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Award of Distinction

We are proud to announce the 2022 Award of Distinction Recipients.

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CA&ES) at UC Davis is internationally renowned for its teaching, research and outreach. This is due to the collective effort of alumni, friends, faculty, staff and students.

Every year the college presents the Award of Distinction to honor individuals whose contributions and achievements have positively impacted our communities, advanced science and education or enhanced the college’s ability to serve California and the world.

There are six categories for the Award of Distinction:

  • Alumni of the Year
  • Early-Career Alumni of the Year
  • Distinguished Friend(s) of the College
  • Exceptional Staff Member
  • Exceptional Faculty Member
  • Exceptional Emeriti Faculty

The year’s ceremony celebrating award winners will be held on November 3, 2022 at the Activities and Recreation Center Ballroom.


We invite you to help us recognize deserving alumni, staff, faculty and friends of the college by submitting nominations for the 2022 Award of Distinction. Nominations have now closed for 2022. You are welcome to nominate someone for 2023. The deadline for 2023 will be Friday, June 2.

Fill out a nomination form online


Submission Checklist

Complete the Award of Distinction nomination form

  1. Review the award criteria and provide:
    • A nomination letter detailing the nominee’s qualifications for the selected award category
      • Click here for a sample nomination letter
    • A letter of support to second your nomination, typically from a colleague of the nominee
      • Click here for a sample letter of support
    • The nominee’s résumé or curriculum vitae (CV), if available

Need help nominating? Contact Phil Schwartz.

NOTE: These awards are highly competitive. Please make every effort to keep the nomination confidential from your nominee.