Francis Marion University biology professor David J. Stroup received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Science during a ceremony at the governor’s office in Columbia, Aug. 13.
The award was established in 1985 by the Drug Science Foundation to honor an individual or team within the state whose achievements and contributions to science in South Carolina merit special recognition, and to promote wider awareness of the quality and extent of scientific activity in South Carolina.
Since 1989, the award has been under joint sponsorship of the governor’s office, the S.C. Commission on Higher Education, and the S.C. Academy of Science. Industries have also joined as sponsors, including Roche Carolina Inc. of Florence and MeadWestvaco of Charleston.
Two awards are given annually, with one being for scientific discovery and the other for scientific awareness. Stroup received the award for scientific awareness. John Baynes of the University of South Carolina received the award for scientific discovery.
The award consists of an honorarium and a framed certificate, which is presented at an awards ceremony in conjunction with the S.C. Academy of Science’s annual meeting. A separate awards ceremony is held at the governor’s office.
Stroup became president of the S.C. Academy of Science in July, and was recently named the Palmetto Professor of Biology at FMU. He has been a biology professor at FMU since 1987.
He earned the B.S. degree in biology from the University of Akron and the Ph.D. degree in biology from West Virginia University.
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