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Awards at a Glance

CBS faculty are the honored recipients of the following distinguished awards:

American Academy of Arts and Science

National Academy of Sciences

American Association for the Advancement of Science (Fellows)

California Academy of Science (Fellows)

Académie des Sciences de l'Institut de France

Royal Society (Fellow)

National Medal of Science

NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow

Kimmel Scholars Award

The Pew Charitable Trusts

Bodil M. Schmidt-Nielsen Distinguished Mentor and Scientist Award

Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Early Career Scientist Appointment

UC Davis Academic Federation Excellence in Teaching Award

UC Davis Academic Federation - James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award

UC Davis Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award

UC Davis Academic Senate Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award

UC Davis Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecturer

UC Davis Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

UC Davis Chancellor's Fellows

UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement

UC Presidential Award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research

College/Division of Biological Sciences Faculty Teaching Award

Novozymes Biotech, Inc. Endowed Chair in Genomics

Paul K. and Ruth R. Stumpf Professorship in Plant Biochemistry

Endowed Chair in Physiology

Distinguished Faculty, Awards and Fellowships

Many College of Biological Science faculty have received national recognition through election to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (Fellows) and selected distinguished awards and fellowships.

American Academy of Arts and Sciences

  • Maureen Stanton, professor (EVE) - 2012
  • Charles Langley, distinguished professor (EVE) – 2007
  • Stephen Kowalczykowski, distinguished professor (MMG) – 2005
  • Michael Turelli, professor (EVE) – 2005
  • Thomas W. Schoener, distinguished professor (EVE) – 1991
  • Peter R. Marler, professor emeritus (NPB) – 1970

National Academy of Sciences

  • Harris Lewin, Vice Chancellor for Research, professor (EVE) – 2012
  • Eric E. Conn, professor emeritus (MCB) – 1988
  • Deborah Delmer, professor emeritus (PLB) – 2004
  • Roy Doi, distinguished professor emeritus (MCB) – 2006
  • Emanuel Q. Epstein, professor emeritus (PLB) – 1978
  • Melvin M. Green, professor emeritus (MCB) – 1980
  • Edward J. Jones, distinguished professor/director (Center for Neuroscience) – 2004
  • Stephen Kowalczykowski, distinguished professor (MMG) - 2007
  • J. Clark Lagarias, professor (MCB) – 2001
  • John Roth, distinguished professor (MMG) – 1988
  • Thomas W. Schoener, distinguished professor (EVE) – 1984
  • G. Ledyard Stebbins, professor emeritus (Genetics) – 1952
  • Paul K. Stumpf, professor emeritus (MCB) – 1978

American Academy of Microbiology

  • Jonathan Eisen, professor (EVE) - 2012
  • Wolf-Dietrich Heyer, professor (MMG) - 2012
  • Paul Baumann, professor (MMG)
  • Stephen C. Kowalczykowski, distinguished professor (MMG)
  • John R. Roth, distinguished professor (MMG)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (Fellows)

  • Frederick T. Addicott, professor emeritus (PLB)
  • Judy Callis, professor (MCB)
  • Leo M. Chalupa, distinguished professor and chair (NPB)
  • Ernest S. Chang, professor (NPB)
  • Peter Chesson, professor emeritus (EVE)
  • Luca Comai, professor (PLB)
  • James S. Clegg, professor emeritus (MCB)
  • John H. Crowe, professor emeritus (MCB)
  • Michael Dahmus, distinguished professor emeritus and former chair (MCB)
  • Katayoon "Katie" Dehesh, professor (PLB)
  • Roy H. Doi, distinguished professor emeritus (MCB)
  • Emanuel Q. Epstein, professor emeritus (PLB)
  • Carol Erickson, professor (MCB)
  • Charles Gasser, professor (MCB)
  • Leslie D. Gottlieb, professor emeritus (EVE)
  • John Harada, professor (PLB)
  • Milton Hildebrand, professor emeritus (EVE)
  • Barbara A. Horwitz, distinguished professor (NPB) and Interim Provost
  • Edward G. Jones, distinguished professor and director (Center for Neuroscience)
  • Stephen Kowalczykowski, distinguished professor (MMG)
  • Julie Leary, professor (MCB)
  • William J. Lucas, distinguished professor and chair (PLB)
  • Julin N. Maloof, professor (PLB)
  • Peter R. Marler, professor emeritus (Zoology)
  • Richard Michelmore professor (MCB) and director, UC Davis Genome Center
  • Brian C. Mulloney, professor (NPB)
  • Diana Myles, professor (MCB)
  • Richard L. Nuccitelli, professor emeritus (MCB)
  • Timothy G. Prout, professor emeritus (EVE)
  • Raymond L. Rodriguez, professor (MCB)
  • John Roth, distinguished professor (MMG)
  • Carl Schmid, professor emeritus (MCB)
  • Irwin Segel, distinguished professor emeritus (MCB)
  • Arthur M. Shapiro, professor (EVE)
  • Neelima Ray Sinha, professor (PLB)
  • Judy A. Stamps, professor emeritus (EVE)
  • Donald R. Strong, distinguished professor (EVE)
  • Paul K. Stumpf, professor emeritus (MCB) (deceased)
  • Venkatesan Sundaresan, professor (PLB)
  • John S. Werner, professor (NPB)
  • Susan Williams, professor (EVE) and director, Bodega Marine Laboratory
  • John C. Wingfield, professor (NPB)
  • Martin C. Wilson, professor (NPB)

