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UCSF Medal

Award Description and Selection Criteria

The UCSF Medal, initiated in 1975, replaces the granting of honorary degrees and is our most prestigious campus award. The recipients are honored at our annual

Founders Day Banquet in the spring.


The recipient of the UCSF Medal must have attained preeminence in an area encompassed by any one of the missions of UCSF, but is not required to have an association with UCSF. The UCSF Medal will therefore recognize individuals who have made outstanding personal contributions in areas associated with the university's health science mission. This mission includes:

    attracting and educating the nation's most promising students for future careers in the health sciences and health care professions, with continuing emphasis on open access and diversity;

    providing our patients the best in health care service, from primary care to the most advanced technologies available;

    encouraging and supporting research and scholarly activities to improve our basic understanding of the mechanisms of disease and the social interactions  related to human health; and

      serving the community at large through educational and service programs that reflect the values and missions of UCSF.

The UCSF Medal is an expression of recognition and appreciation by the UCSF community for individuals whose life work is consonant with UCSF's mission and whose contributions are of a scope and quality that justify the campus' highest recognition.


Elected officials currently in office are not eligible for the award. Faculty members who fulfill the criteria, as described, may be nominated, but must have held emeritus status or have been retired for at least one year and not hold any current administrative or policymaking position within the University.


Nominating Process

The 2011 UCSF Medal Award Committee will accept nominations through Friday, February 26, 2010. Letters of nomination must include a brief summary of the nominee's achievements and contributions, a resume, if possible, and any articles or other information in support of your candidate. (Nominations may be considered for the current year, as well as future years.)


Nominations and all documentation should be submitted to Robin McCartney in the UCSF Office of the Chancellor, 513 Parnassus Avenue, Room S126, San Francisco, CA 94143-0402. Questions also may be directed to Robin at (415) 476-4221.