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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.

Chancellor Christ with 2018-2019 award recipients

Chancellor Christ with 2018-2019 award recipients

2020-2021 Awards Ceremony Watch a recording of the event on Youtube
2019-2020 Awards Ceremony Watch a recording of the event on Youtube

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 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 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 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 $1,000 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 $1,000 in recognition of their work. Award information and criteria for nomination.

Contact Information

Chancellor’s Award Committee
serviceawards@berkeley.edu

2020-2021 Award Recipients

2020-2021 Award Recipients and Bio

Award Category Winner(s) Major / Department
Mather Good Citizen Award Michael Piña Sociology
Undergraduate Student – Civic Engagement Alexandra Potter Bioengineering
Undergraduate Student – Civic Engagement Angela Laureano African American Studies
Graduate Student – Civic Engagement Noor Chadha UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program
Staff – Civic Engagement Sydney Ji Berkeley International Office
Campus-Community Partnership COVID Wastewater Epidemiology for the Bay Area (COVID-WEB)  Berkeley Water Center
Student Group – Civic Engagement White Coats for Black Lives  
Faculty – Research in the Public Interest Anu Manchikanti Gómez School of Social Welfare
Faculty – Research in the Public Interest Grace O’Connell Mechanical Engineering
Faculty – Community Engaged Teaching Lisa Hirai Tsuchitani Asian American & Asian Diaspora Studies Program, Ethnic Studies
Robert J. and Mary Catherine Birgeneau Recognition Award for Service to Undocumented Students Martha Ortega Mendoza School of Education
Robert J. and Mary Catherine Birgeneau Recognition Award for Service to Underrepresented Students Naniette Coleman Sociology

Robert J. and Mary Catherine Birgeneau with 2017-2018 Birgeneau award recipients
Robert J. and Mary Catherine Birgeneau with 2017-2018 Birgeneau award recipients


Ursula Kajani with Chancellor DirksUrsula Kajani received the 2017 Mather Award. Before coming to Berkeley, she worked at her community college to provide training for students and faculty on how to provide meaningful service. At Berkeley she became a director of Alternative Breaks, a massive service program that organizes service trips for over 100 participants per year. Besides her work with Alternative Breaks, she spent a summer volunteering in Ghana to do public health work, and plans to join the Peace Corps in Rwanda after graduating. Ursula has shown a lifelong commitment to service, and plans to pursue a career in public health.

Ursula Kajani, Major in Public Health
Mather Good Citizen Award, 2017