The Mary Jeanne Gilhooly Award honors the graduating woman believed to be the most outstanding in the areas of leadership, scholarship, integrity, and service in the campus community. The award was established in 1942 to memorialize the achievements of Mary Jeanne Gilhooly, recognized as an "unofficial goodwill ambassador to every prospective Aggie."

The selection criteria for this award are:

  • Must graduate by the end of Summer Session of the year of the award
  • Must have attended UCD for at least 2 academic years
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and not be on academic probation at end of Fall quarter of the previous year

Winners are presented with a plaque and $500 by the Chancellor at their commencement and are honored with a commemorative gift.

This award is one of five Student Recognition Awards that UC Davis gives out.


2009 - Amira Zaid (Genetics) 2008 - Chelsea Hertzog (Mathematics) 2002 - Huma Javed (Biological Sciences) 2001 - Elizabeth Middleton (Nature and Culture) 2000 - Kao Vang (English & Communications) 1999 - Lisa Lapeyrouse (Native American Studies & Women's Studies) 1998 - June Kolander (Sociology) 1997 - Katherine Guthrie (International Relations & Economics) 1996 - Shirley Sperry (Cross Cultural Education & Native American Studies) 1995 - Mary Ann Richards (Art studio & Psychology)