Medal Criteria

The UCSF Medal, initiated in 1975, is our most prestigious campus award. It recognizes individuals who have made outstanding personal contributions in areas associated with the university and its missions as well as those who inspire the work of those at UCSF to push the boundaries of what’s possible.

A replacement to granting honorary degrees, the UCSF Medal is an expression of 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.

Nominees of the UCSF Medal must have attained preeminence in an area encompassed by any of the missions of UCSF:

  • attracting and educating the nation’s most promising students
  • providing our patients the best health care
  • encouraging and supporting research and scholarly activities
  • serving local and global communities through education and service programs

Recipients may be an educator, a health care service provider, a research scientist/scholar, or a humanitarian. Accomplishments must reflect the core values of UCSF. A personal association with UCSF is not required.

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. An exception is made for Nobel Laureates.

UCSF Medal awardees are honored at an annual celebration.


Recommendations may be submitted using this nomination form or by sending a statement of nomination via email that describes:

  • The contributions that make the nominee worthy of the UCSF Medal, clearly indicating which of the UCSF mission area(s) mentioned above apply.
  • How the nominee has inspired your work and the work of others at UCSF to push the boundaries of what’s possible in the UCSF mission area(s) described above.

Optional: Additional supporting documentation in the form of references or links is welcome (e.g., a concise biographical article summarizing the nominee’s achievements).

Please direct questions to Maureen Gomes, Office of the Chancellor.

Submissions are due no later than March 30, 2018, at 5 p.m.

Medal Recipients