Award for Public Service

Community service is inextricably linked to UCSF's mission of patient care, research and education and UCSF faculty, staff, students and trainees are actively engaged in public service in multiple local, regional and global settings. Each year this award recognizes and honors three individuals at UCSF—one faculty, one staff, one student/resident/postdoctoral scholar—who have demonstrated outstanding public service beyond the scope of their job, area of research, or training.

Eligibility Requirements for Nomination

Nominees must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Be a UCSF academic or staff employee (with a minimum 50% appointment), or a student, a resident, or a postdoctoral scholar at the time of nomination (questions regarding academic status, employment, and enrollment eligibility can be answered by Human Resources or Student Academic Affairs prior to submitting a nomination).
  • Have not previously received the award.
  • Have exhibited and sustained efforts toward engaging in public service as delineated below by the "Selection Criteria.”

Selection Criteria

Nominees will be evaluated per the following criteria:

  • Base of Operations—demonstrates devotion to performing public service proportionate to their capacity to do so (some employees in higher level positions/jobs may have a greater capacity to perform public service more visibly than those in lower level positions).
  • Scope—demonstrates public service contribution(s) beyond the scope of the nominee’s job, research or training.
  • Effort—demonstrates significant output beyond the scope of the nominee’s job, research or training in the accomplishment of their public service.
  • Impact—demonstrates that their public service has resulted in long-term benefits to recipients and community at large.
  • Model Program—demonstrates that their public service resulted in a model or potential model for the establishment of other programs or activities.
  • Use of Resource—demonstrates minimal reliance on UCSF resources to perform their public service.

Additionally, a recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Public Service may also be selected to receive the Thomas N. Burbridge or the Edison T. Uno Public Service Award (click below on these awards for further information.)

Criteria for the Burbridge Award

Involvement in public service activities that specifically promote and bring about equal education and employment opportunities, civil rights, and social justice.

About Dr. Thomas N. Burbridge: Thomas Burbridge earned his PhD in Pharmacology from UCSF and joined the faculty of the School of Medicine in 1956. His humanitarian concern led him to interrupt his pursuit of a doctoral degree in Pharmacology in order to help in the development of a medical education program in Indonesia following that country's struggle for independence. In addition, Dr. Burbridge made several trips to southern states to recruit medical students to UCSF from predominantly black universities. He is most widely known for his leadership of the San Francisco NAACP during the time of the "Auto Row Sit-Ins" at the automobile dealerships that once thrived along Van Ness Avenue. In this case, a non-violent, direct action strategy brought about equal employment opportunities for minorities. This was one of several efforts he pursued to promote civil rights and social justice.

Criteria for the Uno Award

Involvement in a minimum of two unrelated public service activities with social, political, or civic groups that promote human rights and bring about social change.

About Edison T. Uno: Edison Uno was Assistant Dean of Students at UCSF from 1969 to 1974. In addition to his job responsibilities, he was a participant and leader in a number of social and political causes and organizations. He was involved in the struggle to repeal the law that permitted the incarceration of Japanese Americans in detention camps, and was one of the leaders of the effort to establish the Ethnic Studies program at San Francisco State University during the 1960s. In the 1970s, he was the first person of Japanese descent to be appointed to serve on the San Francisco Grand Jury, while at the same time a critic of that system's exclusion of other minorities.  These are but a few examples that demonstrate Mr. Uno's commitment to human rights and social change.

Required Nomination Materials

Please submit all nomination materials electronically by February 16, 2022:

  • Completed Nomination Form
  • One e-nomination letter delineating the nominee's contributions as related to the above “Selection Criteria” (specific examples per each criterion recommended)
  • Up to two e-support letters from those seconding the nomination on the Nomination Form attesting to the nominee’s contributions as related to the above “Selection Criteria.”

Past Recipients


Herbert Brosbe
Thomas N. Burbridge
Frederick Meyers


Laurel Glass
David Hayes-Bautista
Edison T. Uno


Joanne Lewis (Thomas N. Burbridge Award)
Joseph Spinelli
Alfred Staubus


Michael Drake (Thomas N. Burbridge Award)
David Johnson
David Smith


Patricia Diridoni (Thomas N. Burbridge Award)
Kathryn Forbes
Miriam Gould


A. Freeman Bradley (Thomas N. Burbridge Award)
Wanda James
Ruth Prael


Sharon D. MacLachlan
Lewis N. Nelson (Thomas N. Burbridge Award)
Mary Olney


George L. Ellman
Eric A. Owyang (Thomas N. Burbridge Award)
John A. Watson


Patricia G. Calarco
Holly H. Elliott (Thomas N. Burbridge Award)
Carol B. Hardgrove
Jeanette K. Ong


James Cobb (Thomas N. Burbridge Award)
Roy Halliday
James Louie (Thomas N. Burbridge Award)
Gregory S. Thomas


