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Aubrey Keith Lucas and Ella Ginn Lucas Endowment for Faculty Excellence Awards

Applications are submitted through Workflow. To apply/submit an application, log in to Digital Measures, click on Workflow, then select the award application.

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This endowment was established in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Aubrey K. Lucas to support and reward faculty excellence in instruction and research. In an effort to support faculty, the endowment can be used for travel, laboratory expenses, wages, books, audiovisuals, or other resources. Proposals for the endowment can involve topics as related to instruction and/or research. A final report is not required.


The endowment is open to all faculty members except recipients from the previous year. Previous recipients must wait one year before applying for another Lucas endowment. Recipients of the endowment are allowed to teach full-time during the award period. Recipients who leave the University within the award period forfeit all funds and may be required to reimburse the USM Foundation for any funds spent.

Endowment Funds

Applicants can request up to $5,000 for the project. The funds from the endowment cannot be used as a salary supplement for the recipient, but recipients are allowed to teach full-time during the award period.  The funds from the endowment cannot be used for the purchase of gift cards. The recipients of the endowment will receive the funds in July 2020 and the funds must be used by June 30, 2021. 


  • Award announced – early spring semester
  • Funds available – from July 1, 2020 until June 30, 2021
  • After June 30, 2021, funds not used by the recipients will be returned to USM Foundation to be deposited in the Lucas Endowment.

 Criteria for Selection

  1. The clarity and comprehensiveness of the project description.
  2. The anticipated impact of the project on education at Southern Miss.
  3. The reasonableness of the budget as described in the proposal.
  4. The recommendation and comments in the letters of support (director and dean). 

Application Materials

The application materials should contain the following information and materials:

Cover Page

The cover page should include the following information:

  • Name of Applicant
  • Academic Rank of Applicant
  • College and School of Applicant
  • Title of Proposal
  • Type of Proposal (instruction and/or research)
  • Total Funds Requested (up to $5,000)
  • Starting and Ending Dates of Project (within the May 2020 – June 2021 time period)

Project Description

The project description should be single-spaced, formatted using a 12-point font with one-inch margins on all sides (limited to two pages for each applicant - 1000 words). The description should include:

  • Background
  • Purpose
  • Methodology
  • Anticipated impact to yourself and the university
  • Contribution to your field
  • Progress and Time-Line
  • Budget (with a justification for each expense)


  • Applicants will include a current vita, limited to two pages.

Letters of support

  • The application proposal should have two letters of support: a letter from the chair/director and a letter from the dean. Each letter should address the project and approve the release time. The applicant sends the cover page, project description, and current vita to the director for review. It is the responsibility of the director to attach a letter of support and submit the application materials, along with the letter, to the dean, who sends the application materials to the Office of the Provost (see details of submission below).

Submission of Application Materials

Submit the cover page, project description, and current vita to the director for review via Workflow in Digital Measures. The director electronically submits the application materials along with a letter of support to the dean for review. The dean will add a letter of support and electronically submit all sections of the application materials to the Office of the Provost (via Workflow). For additional information please contact Allison Gillespie in the Office of the Provost at (601) 266-5002.

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