The Award for Excellence in Service to Graduate Students

The Awards for Excellence in Service to Graduate Students (AESGS) is currently the only award granted by the Graduate Student Association. Since 2002, the Graduate Student Association annually awards two faculty and staff and staff members in recognition of their commitment to the success of graduate students at UC Davis. 

Possible recipients are nominated by students. The nomination period will open in late Winter or early Spring quarter and the finalists will be awards during the May general assembly meeting. For questions about the nomination process, please email the Internal Vice President (

2020 Award for Excellent in Service to Graduate Students Winners:

  • Professor Julia Menard-Warwick, Department of Linguistics
  • Professor John Slater, Chair, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Associate Professor of Spanish
  • Stella C. Mancillas, Graduate Program Coordinator, Department of Native American Studies
  • Tina Denena, Department of Mathematics

Previous Winners: 

2019: Dr. Megan Welsh, Associate Professor in the School of Education, and Lisa Ronco, Graduate Program Coordinator for Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. 

2018: Dr. Nichole Rabaud, Graduate Program Coordinator for Food Science and Viticulture & Enology, and Dr. Mark Jerng, Associate Professor of English.

2017: Dr. Jean-Pierre Delplanque, Associate Dean for Students in Graduate Studies, Professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Lisa Brown, Graduate Group Coordinator, Horticulture & Agronomy.

2016: Shirley Luckhart, Professor, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology and UC Davis Department of Entomology and Nematology, and Alan Rose, Project Scientist, Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology.