Nicole Sitkin named UC Davis University Medalist.
The University of California, Davis, thinks Nicole Sitkin is going to go places and have an impact on the world — it has named her this year’s University Medalist as the top graduating senior.
And Sitkin, who earned a bachelor’s degree in December, is well on her way.
First as an undergraduate and now working at the university’s School of Medicine, Sitkin is already making contributions to medical research and helping address disparities in health care, especially for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) populations.
“She is superlative — a great reflection of Davis,” said Diana Farmer, chair of the medical school’s Department of Surgery and surgeon in chief of the Children’s Hospital.
The University Medal is awarded for excellence in undergraduate studies, outstanding community service and the promise of future scholarship and contributions to society. Past recipients include the U.S. Treasury Department’s chief economist, the president of a Thai university, doctors, engineers and others whose work ranges from seeking a cure for cancer to helping the poor in developing countries.
Sitkin will be presented with the award, including a plaque and a $2,000 honorarium, at the commencement of the College of Biological Sciences on Friday (June 14).
A graduate of Campolindo High School in Moraga, Sitkin achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.97 on her way to earning a bachelor’s degree in neurobiology, physiology and behavior. She is bound for medical school to become a clinician-researcher and study the interaction of basic biology and human experience.
“I want to explore scientific puzzles, but also to challenge health disparities, revealing more about their causes and potential solutions,” Sitkin wrote in her award application.
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