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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:

Senior faculty nominees are:

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.


— Tanju

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