Honors and Awards

2016-17

2015-16

  • Recent Ph.D. graduate Kathy Lee (Kovnir Lab) was selected to receive this year's "Outstanding Chemistry Dissertation Award" from the Department. Her dissertation is titled, "Synthesis and Characterization of Tetrel Pnictides and Compounds in the Lithium-Tetrel-Arsenic System."
  • Professor Kyle Crabtree was named a 2016-17 UC Davis Hellman Fellow. The Hellman Family Foundation contributed funds to establish this program to provide support and encouragement for the research of promising Assistant Professors who exhibit potential for great distinction in their research and who have documented a need for funding.
  • Professor Ozcan Gulacar was selected to receive a Committee on Research grant. This research award program is intended to provide seed funds that will lead to outside grant applications, support new collaborative research that crosses departmental or college boundaries, as well as provide continued support for ongoing research activities.
  • Graduate student Brandi Hudson (Tantillo Lab) was selected to receive the Allen G. Marr Prize "in honor of superior dissertation work." Her dissertation is titled, "Non-Covalent Interactions and Complex Reaction Mechanisms of Organic Molecules."
  • Professor Annaliese Franz was selected to receive an ADVANCE Scholar Award in honor of her outstanding research and mentorship. ADVANCE is an Institutional Transformation grant supported by the National Science Foundation, which aims to increase the participation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers.
  • Graduate student Cody Yothers (Franz Lab) was selected for a NIH Training Program in Biomolecular Technology. This training grant is one of only four biotechnology training programs in California.
  • Teaching laboratory specialist Jillian Emerson received Honorable Mention in the Individual Teaching Award category of the UC Davis Staff Assembly Citations of Excellence program. The award nomination reads, in part, "This nominee provides in-depth training to her laboratory assistants and student workers. She has high expectations of them and gives them opportunities to work on interesting projects, as their abilities progress. She has equally high expectations for herself and is always willing to take the extra step to provide excellent support and service to our department."
  • High school student Colin Unger (Kovnir Lab) was awarded "Best Student Presentation" at this year's Larock Conference for presenting outstanding work on the syntehsis of transition metal cholride formate compounds. Second prize was awarded to Sahana Rajan (Ames Lab) for her groundbreaking studies on L-type Ca2+ channels in the brain. Third prize was shared by Sydnee Green (David Lab) for her work on DNA repair enzymes and Andrew Teuthorn (Kurth Lab) for his studies on benzoisoxazoles. Sahana, Sydnee and Andrew are undergraduate students at UC Davis.
  • Undergraduate student Ada Kwong (Shaw Lab) was selected as a 2016-17 Beckman Scholar, one of the most prestigious undergraduate science fellowship programs on campus.
  • Graduate student Joshua Greenfield (Kovnir Lab) was selected as a 2016-17 ARCS Scholar. This honor comes with a $10,000 award that may be used for fees, stipend and/or research funds. He is the second student from the Kovnir Lab to receive this award.
  • Graduate student Nhu Nguyen (Tantillo Lab) was selected to receive the R. Bryan Miller Graduate Summer Fellowship.
  • Undergraduate student Anna Johnston was selected as this year's recipient of the Adams Award for Leadership by the UC Davis Center for Student Involvement, recognizing her outstanding contributions as President of Chemistry Club.
  • Undergraduate student Jensen Spear (David Lab) was awarded a UC Davis Outstanding Senior Award, which recognizes "graduating seniors who have made significant contributions to the dynamic intellectual life at UC Davis."
  • Graduate student Nova Tasnima (Chen Lab) was selected to receive a NSF EAPSI award (East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students) to conduct research in Taiwan this upcoming summer.
  • Graduate student Brittany Anderson was selected to receive an ACS Women Chemists Committee Travel Award, sponsored by Eli Lilly & Company, to support travel to the ACS 252nd National Meeting & Exposition in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Featured story: "NSF awards 2016 Graduate Research Fellowships to Charles Benson and Austin Carroll, Honorable Mention to Kasey Devlin."
  • Graduate student Nicole Nuñez (David Lab) was awarded a National Military Family Association Scholarship valued at $1,000 to be used for research supplies, etc.
  • Graduate student Juli-Anna Dolyniuk (Kovnir Lab) has won the 2016 Iota Sigma Pi Anna Louise Hoffman Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Research. Iota Sigma Pi is a national honor society for women in chemistry, and the award is given to only one graduate student per year.
  • "Navrotsky Wins Lifetime Achievement Award" from UC Davis News and Information.
  • Graduate student Juli-Anna Dolyniuk (Kovnir Lab) was selected to receive an ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Young Investigator Award. She will present a 30-minute talk at the Fall ACS Meeting in Philadelphia.
  • Professor Kirill Kovnir was selected to receive a Faculty Development Program Award for 2016-17. Administered through the Office of the Provost, these quarter-long awards "release recipients from teaching duties and service responsibilities for one quarter, thereby allowing them to give undivided attention to scholarly or creative pursuits."
  • Graduate student Josh Greenfield (Kovnir Lab) was awarded a UCD Dissertation Year Fellowship for the 2016-17 academic year by the Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Graduate student Nicole Nuñez (David Lab) was awarded a Floyd and Mary Schwall Dissertation Year Fellowship in Medical Research for the 2016-17 academic year by the UC Davis Office of Graduate Studies.
  • Professor Dean Tantillo was selected as a recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award for Graduate and Professional Teaching. This award is one of the most prestigious granted on the UC Davis campus and recognizes outstanding teaching and commitment to student success.
  • Professor Alex Navrotsky was selected by the Geochemical Society as this year's recipient of the V.M. Goldschmidt Award.
  • Professor Bill Casey was selected by the Geochemical Society as this year's recipient of the Clair C. Patterson Award. This award recognizes innovative breakthrough of fundamental significance in environmental geochemistry.
  • Undergraduate staff adviser Perry Gee was awarded a Certificate of Recognition in Exceptional Efforts to Support Study Abroad by the UC Davis Study Abroad Program.
  • Graduate student Doug Banda (David Lab) was selected as a trainee on a National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Training Grant (January 2015 - December 2016).
  • Professor Louise Berben was selected as a UC Davis Chancellor's Fellow. This program was established in 2000 to honor the achievements of outstanding faculty members early in their career.
  • Professor Xi Chen was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Chen is among four UC Davis researchers and 347 AAAS fellows nationwide for 2015 honored for their contributions to innovation, education and scientific leadership.
  • Our Chemistry Club received an Honorable Mention Award by the ACS for their program and activities conducted during the 2014-15 academic year. There are over 900 student chapters nationally, and commendable awards were given to 99 chapters.
  • Undergraduate pharmaceutical chemistry student Ada Kwong (Shaw Lab) was awarded a Fall 2015 Provost's Undergraduate Fellowship.
  • Professor Bill Jackson was selected to receive the 2016 UC Davis Distinguished Emeritus Award for his continuing involvement in teaching and mentoring and his dedication to equal opportunity and diversity. He will be honored at the Chancellor's luncheon in late January.
  • Professor Dave Britt was selected to receive the Royal Society of Chemistry Bruker Prize.

2014-15

  • Department manager Jessica Potts was chosen for the Chancellor's Staff Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) Award for her outstanding contributions to the UC Davis campus and community. This award is presented annually by Chancellor Katehi to individuals whose achievements go "above and beyond" in support of the campus' core values.
  • The following graduate students were selected as GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) fellows for the 2014-15 academic year: Hoby Wedler (Tantillo), Stephanie Hare (Tantillo), Joya Cooley (Kauzlarich), Talia Loewen (Berben) and Rachel Welch (Osterloh). These prestigous fellowships were made possible by a grant awarded to us by the U.S. Department of Education. They are intended to support graduate students with excellent records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest degree available in their course of study. 33 of our students since 2006 have been designated as GAANN fellows.
  • Professor Frank Osterloh received the Richard A. Glenn Award from the ACS Energy and Fuel Division for presenting a paper (''Charge generation and transport in nanocrystal water splitting photocatalysts: Insights from surface photo voltage spectroscopy") at the Dallas 247 ACS meeting. He also credited his student Jing Zhao for conducting the experimental work. The results were published in JPCL earlier this year: J. Zhao and F. E. Osterloh, J. Phys. Chem. Lett, 2014, 5 782-786, http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jz500136h.
  • Professor Justin Siegel led his Undergraduate Research Team to win the grand prize in the 2014 iGEM Competition. Click here for the article.
  • Graduate students Kathy Lee (Kovnir Lab) and Kamran Ghiassi (Balch Lab) each received a $10,000 scholarship from the ARCS Foundation (Achievement Awards for College Scientists) for 2015-16.

2013-14

  • Professor Shota Atsumi has received an NSF CAREER Award, which supports "junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations."
  • Professor Louise Berben was awarded the ACS 2014 Organometallics Young Investigator Fellowship.
  • Professor Dave Britt won a Gold Medal from the International EPR Society.
  • Professor Justin Siegel was awarded a prestigous Sloan Research Fellowship for "designer enzymes." Click here for the article.
  • Professor Susan Kauzlarich was awarded the prestigious Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal for her 25+ years of work in Zintl phase compounds, significant scientific contributions in the field of soild state chemistry and her accomplishments in mentoring. Click here for the article.
  • Professors Carlito Lebrilla and Xi Chen and their collaborators received the Dean's Team Award for Excellence by the UC Davis School of Medicine.
  • Juli-Anna Dolyniuk, an inorganic chemistry Ph.D. student working in the Kovnir Lab, was selected for a 2014 Ludo Frevel Crystallography Scholarship Award from the International Centre for Diffraction Data. The $2,500 award is designed to support the education and research program of promising graduate students in crystallography-related fields.
  • Professor Kirill Kovnir was selected by the Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) of the American Chemical Society (ACS) for a Leadership Development Award to support his participation in the YCC Leadership Development Workshop. This program recognizes emerging leaders in the profession and helps them prepare for leadership opportunities at volunteer organizations, such as ACS, and in their professional careers.
  • Professor Stephen Cramer has received a Humboldt Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The Foundation grants up to 100 research awards annually, each valued at 60,000 EUR. Click here for the article.
  • Professor Stephen Cramer was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Click here for the article.
  • The following graduate students were selected as GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) fellows for the 2013-14 academic year: Toby Sherbow (Berben), Cindy Pham (Cramer), Ryan Pemberton (Tantillo), Elyse Towns (Land), Michael Di Maso (Shaw), Kathy Lee (Kovnir) and Kellan Lamb (Shaw). These prestigous fellowships were made possible by a grant awarded to us by the U.S. Department of Education. They are intended to support graduate students with excellent records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest degree available in their course of study. 33 of our students since 2006 have been designated as GAANN fellows.
  • Graduate Student Hoby Wedler (Tantillo) received the HSC Foundation Advocates in Disability Award for his work in founding and organizing a chemistry camp for blind high school students. Listen to his interview on Capital Public Radio here.

