Student Awards Application

Apply for a Student Award

  • Students must have GPA of 3.5 or greater in upper division UC Davis coursework.
  • Students must have graduated in September 2020 or December 2020, or will be graduating in March 2021 or June 2021.
  • Students graduating in summer quarter 2021 must apply the following year (2021-22).
The deadline to apply for all awards is Sunday, January 31, 2021. The deadline for recommendations is Friday, February 12, 2021.

Submit a Student Award Application

Distinguished Scholar Awards

Outstanding Performance Citations are given by the college on the basis of:

  • This award is also known as the Outstanding Performance Citation and noted on your final transcript.
  • Given to several graduating seniors who have conducted substantial research before graduation and maintained an upper division GPA of at least 3.5.
  • Students with a GPA slightly below 3.5 may self-nominate themselves if they feel they have excelled in research.

Ronald and Lydia Baskin Research Awards

  • $1,000 per recipient and medal presented to each recipient at College Awards event
  • Given to 2 graduating seniors for excellence in research in the biological sciences in any of the four colleges at UC Davis.
  • Areas such as biophysics, biochemistry, biomathematics and bioengineering are specifically included.
  • The research does not have to have been published.

Undergraduate Student of the Year

  • $500 to the recipient and award presented at College Awards event
  • Given to one graduating senior who has completed:
  • Substantial research activity of sufficient quality conducted with a faculty member for two or more quarters; and
  • Substantial campus and community service.
Selections for Outstanding Senior Awards, the College Medal, and the University Medal will be considered from the applicant pool for all of the above awards.

Application Process

1. Application Period

Monday, December 21, 2020 - Sunday, January 31, 2021

  • Award applications require information from both the students and faculty.
  • Students may apply for more than one award.
  • Students may upload publications for consideration.
  • Faculty may support multiple students for multiple awards.

2. Recommendations

Due: Friday, February 12, 2021

Application Process initiated by the student:

  1. Students use the online form to briefly describe their research and to list the names of potential recommenders.
  2. When the online form is completed, potential recommenders will be contacted automatically to obtain letters. Potential recommenders can decline to make a recommendation; otherwise, reminders are sent until the recommendation is received or the application period ends.
  3. Faculty have two options for submitting their recommendation:
    • Completing a short endorsement section using the online form, which can be used if the student is only applying for this award; OR
    • Uploading a detailed recommendation letter, which is more appropriate if the student is also being considered for the other major awards.

3. Reviews

The submitted profiles will be reviewed by a committee of faculty members. Winners will be selected based on the merits of the applications.