Benjamin Braly
Michael A. LeNoir (Thomas N. Burbridge Award)
Mona Sarfaty


Lucy Crain
Stella Kiyota (Edison T. Uno Award)
Theodore Tong


Joseph Barbaccia
Estrella Manio
Samuel Wycoff


Bobby Campbell
Delmer Pascoe
David Sanchez, Jr. (Thomas N. Burbridge Award)


Oscar Salvatierra, Jr.
Hiroshi Tokubo (Edison T. Uno Award)
E. Leong Way


Marcus A. Conant
Marie J. Rhodes
David Siegel (Thomas N. Burbridge Award)


Gerald L. Hill (Thomas N. Burbridge Award)
Rolland C. Lowe (Edison T. Uno Award)
Carol A. Mowbray


David O. Bracker
Janet D. Cole
Daniel M. Wlodarczyk


Christie Kiefer
Hilary Naylor (Edison T. Uno Award)
Kristin Oberg (Thomas N. Burbridge Award)


Valerie Edwards (Thomas N. Burbridge Award)
Blaine Elsewood
Patricia Underwood


Josh Bottfeld
Donald Masuda (Edison T. Uno Award)
Isiah Mitchell (Thomas N. Burbridge Award)


Charles Gooding
Bill Lee
Marcia Smith (Thomas N. Burbridge Award)


Crystal Scott
Brandy Sebron-Kelley (Thomas N. Burbridge Award)
M. Michael Thaler (also awarded the Edison T. Uno Award)


Connie Bear King (Edison T. Uno Award)
Michael Mccullough (Thomas N. Burbridge Award)
Barbara Wilson-Thompson


Kofi Ampin (Edison T. Uno Award)
Jennifer Danek (Thomas N. Burbridge Award)
Brian Desmond
Jaqueline Peterson-Tulsky


Nelson Artiga-Diaz (Thomas N. Burbridge Award)
Derrick Butler
Stanton Glantz (Edison T. Uno Award)
Avis Ransburg


Lawrence Brown
P. Leon King (also awarded the Thomas N. Burbridge Award)
Helen Miramontes (also awarded the Edison T. Uno Award)


Philip Darney
Eva M. McGhee (also awarded the Thomas N. Burbridge Award)
Trinity Ordona (also awarded the Edison T. Uno Award)
Richard Wagner


Joseph Bluford (also awarded the Thomas N. Burbridge Award)
Phuong Khuu
Ruth Malone (also awarded the Edison T. Uno Award)
Barbara L. Wenger


Arthur Ablin
Cherie Bremer-Kamp (also awarded the Thomas N. Burbridge Award)
Smruti Vidwans


Davidson Bidwell-Waite
Jamie Lara
Philip Rosenthal
Karen Skjei


MariaElena Alioto
Stephen McPhee
Jennifer Vanderleest


Mary Bradsberry
Steven Schiff
Christopher Stewart


Omri Berger
Clifton Louie
Naomi Wortis


Diana Block
Glen Elliott
Janelle Palacios


Jason Miller
Francisco Ramos-Gomez
James Wong


Sara Gallagher
Simin Marefat (also awarded the Edison T. Uno Award)
Melanie Ott (also awarded the Thomas N. Burbridge Award)


Heather Hertema
Dan Lowenstein
Charles (Jeff) Sheehy


Rochelle Ami Dicker
Dixie Horning
Josie Lehrer


Dahianna Lopez
William P. Schecter
Alvin Teodoro


Neha Das
Kevin Grumbach
Winifred Kwofie


James Dilley
John Fan
Kate Hirschman-Levy
Robert Pitts


Bibhav Acharya (Thomas N. Burbridge Award)
Melvin Heyman
Charles Morgan
Carolyn Sufrin (Edison T. Uno Award)
Chris Waddling


Jirayut “New” Latthivongskorn (Thomas N. Burbridge Award)
Obieze Nwanna-Nzewunwa
Howard Pollick


Suzanne Barakat (Thomas N. Burbridge Award)
Maritza Lopez
Robert H. Lustig
Robert Mansfield (Edison T. Uno Award)


Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo
Wayne Cheung
Peter Cooch
Heyman Oo
Coleen Kivlahan (Thomas N. Burbridge Award)


Kristin Cosner
Elizabeth Robbins (Edison T. Uno Award)
Shannon Weber
Valerie Yerger


Jonathan Butler
Melanie Callen
Eleanor Chung (Edison T. Uno Award)
Daniel Ciccarone
Monica McLemore (Thomas N. Burbridge Award)


Margot Kushel (Thomas N. Burbridge Award)
Rupa Marya (Edison T. Uno Award)
Bhavya Rehani
Priya Shankar


Joel Babdor
Jessica Celentano
Alicia Fernandez (Thomas N. Burbridge Award)
Adeola Oni-Orisan (Edison T. Uno Award)
George Rutherford


Roberto Efraín Díaz (Edison T. Uno Award)
Daniel Grossman
Shira Shavit (Thomas N. Burbridge Award)
Hoa Su
Taia Sean Wu