California Academy of Science (Fellows)

  • James A. Doyle, professor (EVE)
  • Richard Grosberg, professor (EVE)
  • Peter R. Marler, professor emeritus (Zoology)
  • Arthur M. Shapiro, professor (EVE)
  • Maureen Stanton, professor and chair (EVE)
  • Catherine A. Toft, professor (EVE)
  • Peter C. Wainwright, professor (EVE)

Selected Distinguished Awards and Fellowships


NIH Director's Pioneer Award

  • James E.K. Hildreth, dean, College of Biological Sciences & professor (MCB)
    2011 - 2016

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

  • Neil Hunter, professor (MMG)
    2013 - 2018

Ecological Society of America

  • Thomas W. Schoener, distinguished professor of evolution and ecology
  • Donald R. Strong Jr., distinguished professor of evolution and ecology

Academie des Sciences de l'Institut de France

  • William Lucas, professor of plant biology

Royal Society (Fellow)

  • Peter R. Marler, professor emeritus (Zoology) - 2008

National Medal of Science

  • G. Ledyard Stebbins, professor emeritus (Genetics) – 1979

NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award

  • Charles Gasser, professor (MCB) – 1990
  • Judy Callis, professor (MCB) – 1991

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

  • W. Martin Usrey, associate professor (NPB) and Center for Neuroscience – 2001
  • William DeBello, associate professor (NPB) and Center for Neuroscience – 2004

Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship

  • Jonathan Eisen, professor (EVE) - 2011
  • Graham Coop, assistant professor (EVE) - 2009
  • Hwai-Jong Cheng, associate professor (NPB) and Center for Neuroscience – Neuroscience, 2004
  • A. Kimberley McAllister, associate professor (NPB) and Center for Neuroscience – Neuroscience, 2001
  • Martin Usrey, associate professor (NPB) and Center for Neuroscience – Neuroscience, 2001
  • Mitchell Sutter, professor (NPB) and Center for Neuroscience – Neuroscience, 1996
  • Gregg Recanzone, professor and chair (NPB) and Center for Neuroscience – Neuroscience, 1995
  • Brian Mulloney, professor of biological sciences (NPB) - 1975-1977

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow

  • Robert E. Hungate, professor emeritus (MMG) – 1950
  • Daniel I. Axelrod , professor emeritus (Botany) – 1952
  • Ledyard Stebbins , professor emeritus – 1953, 1960
  • John Tucker , professor emeritus (Botany) – 1955
  • Melvin Green, professor emeritus (MCB) – 1956, 1968
  • Everett Williams Jameson, Jr , professor emeritus (Zoology) – 1958
  • Paul K. Stumpf , professor emeritus (Biochemistry) – 1961, 1968
  • Peter R. Marler , professor emeritus (Zoology) – 1964
  • Grady Webster , professor emeritus (Botany) – 1964
  • John Lyman Ingraham , professor emeritus (MMG) – 1965
  • Norma J. Lang , professor emeritus (Botany) – 1969
  • Jerry Hedrick, professor emeritus (MCB) – 1971
  • Paul Alexander Castelfranco, professor emeritus (Botany) – 1973
  • John Roth, distinguished professor (Microbiology) – 1974
  • Leslie D. Gottlieb, professor emeritus (EVE) – 1975
  • Michael Turelli , professor (EVE) – 1986
  • Carl Schmid, professor emeritus (MCB) – 1988
  • Thomas W. Schoener, distinguished professor (EVE) – 1992
  • Artyom Kopp, assistant professor (EVE) – 2009