2012-13

  • Melvin Lorenzo, a sophomore majoring in Mechanical Engineering and working in the Balch Lab, presented his research at CAMP-NSF, where he received Honorable Mention for Physical Sciences and Engineering. CAMP is a UC statewide symposium dedicated to UC undergraduate acheivement in STEM.
  • Professor Annaliese Franz was selected to receive the 2013 Outstanding Mentor Award by the Consortium for Women and Research at UC Davis.
  • Professor Matt Augustine has been awarded the 2013 Distinguished Teaching Award for Undergraduate Teaching. This is one of the most prestigious awards given on campus and recognizes outstanding teaching and commitment to student success.
  • Professor Louise Berben has been selected by the Chemical Communications Editorial Board as the winner of the ChemComm Emerging Investigator Lectureship 2013. As the winner of this high-profile award, she will present a lecture at three different locations over the course of 12 months, including an international venue.
  • Aimee Bryan, an organic chemist in the Power Lab, received an award to attend the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting. Since 1951, Nobel Laureates in chemistry, physics, and physiology/medicine convene annually in Lindau, Germany to have open and informal meetings with students and young researchers.
  • Joel Hwang (Chen Lab), Gabe Rodriguez (Atsumi Lab), Lisa Anderson (Franz Lab) and John Oliver (Atsumi Lab) each received awards at the 2013 IGPS (Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Student Symposium. More than 200 students from every professional school and academic college gave short talks, presented posters, etc., to highlight their work. The list of winners is available here.
  • Professor Xi Chen was selected as the winner of the Carbohydrate Research Award for Creativity in Carbohydrate Chemistry 2013. Given every two years, the award was established in 2001 by the Editors and Publisher of Carbohydrate Research and consists of a check for US $1,000, a certificate and a complimentary subscription to the journal for two years. Professor Chen has also been invited for a plenary lecture at the 17th European Carbohydrate Symposium (ERUOCARB17) in Tel Aviv, Israel this summer.
  • Professors Jackie Gervay-Hague and Dave Britt were elected as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in October 2012 for their contributions to science and technology. Our department now has nine AAAS fellows.
  • Professor Toby Allen was selected to be a 2012-13 Chancellor's Fellow. The program was established in 2000 to honor the teaching and research achievements of outstanding faculty early in their careers.
  • Professor Kirill Kovnir secured his first grant of 3-year funding from the Department of Energy to pursue his thermoelectric interests.
  • The Directorate for Math and Physical Sciences of the National Science Foundation accounced the selection of Professor Jackie Gervay-Hague as the Division Director of Chemistry. She will assume the responsibilites of this position in July 2013.
  • 2009 Ph.D. alumna Jessica Koehne (of NASA) was named by President Obama as a recipient of the 2011 Presidental Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PACASE). The PECASE awards represent the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers. They recognize recipients' exceptional potential for leadership at the frontiers of scientific knowledge and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through professional leadership, education or community outreach.

2011-12

  • Senior Larissa Miyachi has been selected to receive the 2012 University Medal, the highest honor for graduating undergraduate students at UC Davis. Larissa is working on a project of developing a nanoscale drug carrier that can be triggered with X-rays to release drugs at tumor sites. She has worked in Professor Ting Guo's lab for the past three years. She also won the first prize of Larock Undergraduate Research Conference in 2011.
  • Graduate student Henry "Hoby" Wedler has been selected as a Champion of Change for STEM for people with disabilities, as part of President Obama's "Winning the Future" initiative (whitehouse.gov/champions). On May 7, Hoby will be honored at the White House as a leader who is making a positive impact in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math for people with disabilities in the areas of employment and education. Hoby was quick to acknowledge the UC Davis Department of Chemistry, Professor Dean Tantillo and the Tantillo group for all of their everlasting support.
  • Graduate student Tim Newman (Augustine Lab) received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, which recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.
  • Graduate student Rene Johnson (Casey Lab) received the "Best Presentation Award" at the International Uranium Biogeochemistry Conference in Switzerland.
  • Several of our graduate students received fellowships from the UC Davis Graduate Studies Internal Fellowship competition. Charles Grove (Shaw Lab) received a Flloyd and Mary Schwall Dissertation Year Fellowship in Medical Research, while Greg Allen (Kelly Lab), Rachel Chamousis (Osterloh Lab), Osvaldo Gutierrez (Tantillo Lab) and Darlene Tan (Shaw Lab) each received a UC Davis and Humanities Graduate Research Award.
  • Professor Bill Casey has been selected to receive the Herbert A. Young Society Dean's Fellowship in the UC Davis Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. This award is funded with private contributions to the College of Letters and Science Annual Fund and the Herbert A. Young Foundation and is intended to be used for teaching research and service activities.
  • Professor Louise Berben has just been named a 2012 Sloan Fellow. The Sloan Research Fellowships seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise. These two-year fellowships are awarded yearly to 118 researchers in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.
  • Professor Frank Osterloh has received the Scialog Collaborative Innovation Award for 2012. This grant from Research Corporation will allow his research team to fabricate and test Fractal Shaped Solar Cells with improved performance. This is a collaboration between the Osterloh group and the groups of Richard Tailor (Physics, U Oregon), Boaz Ilan (School of Natural Sciences, UC Merced) and Sean Shaheen (Physics and Astronomy, U Denver).