Graduates of promise: Meet the University Medalists
The University Medal
An anonymous donor’s gift established the University Medal in 1965 to recognize a graduating senior for excellence in undergraduate studies, outstanding community service and the promise of future scholarship and contributions to society.
Today, the award includes a plaque with an inlaid medal and a $2,000 honorarium.
A subcommittee of the Academic Senate considers nominations from the undergraduate colleges, and then interviews finalists and recommends a candidate for the chancellor’s approval.
Some graduates from UC Davis are in a class all their own.
Each year, the university awards the top graduating senior with the University Medal for excellence in undergraduate studies, outstanding community service and the promise of future scholarship and contributions to society.
This medalist then joins a select group of Aggies who have further distinguished themselves through their achievements and their impact on their world.
Today, these medalists include the U.S. Treasury Department’s chief economist, the president of a Thai university, an art professor and other academics, 10 doctors as well as engineers, lawyers and math teachers. Their work ranges from trying to find a cure for cancer to helping the poor in developing countries.
Together, the more than 45 medalists have earned at least 53 advanced degrees, and seven younger medalists are still working toward doctorates or bound for medical school. Several hold patents.
Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi said the university is extremely proud of its University Medalists: “They exemplify the best of UC Davis: the quest for discovery, the passion for service and the drive to excel.”
This website celebrates the University Medalists. They tell how they were profoundly affected by opportunities to explore their world and challenge themselves at UC Davis. They remember mentors. They share the fascinating things they’re doing now. And one introduces you to his son: Gavin Davis. In the weeks and months ahead we intend to gather and add to the website photographs of all the medalists.