Chancellor’s Fellows: ‘Stellar’ In Every Way

Philanthropy Provides Early Career Research Support

They are prolific scholars, strong teachers, effective mentors and dedicated contributors to campus. Their work is novel, unique and cutting-edge, groundbreaking and pathbreaking.

These are among the superlatives in UC Davis letters of nomination for the university’s newest class of Chancellor’s Fellows in a program begun 18 years ago to provide philanthropic support to early career faculty members. This year’s fellows, 12 of them, are all associate professors; they work in fields ranging from optical imaging technology and assisted reproductive techniques in livestock, to social psychology, and Jewish and German intellectual history.

“I am proud to call all of them ‘Chancellor’s Fellows,’” Chancellor Gary S. May said. “They are the kind of stellar educators and researchers who make UC Davis a world-renown institution. They will likely go on to win more prestigious awards and grants in their fields, thanks to the early support of their research from this award.” 

The “Chancellor’s Fellow” title is theirs to keep for five years, and each fellow receives $25,000 to advance their research projects and other scholarly work. Funding comes from private donations to the UC Davis Annual Fund and the UC Davis Parents Fund. See all Giving opportunities.

“At UC Davis, our donors make a meaningful difference in the world by encouraging innovation in teaching, research and other scholarly work,” said Shaun Keister, vice chancellor of Development and Alumni Relations. “This year’s cohort of Chancellor’s Fellows is a perfect example of the important work that is propelled by gifts of all sizes.”

Here are the new fellows (click anywhere in each box, to see the fellow's lab or faculty page):

Andy Fell, Dave Jones, Kat Kerlin and Karen Nikos-Rose, senior public information representatives in the Office of Strategic Communications, contributed to this report.

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