2022 Graduate Program Advising and Mentoring Award
30 faculty across university recognized for their commitment to grad students
Sentiments of gratitude for commitment and personalized attention to graduate students were among the testimonials spoken about this year’s winners of Graduate Program Advising and Mentoring Award winners.
“[This professor]’s passion for research really shines through with their hands-on involvement in student projects,” said one nomination letter.
“[This professor] has an impeccable ability to identify students’ strengths and set them up to succeed,” said another.
“A commonly expressed sentiment from graduate students is that they “could not have done it without” [this professor,]” said a third.
Among the 30 faculty members who won the 2022 award, seven were from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, five were from the College of Biological Sciences, seven were from the College of Engineering, and nine were from the College of Letters and Sciences; the schools of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine had one winner each. This award is one of many Graduate Studies initiatives dedicated to showcasing and promoting positive advising and mentoring experiences within graduate education at UC Davis.
Jean-Pierre Delplanque, vice provost and dean of Graduate Studies, said it was an honor to acknowledge this year’s winners who exemplify the importance of mentorship and advising in graduate education.
“Mentorship and advising are critical aspects of graduate student success and pillar of the UC Davis Graduate Studies’ strategic plan, but these faculty are truly living this mission through their energy and effort,” he said. “We are so grateful to them for sharing their time and talents with our graduate students and postdocs.”
Here are the 2022 winners by college/school:
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
- Helen Dahlke Hydrologic Science
- Anna Denicol Animal Biology
- Matthew Gilbert Horticulture and Agronomy
- Cassandra Swett Plant Pathology
- Richard Sexton Agricultural Resource Economics
- Jay Rosenheim Entomology
- Andrew Whitehead Pharmacology and Toxicology
College of Biological Sciences
- Siobhan Brady Plant Biology
- Ele Grandi Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology
- Tonya Kuhl Biophysics
- Marilyn Ramenofsky Animal Behavior
- Anna La Torre BMCDB
College of Engineering
- Zhaojun Bai Computer Science
- Michele Barbato Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Coleman Kronawitter Chemical Engineering
- Alan Jenn Transportation Technology & Policy
- Omeed Momeni Electrical and Computer Engineering
- Scott Simon Biomedical Engineering
- Yayoi Takamura Material Science Engineering
College of Letters and Sciences
- Kyle Crabtree Chemistry
- Frances Dolan English
- Bo Feng Communications
- Eugene Gorsky Math
- James Griesemer Philosophy
- Meaghan O'Keefe Religion
- Thomas Lee Statistics
- Andrew Wetzel Physics
- Georgia Zellou Linguistic
School of Medicine
- Diana Cassady Public Health
School of Veterinary Medicine
- Damian Genetos Integrative Pathobiology
More about the award
To be considered for this award, graduate programs nominated faculty members who displayed outstanding excellence in advising and mentoring of their graduate students. As part of the nomination process, these Graduate programs highlighted faculty for their service to the program, commitment to advising and mentoring, and positive impact on graduate students and colleagues. This was an optional recognition program and graduate programs participated at will. The award recipients received a letter of recognition from the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies that can be included in merit and promotion files or to document their service for grant applications or organizations.
For more information on Graduate Studies' mentoring resources, awards, and programs, visit the mentoring website.