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Each year, the Chancellor recognizes students, staff, faculty, and community partnerships that embody UC Berkeley’s proud tradition of public service and commitment to improving our local and global community. Faculty, staff, undergraduate and graduate students, student organizations, and campus-community partnerships are all eligible. Award categories include: civic engagement, community-engaged teaching, research in the public interest, and campus-community partnership.

2022-2023 award recipients

Important Dates for 2023-2024 Awards

Civic Engagement Awards – Student, Student Group, and Staff 

Nominations for 2023-2024 are closed.

Faculty and Campus Partnership Awards

Nominations for 2023-2024 are closed.

Robert J. and Mary Catherine Birgeneau Awards

Nominations for 2023-2024 are closed.

2023-2024 Chancellor’s Awards Ceremony

3:30-5:30pm, Monday, April 15th

Location: Alumni House

Award Descriptions

Chancellor’s Awards for Civic Engagement

These four public service awards honor the work of an undergraduate student, a graduate student, a student group, and a staff member for their contributions to the community. Award information and criteria for nomination.

Mather Good Citizen Award

Selected from the nominees for the Chancellor’s Awards for Civic Engagement, this award recognizes a graduating senior for their service and awards $1,500 to the recipient. Award information and criteria for nomination.

Chancellor’s Award for Community-Engaged Teaching

This award honors leadership by faculty in developing or teaching community-engaged courses or in engaging students in community-based research. Award information and criteria for nomination.

Chancellor’s Award for Research in the Public Interest

This award honors research by faculty that addresses critical needs and issues affecting local, state, national, or global communities. Award information and criteria for nomination.

Chancellor’s Award for Campus-Community Partnership

This award honors campus-community partnerships and University-sponsored programs that improve the quality of life in our community. Award information and criteria for nomination.

Robert J. and Mary Catherine Birgeneau Recognition Award for Service to Undocumented Students

This award honors an undergraduate or graduate undocumented student, or student ally, who has performed exemplary service pertaining to undocumented communities. Recipients are awarded $1,500 in recognition of their work. Award information and criteria for nomination.

Robert J. and Mary Catherine Birgeneau Recognition Award for Service to Underrepresented Students

This award honors an undergraduate or graduate underrepresented student, or student ally, who has performed exemplary service pertaining to underrepresented communities. Recipients are awarded $1,500 in recognition of their work. Award information and criteria for nomination.

 

Read 2022-2023 Award Recipients’ profiles here!

Award Category Recipients Major / Department
Mather Good Citizen Award Kevin McCarthy Legal Studies
Undergraduate Student – Civic Engagement Sai Chelluri Molecular and Cell Biology
Graduate Student – Civic Engagement Steven Hensley Berkeley Law School, J.D. Candidate
Student Group – Civic Engagement UC Berkeley Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)  n/a
Staff – Civic Engagement Elizabeth Bowler College of Environment Design
Faculty – Research in the Public Interest David Broockman Political Science
Faculty – Research in the Public Interest Erin Kerrison Social Welfare
Faculty – Community Engaged Teaching Thomas Azwell School of Engineering/SCET
Campus-Community Partnership

San Francisco Unified School District and UC Berkeley Research Practice Partnership – i4Y (Innovations for Youth)

Berkeley Public Health, School of Social Welfare, Berkeley School of Education
Robert J. and Mary Catherine Birgeneau Recognition Award for Service to Undocumented Students Maria Montoya Undeclared
Robert J. and Mary Catherine Birgeneau Recognition Award for Service to Underrepresented Students Karen Serrano Plant and Microbial Biology
 
 
Contact Information

Chancellor’s Award Committee
serviceawards@berkeley.edu

 

Robert J. and Mary Catherine Birgeneau with 2022-2023 Birgeneau award recipients