Award for Excellence in Service to Graduate Students

Instituted in 2002, the Award for Excellence in Service to Graduate Students (AESGS) seeks to recognize those who work diligently to advance the status of graduate students throughout UC Davis. We need your help to identify members of the staff, faculty, or administration that have demonstrated their commitment and resolve in pursuing graduate student interests. Nominees will be evaluated by the GSA assembly according to their merit and the winner will be presented with a plaque recognizing their hard work and a gift from the Association.

If you know someone deserving of this honor, please submit a Nomination Form. The 2017 Nomination deadline is April 28th. Questions about the nomination please email

2016 Award Recipients

  • Shirley Luckhart; Professor, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology and UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology
  • Alan Rose; Project Scientist, Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology

Past Recipients


  • Rebecca Ambrose; Associate Professor of Education and Interim Co-Director of Teacher Education
  • Jessica Drushell; Graduate Coordinator, Graduate Group in Immunology


  • Victoria Dye; Graduate Programs Administrator, Art History, Art Studio, Design, & Dramatic Art
  • Dr. James Trimmer; Professor and Chair, Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, Physiology and Membrane Biology.


  • Christal Wintersmith; Student Affairs Officer, Biomedical Engineering Graduate Group
  • Dr. Kevin J. Grimm; Associate Professor, Department of Psychology


  • Anna Darbee; Graduate Program Coordinator, Political Science
  • Dr. Robert Kimsey; Professor, Department of Entomology


  • Dr. Kerry Enright; Assistant Professor, School of Education
  • Dr. Claire Waters; Associate Professor, Department of English


  • Mikaela Huntzinger; Director of Faculty & Grad Student Programs, Teaching Resources Center


  • Sylvia Padilla; Student Affairs Officer, Graduate Group in Ecology


  • Dr. David Hird; Professor, Department of Medicine and Epidemiology
  • Stephanie Macey-Gallow; Graduate Coordinator, Evolution and Ecology


  • Jesus De Loera; Professor, Mathematics


  •  Amelia Swearingen; Professional Programs Coordinator, School of Education


  • Dr. Jeffery Gibeling; Dean, Graduate Studies
  • Dr. Joan Cadden; Professor, History Department
  • Alisha Nork; Graduate Program Assistant, Animal Science


  • Celia Davis; Student Services Manager, Mathematics


  • Dr. Debora Paterniti; Associate Director, Center for Health Services Research


  • Teresa Dillinger; Coordinator, Office of Graduate Studies and the ICC

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