Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

Congratulations to the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Mentoring Undergraduate Research Awardees for 2022!

 

Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Dean Keith Simonton Prize Awardees:

  • Henry Low, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior
  • Mimi McMillan, Art Studio/English
  • Lillian Tran, Environmental Toxicology
  • Hannah Wang, Communication

Excellence in Undergraduate Research Honorable Mention:

  • Sarah Costanzo, Environmental Science and Management
  • Katherine Hand, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior

Excellence in Mentoring Research Awardees:  

   Graduate Student Category:

  • Jesse Kolber, Sociology
  • Iris Holzer, Soils and Biogeochemistry

   Post Doc/Project Scientist Category:

  • Marina LaForgia, Ph.D., Evolution and Ecology

   Post Doc/Project Scientist Category Honorable Mention:

  • Ryan Toedebusch, Ph.D., Surgical & Radiological: VM

   Faculty Category:

  • Nitzan Shabek, Ph.D., Plant Biology

   Faculty Honorable Mention:

  • Jacob Hibel, Ph.D., Sociology

 

Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research - Dean Keith Simonton Prize

The Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research, coupled with the Dean Keith Simonton Prize, is an annual award instituted in 1994. The award recognizes outstanding undergraduate students for their research, scholarship or creative activity tied to any academic subject and performed while at UC Davis.  Successful submissions should clearly demonstrate and effectively communicate the outstanding contributions to research and discovery in their discipline, with an emphasis on the student's independent contributions.

Nominations are also accepted for the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research in three categories: 1) faculty, 2) postdoc or project scientist/specialist, and 3) graduate student.  The nominee in each category must be exceptional for his/her/their contribution to the mentoring of undergraduate students in research and/or creative activities.    

Eligibility:  

  • An UC Davis undergraduate student in good academic standing
  • A graduating senior this current academic year.  
  • Eligible to participate in the June commencement ceremonies
  • Have conducted your independent research under the direction of a UC Davis faculty member
  • Considered an outstanding undergraduate researcher by your faculty research sponsor

What are the benefits of winning the award?

Undergraduate recipients of the prestigious award receive:

  • $1000 Dean Keith Simonton Prize (stipend)
  • Engraved plaque
  • Special recognition at the Chancellor’s Award Reception

Application Information:  

The application consists of the nominated student applying with the following:

  • A PDF with a 1-2 page summary, (12 point font, single spaced) describing your project in a way that emphasizes your independent contributions and communicates the project clearly to a committee comprised of faculty from diverse academic disciplines AND a field specific example of your project (e.g., poster, thesis, etc.). 
  • A nomination letter from the faculty sponsor 
  • In addition to the nomination letter, at least one supporting recommendation letter is required. A second supporting letter of recommendation is optional. All letters should be no more than 2 pages long, 12-point font, single spaced.  
  • You will enter information for your nominating professor and other supporting letter writer(s) and they will each be sent an email to upload the letter directly into the application.

    FAQs

    APPLICATION 

    Deadlines:

    Application:  April 12, 2023, 11:59 p.m.
    Letters of Nomination/Support: April 14, 2023, 11:59 p.m.

    Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research

    This annual award was instituted in 1994 to recognize faculty for excellence in mentoring undergraduate research as a way to emphasize the importance and visibility of faculty’s contribution to the excellence in mentoring and advocacy for undergraduate research and creative activities. The annual award was expanded to recognize the critical contributions of individuals at the graduate and post-doc level in 2015 and further expanded to include nominations of project scientists/specialists in 2021.  The nominee in each category must be exceptional for his/her/their contribution to the mentoring of undergraduate students in research and/or creative activities.  The recipients will be announced at the Chancellor's Award Reception in June with winners receiving a special plaque and $500 award.

    Who may nominate:

    • Undergraduate students
    • Postdocs
    • Project Scientists/specialists
    • Graduate students
    • Staff

    This year we now have three categories of mentors you can nominate!

    • Faculty who mentor undergraduate researchers
    • Graduate students who mentor undergraduate researchers
    • Postdocs and Project scientist/specialists who mentor undergraduate researchers

    How many letters are required?

    Two letters are required (and third is optional).  

    • One letter of nomination from the list above.
    • One additional letter of recommendation from the list above.
    • A third letter of recommendation is optional.

    Letters may be no more than 2 pages long, 12-point font, single spaced. Letters co-signed by 2 or more people (e.g. by several students) are also acceptable.

    FAQs

    NOMINATION FORM 

    Deadlines:

    Application:  April 12, 2023, 11:59 p.m.
    Letters of Nomination/Support: April 14, 2023, 11:59 p.m.