Title: UC Berkeley Awards Program

Berkeley Citation

Description & History

In 1967–68, when the University of California celebrated its 100th birthday, an honor entitled “The Centennial Citation” was created on the Berkeley campus. Its object was to allow Berkeley to honor members or friends — whether individuals or organizations — that had rendered distinguished or extraordinary service to the University. At the end of the Centennial Year, the campus’s leadership decided to continue the award as the Berkeley Citation.

A framed document bearing the University seal, the Citation must be awarded by the Chancellor or the Chancellor’s delegate at a public function — for example, a graduation or retirement ceremony. It’s not be awarded in absentia. Approval of the award remains confidential prior to the presentation so that the award will come as a surprise to the recipient.

Criteria & Nomination Process

The Citation may be awarded to a wide range of distinguished people or organizations, academic or nonacademic, whose attainments significantly exceed the standards of excellence in their fields and whose contributions to UC Berkeley are manifestly above and beyond the call of duty. The Citation is not awarded routinely for retirement.

The nomination is addressed to the Chancellor, who forwards it to his Advisory Committee on Honors. The committee reviews the qualifications of the nominee and forwards its confidential recommendation to the Chancellor, who has the authority to accept or reject the recommendation. Nominations must include the date and occasion of the presentation, if approved.

Deadline for submission:
Spring: April 21, 2014
Fall: September 22, 2014

To Nominate a Faculty Member

A faculty nominee must be an eminent member of a UC Berkeley school, college, or department, and must also have a record of highly distinguished achievement in his or her academic field; the nominee’s work must have a broad impact within, and perhaps beyond, the University. At the same time, the nominee must have a record of truly notable service (other than teaching and research) to the University as a whole, or to a significant part of it. Academic achievement and University service of the highest order are required.

Required materials: a nominating letter from the faculty member’s dean or department chair (including a biography with specific citations of distinction as well as specific information about the nominee’s service to the University, indicating dates, assignments, titles, and other pertinent data); a supporting letter from a faculty colleague attesting to the nominee’s distinguished teaching and research achievements; and a supporting letter from a former student who has gone on to a career in the nominee’s discipline or in a related field. Additional letters of support, while optional, are welcome.

To Nominate an Administrator who is also a Faculty Member

An administrator who is also a faculty member must have a record of truly notable service (other than teaching and research) to the University as a whole, or to a significant part of it. At the same time, the nominee must be an eminent member of a UC Berkeley school, college, or department, and must also have a record of highly distinguished achievement in his or her academic field; the nominee’s work must have a broad impact within, and perhaps beyond, the University. University service and academic achievement of the highest order are required.

Required materials: a nominating letter from another campus administrator, an advisory board or similar body, or a campus leader who knows the nominee well (including a biography with specific citations of distinction as well as specific information about the nominee’s service to the University, indicating dates, assignments, titles, and other pertinent data); a supporting letter from a current staff member who reports to the nominee; a supporting letter from a faculty colleague attesting to the nominee’s distinguished teaching and research achievements; and a supporting letter from a former student who has gone on to a career in the nominee’s discipline or in a related field. Additional letters of support, while optional, are welcome.

To Nominate a Staff Member

A staff nominee must have a record of extraordinary service to the University over the course of his or her career.

Required materials: a nominating letter from the head of the staff member’s school, college, or department (including a biography with specific citations of distinction as well as specific information about the nominee’s service to the University, indicating dates, assignments, titles, and other pertinent data); a supporting letter from the staff member’s supervisor; and a supporting letter from either a staff member who reported to the nominee in the course of his or her career, or a colleague. Additional letters of support, while optional, are welcome.

To Nominate an Individual who is not a Member of the University, or to Nominate an Organization

A nominee who is an individual but not a member of the University, or a nominee that is an organization, must have a record of extraordinary service to the University.

Required materials: a nominating letter from the head of a University department (including a biography or profile with specific citations of distinction as well as specific information about the nominee’s service to the University, indicating dates, assignments, titles, and other pertinent data); and two supporting letters from individuals who have direct knowledge of the nominee’s service to the campus. Additional letters of support, while optional, are welcome.

Past Recipients

View the list of recipients of The Berkeley Citation. (You will need Adobe Acrobat software to view or print the recipient list.)

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