Mogilski named 2022 Breakthrough Star

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Dr. Justin K. Mogilski, assistant professor of psychology, has been named a 2022 Breakthrough Star by the University of South Carolina Office of the Vice President for Research.

“It is a major privilege to offer my sincerest congratulations to every 2022 Breakthrough award recipient. I know from my own experiences working in UofSC’s labs and other research settings how high a bar our research community sets for itself. To rise to the top of such a distinguished group of professionals is a very remarkable feat,” Interim Vice President for Research Julius Fridriksson said.

This signature recognition program recognizes a small group of peer-nominated and reviewed faculty members from the Columbia, Comprehensive, and Palmetto College campuses. These faculty members exceed expectations in their fields, demonstrate exceptional potential, and have made outstanding contributions to research and scholarship during a short time at UofSC.

“Dr. Mogilski deserves the Breakthrough Star Award. The rest of the UofSC will soon recognize what we at USC Salkehatchie have seen in him for several years now. He has earned the respect of the faculty here, as evidenced by his election to USC Salkehatchie Faculty Chair, “ Interim Dean John Catalano said.

Mogilski joined USC Salkehatchie in 2018. He has been a major contributor to 7 peer-reviewed journal articles, has written several book chapters, and has reviewed over 60 pieces of scholarship for peer-reviewed journals. His work has been cited by various news sources.

“Dr. Mogilski has earned the reputation as an excellent teacher, involving his students in his research and bringing them into the scholarly discourse community,” Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs Bryan Love said. “His students frequently comment on his ability to facilitate open and useful discussion on course topics.”

Mogilski says his colleagues play a significant role in his success.

"I want to thank my colleagues at USC Salkehatchie, Oakland University, Bucknell University, Albright College, and elsewhere. My research is a labor of compassion, and it's only been possible with the love and insight of those who help and inspire me. I accept this award with gratitude for their investment in me," he said.

Mogilski was awarded the RISE grant (2019, 2021) the PURE grant (2021), and the ASPIRE grant (2020) by the university for his research. He currently serves as USC Salkehatchie’s faculty chair.

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