Create. Collaborate. Impact. And Celebrate too.      

Tanju Karanfil
Tanju Karanfil

Next week, faculty from across Clemson’s footprint will gather at the annual Research Symposium, providing a rare opportunity for us to congregate with our colleagues from different colleges and disciplines. This synergy is critical to our efforts to improve the world through scholarship and discovery. I hope you will join me as we share big ideas and celebrate our successes by announcing our Researcher of the Year and honoring this year’s recipients of the University Research, Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Awards.

To become one of the nation’s premiere research institutions, we must break down silos and work collaboratively. Solutions to complex global problems require new knowledge created by collaborative, interdisciplinary teams of scientists with unique perspectives and ideas. The Research Symposium is a great opportunity to nurture this collaboration.

The Research Symposium logo includes the words "2022 Clemson University Research Symposium" written inside an orange and purple circle. Provost Jones and I will hold our annual symposium forum in the morning with brief presentations and time to answer questions. Faculty members from each college will lead a plenary session to discuss “The Future of Research and Scholarship in a Changing Climate.” Graduate students will present their 3-minute thesis. There are numerous breakout sessions for faculty to share their work and ideas, as well as a networking and social hour. Details of the event are posted online and I encourage you to register in advance here.

One of the event’s highlights is the recognition of our Researcher of the Year, when we pause to recognize all of the hard work you have done over the past year to advance your research, mentor your students and give the gift of new knowledge to the world.

Each year at the Symposium, we name two Researchers of the Year: a senior faculty member; and a junior faculty member who received their terminal degree within the past 10 years. For the exceptionally difficult task of choosing a winner, an interdisciplinary committee has independently and anonymously scored nominations submitted by the colleges. Of course, all of our nominees are deserving.

The image includes headshots of 12 people nominated for Researcher of the YearHere are this year’s nominees (listed by alphabetical order of the colleges) in the junior faculty category:

  • Andreea Mihalache, assistant professor of architecture in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities;
  • Vidya Suseela, assistant professor of plant and environmental sciences in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences.
  • Kaileigh Byrne, assistant professor of psychology in the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences;
  • Matt Hersel, assistant professor of management in the College of Business;
  • Luke Rapa, assistant professor of education and human development in the College of Education; and
  • Nathan McNeese, assistant professor in the School of Computing with the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences;

Senior faculty nominees are:

  • Vernon Burton, professor of history in the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities;
  • Christopher Saski, associate professor of plant and environmental sciences in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences;
  • Bryan Miller, associate professor of sociology, anthropology and criminal justice in the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences;
  • Scott Swain, professor of marketing in the College of Business.
  • Joseph Ryan, distinguished professor of education and human development in the College of Education; and
  • Brian Powell, professor of environmental engineering and earth sciences in the College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences;

You can find more information on each nominee, including links to their faculty biographies, on our Researcher of the Year webpage.

This is an incredible group of scholars. I hope you will join me and President Clements in celebrating your colleagues at our Research Awards Ceremony at 12:45 p.m. May 10 in the auditorium at the Watt Family Innovation Center. At that time, we will also recognize this year’s recipients of the University Research, Scholarship and Artistic Achievement Awards (URSAAA), which recognizes faculty who have earned rare career milestones, such as receiving the highest level of national or international recognition in their field, authoring a paper that has received more than 1,000 citations, or expending more than $1 million on research in a fiscal year.

We are fortunate to have so many exceptional peers at Clemson. Don’t miss the opportunity to congregate with the many talented people who call Clemson home. See you at the Research Symposium.

Sincerely,

— Tanju