- Chancellor's awards for mentors to undergraduate researchers
- Undergraduates receive awards, too, along with Simonton Prizes
- Graduate Council honors faculty for work with grad students, postdocs
The end of the academic year brought awards for a key attribute of a UC Davis education: mentoring.
- Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research — Given in three categories: faculty, postdoc and project scientist/specialist. The ceremony also included the presentation of awards to students for excellence in undergraduate research (and Simonton cash prizes for each of the award winners).
- Distinguished Graduate and Postdoctoral Mentorship Awards — Presented by the Graduate Council of the Davis Division of the Academic Senate:
- Graduate Program Advising and Mentoring Awards — Presented by Graduate Education.
Chancellor Gary S. May honored the award-winning mentors during a virtual ceremony, thanking them for their dedication to undergraduate education and for the work they do “to empower these young researchers.”
“It’s true that UC Davis draws many bright students because of the robust opportunities to conduct research as an undergraduate,” he said. “More than 40 percent of our undergraduates participate in a research experience under the mentorship of a professor. This is truly exceptional. Our level of student participation and faculty support exceeds that of many other universities.
“Whether it’s scientific experimentation or the scholarly analysis of literature, performing research heightens the joy of learning and increases interaction with professors. ... The accomplishments of the students we honor today vividly demonstrate the difference between coursework and scholarship. Students become scholars when they take ownership of their learning –– that is, when they bring original and independent thinking to their studies.”
Here are the award recipients:
- Luis G. Carvajal-Carmona, professor and Auburn Community Cancer Endowed Chair in Basic Science, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, School of Medicine
- Jesse Drew, professor, Department of Cinema and Digital Media, College of Letters and Science
- John Richards, professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine
Postdoc and Project Scientist/Specialist
- Kelly Subramanian, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, College of Biological Sciences
Honorable mention: Nicole B. Coggins, Genome Center; and Michelle Cohn, Department of Linguistics, College of Letters and Science
- Ann Holmes, Department of Animal Science, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
- Katherine “Kailey” Lawson, Department of Psychology, College of Letters and Science
UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH AWARDS
Here are the recipients of the Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Research:
- Tomer Fidelman, economics and psychology double major
- Kelly Kagawa, French)
- Naomi Murray, ecology, evolution and biodiversity
- Jayashri Viswanathan, biochemistry and molecular biology
Each award was accompanied by a $500 Simonton Prize, funded by an endowment established in 1994 by psychology professor Dean Simonton (pictured), who is now a distinguished professor emeritus. “Including this year’s winners, 47 students have benefited from these awards,” Chancellor May said. “Dean Simonton, we thank you for your vision and generosity.”
Honorable mention: Sheridamae Gudez, sociology (law and society) and psychology; Matthew Sotoudeh, computer science and mathethematics; Barath Palanisamy, biomedical engineering; Vincent Pan, animal biology; and Felicia Grace Azzopardi, international relations.
Graduate and Postdoctoral
Four faculty members received awards for mentoring of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars:
- Carolyn Dewa, professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine
- Eleonora Grandi, associate professor, Department of Pharmacology, School of Medicine
- Jeffrey Hoch, professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine
- David Olson, assistant professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Letters and Science; and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, School of Medicine
Each mentoring honoree received a letter of recognition and $1,000.