The William H. Miernyk Research Excellence Medal (the Miernyk Medal) competition is held annually among young scholars for the best solely-authored paper presented at the Southern Regional Science Meeting.

The Miernyk Medal may be awarded to any Ph.D. recipient at a rank of no higher than Assistant Professor at the time of the award. The winning paper will report the diligent and systematic enquiry and discovery of facts of principles relating to a topic of interest to regional scientists. The winning author must be the consensus choice of the panel. The Miernyk Medal may not be awarded every year, at the discretion of the panel.

Santiago Pinto, 2005 Shaoming Cheng, 2006 Olivier Parent, 2008
Santiago Pinto, 2005 Shaoming Cheng, 2006 Olivier Parent, 2008
 Zhenhua Chen Carlianne Patrick 2016
Zhenhua Chen, 2014  John V. Winters, 2015  Carlianne Patrick, 2016