GSSM to Honor Clemson's Dr. John C. Morse

January 26, 2015

The South Carolina Governor's School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) will honor Dr. John C. Morse with its inaugural Distinguished Research Leadership Award during the 26th Annual Research Colloquium, Saturday, January 31, 10 a.m., Hartsville, SC.

Dr. Morse is a Professor Emeritus of Entomology at Clemson University and the Director Emeritus of the University’s Arthropod Collection.

Morse began mentoring GSSM students in 1991 through the then newly established Summer Program for Research Interns (SPRI). Morse has been the longest actively serving mentor in program history and many of his students have gone on to pursue careers in scientific research as a result of his unique direction and unmatched influence.

GSSM established the Distinguished Research Leadership Award to honor the commitment of time, talent, education and inspiration that mentors like Dr. Morse provide our students. Our School and graduates have been highly impacted by Dr. Morse’s support, mentorship and knowledge. It is for these reasons and more, that GSSM is proud to honor Dr. John C. Morse with the first-ever Distinguished Research Leadership Award.

"Dr. John C. Morse has supported our students, school and research program for 26 years and has modeled the commitment and qualities that make SPRI research mentors invaluable to our research program," said Randy La Cross, VP for Outreach and Research at GSSM. "I will never forget visiting Dr. Morse's lab for the first time to check on the progress of one of our students conducting research under his supervision. I left the lab with a deep sense of appreciation for the quality of the research experience Dr. Morse was providing and how fortunate it was for GSSM students to be able to conduct research under his supervision."

During the 26th Annual Research Colloquium 111 students will present findings from scientific research conducted during their participation in the 2014 SPRI, and its international component, the Research Experience Scholars Program (RESP). SPRI, a graduation requirement for GSSM students, is a hands-on, educational initiative that matches rising seniors with mentors at corporate research and development labs, research universities and hospital cancer centers in South Carolina, the U.S., Europe and Asia.

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