraced and excelled in promoting and expanding undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative inquiry on their campuses.”

This award is significant in showcasing the success of the SC INBRE program – SC INBRE, an $18.2 million five-year NIH grant supporting biomedical research throughout the state of South Carolina, has been continuously administered through the University of South Carolina, lead institution in the program since its inception in 2001. Institutions in the SC INBRE network receive financial support to fund Summer Undergraduate Research programs and to support individual faculty through competitive grants such as the Developmental Research Project Program (which is currently receiving requests for applications from the SC INBRE network and outreach institutions). SC INBRE also funds network-level activities such as symposia, workshops, pre-review of grant applications and a Bioinformatics Pilot Project Program open to investigators from all over South Carolina.

lucia pirisi-creekDr. Lucia Pirisi-Creek, professor in the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology at the USC School of Medicine-Columbia and SC INBRE program director stated, "SC INBRE has been instrumental in helping to develop biomedical research at Furman and is also a sponsor of research at Clemson. This award and recognition for two of our network institutions is very important in showing just how much INBRE's support means to furthering biomedical research throughout our South Carolina."

john wheeler"In only the second year of CUR’s AURA award program, both Furman and Clemson received this national recognition as the winners in their respective institutional categories, claiming two of the three winning spots in 2016 (two of the first six schools in the nation to be recognized by this prestigious award since its inception)." said Dr. John Wheeler, SC INBRE program director at Furman. "To have two schools in the same state recognized in the same year is remarkable; that they are located 30 miles apart, and in an EPSCoR/IDeA jurisdiction, is even more remarkable, and a testament to the effectiveness of programs like NIH INBRE, NSF EPSCoR and others."

martine labergeDr. Martine LaBerge, SC INBRE program director at Clemson said, “Bioengineering has greatly contributed to this award – all undergraduate students involved in the SC INBRE DRP projects participated in the Creative Inquiry program for the past years. Drs. Delphine Dean, Frank Alexis and Alexey Vertegel, previous INBRE target faculty have been pillars in the program.”


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November 8, 2016