5 College Faculty Join Ranks of Chancellor’s Fellows

Portrait photos of five UC Davis College of Letters and Science faculty honored as rising stars in their fields.
The College of Letters and Science's 2020–21 Chancellor’s Fellows, from left: Eliza Bliss-Moreau, Davide Donadio, Eva Mroczek, Stephanie Mudge and Branwen Okpako.

Five early-career faculty members in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science are adding a new title after their names: Chancellor’s Fellow, in recognition of their outstanding work in academia. Each keeps the title for five years and receives $25,000 in philanthropic support for research or other scholarly work.

They are among 12 faculty across the campus in the 2020–21 class of Chancellor’s Fellows.

Chancellor Gary S. May congratulated the fellows: “Your achievements are impressive and inspiring. I know that with this recognition, you’ll continue to contribute in significant ways to your research and teaching.”

They bring to 166 the total number of Chancellor’s Fellows who have been named in the program’s 21-year history, with funding from the UC Davis Annual Fund, Davis Chancellor’s Club and UC Davis Parents Fund.

“We are also thankful for our donors, who recognize the excellence of our early career faculty and provide the kind of support that allows them to flourish,” Chancellor May said.

Shaun Keister, vice chancellor of Development and Alumni Relations, said Chancellor’s Fellows awards are particularly noteworthy because the funding is unrestricted. “It gives our faculty members the flexibility to take their work in new and exciting directions,” he said.

“When you combine high-caliber faculty and a supportive community, you get the top research university that we are.”

Learn more about the 2020–21 Chancellor’s Fellows (click anywhere in each box below to see the fellow’s faculty page):

— Adapted from an article in Dateline UC Davis

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