Kimmel Scholars Award

  • Ken Kaplan, associate professor (EVE) – 2001

The Pew Charitable Trusts

  • Kenneth H. Britten, professor (NPB) and Center for Neuroscience – 1994 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences
  • A. Kimberley Mc Allister, associate professor (NPB) and Center for Neuroscience – 2001 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences

Bodil M. Schmidt-Nielsen Distinguished Mentor and Scientist Award

  • Barbara A. Horwitz, distinguished professor (Animal Physiology) and Vice Provost Academic Personnel - 2007

Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal

  • John Roth, distinguished professor (MMG) - 2009

Wolf Prize in Agriculture

  • Harris Lewin, Vice Chancellor for Research, professor (EVE)*
    *This award is based on research conducted during Dr. Lewin's time at the University of Illinois

Plant Science Program HHMI-GBMF Investigator

  • Simon Chan, assistant professor of plant biology - 2011
    (deceased)

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Early Career Scientist Appointment

  • Neil Hunter, associate professor of microbiology and of molecular and cellular biology - 2009

Hartwell Foundation Individual Biomedical Research Award

  • Frederic Chedin, associate professor of molecular & celluar biology - 2012

Recipients of Major Campus Awards


UC Davis Academic Federation Excellence in Teaching Award

  • Tom Adamson, lecturer (NPB) - 1996
  • Deborah Canington, academic coordinator and lecturer (PLB) - 1998
  • Susan Keen, lecturer (EVE) - 2006
  • Erwin Bautista, lecturer (NPB) - 2007
  • James Shaffrath, lecturer (NPB) - 2008
  • Eric Mann, lecturer (Microbiology) - 2012

UC Davis Academic Federation - James H. Meyer Distinguished Achievement Award

  • Martina Newell-McGloughlin, director UC Davis Biotechnology Program - 2001
  • Carole Hom, academic coordinator (EVE) - 2005

UC Davis Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award

  • Michael G. Barbour, professor (Botany) - 1988
  • Ernest M. Gifford, professor emeritus (Botany) - 1986
  • G. Ledyard Stebbins, professor emeritus (Genetics) - 1972
  • Eric E. Conn, professor emeritus (Biochemistry and Biophysics) - 1974
  • Milton Hildebrand, professor emeritus (Zoology) - 1974
  • Robert M. Thornton, senior lecturer (Botany) - 1975
  • Robert D. Grey, professor emeritus (Zoology) and provost and executive vice chancellor - 1978
  • Barbara A. Horwitz, distinguished professor (Animal Physiology) and Vice Provost Academic Personnel) - 1982
  • John M. Horowitz, professor emeritus (Animal Physiology) - 1988
  • Arthur M. Shapiro, professor (EVE) - 1990
  • Arnold J. Sillman, professor (NPB) - 1995
  • Thomas L. Rost, professor emeritus (PLB) - 1997
  • Richard Grosberg, professor (EVE) - 2002
  • Charles Gasser, professor (MCB) - 2006, undergraduate
  • John Harada, professor (PLB) - 2007
  • Peter Wainwright, professor (EVE) - 2008, undergraduate
  • Roy Doi, Distinguished Professor emeritus (MCB) - 2008, graduate
  • Judy Callis, professor (MCB) - 2009, undergraduate
  • Carol Erickson, professor (MCB) - 2011, graduate
  • John "Jay" Stachowicz, associate professor (EVE) - 2012, undergraduate
  • Sharon Strauss, professor (EVE) - 2013, graduate

UC Davis Academic Senate Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award

  • H. Bradley Shaffer, professor (EVE) - 2006
  • Susan Williams, professor (EVE) - 2010

UC Davis Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecturer

  • Robert Hungate, professor emeritus (MMG) - 1967
  • T. Elliott Weier, professor emeritus (Botany) - 1968
  • Paul K. Stumpf, professor emeritus (Biochemistry) - 1972
  • Robert W. Allard, professor emeritus (Genetics) - 1974
  • Eric E. Conn, professor emeritus (Biochemistry) - 1977
  • Emanuel Epstein, professor emeritus (Botany) - 1980
  • Melvin M. Green, professor emeritus (Genetics) - 1982
  • Daniel I. Alexrod, professor emeritus (Botany) - 1986
  • Thomas W. Schoener, distinguished professor (Evolution and Ecology) - 1994
  • Peter R. Marler, professor emeritus (Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior) - 1995
  • Stephen Kowalczykowski, distinguished professor (Microbiology) - 2005
  • Charles H. Langley, distinguished professor (Evolution and Ecology) - 2009
  • Michael Turelli, professor (EVE) – 2012
  • Jodi Nunnari, professor (MCB) – 2013

