AAAS Mentor Awards: Lifetime Mentor Award

UC Davis Honorees


Gary May headshot

Gary S. May 

Gary May, Chancellor and Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is a career-long champion of the successful educational and professional pursuits of underrepresented students and faculty. He leads four colleges and six professional schools at UC Davis. An accomplished researcher who made foundational contributions to computer-aided manufacturing of integrated circuits, and early discoveries underpinning the development of Artificial Intelligence, Dr. May is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an IEEE Fellow. He received the 2006 AAAS Mentor Award, and the 2015 US Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). 

Barbara Horwitz

Distinguished Professor Emerita of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, Barbara Horwitz, who has made important contributions to the study of metabolic regulation, is an early advocate for the educational and professional success of underrepresented students and faculty. She counts mentoring as one of the most important endeavors in academe, and spearheaded a number of programs toward these ends in her more than 40-year career. She has been principal investigator of the NIH-funded UC Davis Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity and Development, and co-PI for an Advancing Diversity in Aging grant. In her former role as Vice Provost for Academic Personnel, Dr. Horwitz also established the first faculty work-life programs at UC Davis. 

William Jackson

Among his many accomplishments using spectroscopy in a nearly 60-year long career, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Emeritus William Jackson has been widely recognized for the promotion of diversity and inclusion in STEM. In addition to recruiting and training many students and postdocs of color, Jackson helped launch national programs to improve diversity in science. A co-founder and inaugural fellow of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), he testified before Congress in support of more research funding for historically black colleges and universities. A former Guggenheim Fellow, Jackson is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Chemical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.