UC Davis Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

  • Merna R. Villarejo, professor (MMG) - 1994
  • Barbara A. Horwitz, distinguished professor (Animal Physiology) and Vice Provost Academic Personnel - 1995
  • R. Scott Hawley, professor (MCB) - 1997
  • Terence M. Murphy, professor (PLB) - 1999
  • Neelima Sinha, professor (PLB) - 2001
  • Wolf-Dietrich Heyer, professor (MMG) - 2011

UC Davis Chancellor's Fellows

  • Wolf Dietrich Heyer, professor (MMG) - 2000-05
  • Michael Sanderson, professor (EVE) - 2000-05
  • Jodi Nunnari, professor (MCB) - 2001-06
  • Sharon Strauss, professor (EVE) - 2002-07
  • John Bowman, associate professor, (PLB) - 2003-08
  • Sergey Nuzhdin, associate professor (EVE) - 2004-2009
  • Edmond (Ted) Powers, associate professor (MCB) - 2005-2010
  • David Begun, professor (EVE) - 2005-2010
  • John "Jay" Stachowicz, associate professor (EVE) - 2006-2011
  • Kimberley McAllister, associate professor (NPB) - 2007-2012
  • Henning Stahlberg, associate professor (MCB) - 2008-2013
  • Neil Hunter, associate professor (MIC & MCB) - 2009-2014
  • Artyom Kopp, assistant professor (EVE) – 2010-2015
  • Stacy Harmer, associate professor (PLB) – 2011-2016
  • Gail Patricelli, associate professor (EVE) – 2013-2018

UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement

  • Eric E. Conn, professor emeritus (Biochemistry and Biophysics) - 1989
  • Barbara A. Horwitz, distinguished professor (Animal Physiology) and Vice Provost Academic Personnel - 1991
  • Maureen Stanton, professor and chair (EVE) - 2005
  • Richard Grosberg, professor (EVE) - 2010

UC Presidential Award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research

  • Barbara A. Horwitz, distinguished professor (Animal Physiology) and Vice Provost Academic Personnel - 1995

UC Davis Hellman Fellowship Program

  • Lifeng Xu, assistant professor (MMG) - 2013-2014
  • Kieth Baar, assistant professor (NPB) - 2011-2012
  • Kieth Baar, assistant professor (NPB) - 2011-2012
  • Siobhan Brady, assistant professor (PLB) - 2011-2012
  • Arne Ekstrom, assistant professor (Center of Neuroscience) - 2011-2012

Recipients of Major College/Division Awards


Faculty Teaching Award

  • Richard Grosberg (EVE) - 2000-2001
  • Bradley Shaffer (EVE) - 2001-2002
  • Terry Murphy, professor emeritus (PLB) - 2002-2003
  • Charles Gasser (MCB) - 2004-2005
  • Mark Wheelis, professor emeritus (MMG) - 2006-2007
  • James Shaffrath (NPB) - 2007-2008
  • Peter Wainwright (EVE) - 2008-2009
  • Carol Erickson (MCB) - 2009-2010
  • Jay Stachowicz (EVE) - 2010-2011
  • Susan Keen (EVE) - 2011-2012

Faculty Research Award

  • Charles Gasser (MCB) - 2010-2011
  • Wolf-Dietrich Heyer (MMG) - 2010-2011
  • Stephen Kowalczykowski (MMG) - 2010-2011
  • Jodi Nunnari (MCB) - 2010-2011
  • Frederic Chedin (MCB) - 2011-2012
  • Ian Korf (MCB) - 2011-2012
  • Martin Usrey (NPB) - 2011-2012

Novozymes Biotech, Inc. Endowed Chair in Genomics

  • Richard Michelmore, professor (MCB) and director, UC Davis Genome Center - 2004-2009

Paul K. and Ruth R. Stumpf Professorship in Plant Biochemistry

  • J. Clark Lagarias, professor (MCB) - 2000-2005
  • Judy Callis, professor (MCB) - 2005-2010

Endowed Chair in Physiology

  • John Wingfield, professor (NPB) - 2007-2012

Robert and Rosabel Osborne Endowed Chair

  • Harris Lewin, Vice Chancellor for Research, professor (EVE) - 2011