Nominate a Community Hero


The time has come to honor faculty, staff, students, residents and postdoctoral scholars who go above and beyond for local, regional and global communities.

The Chancellor’s Award for Public Service Committee (CAPS) is now accepting nominations.

Community service is inextricably linked to UCSF's mission of patient care, research and education. 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, and one student, resident or postdoctoral scholar — who have demonstrated outstanding public service beyond the scope of their job, area of research or training.

Nomination forms are available at Packets are due by 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Please submit a nomination packet electronically or in hard copy by March 1, 2016, containing the following documents:

  • Completed Nomination Form.

  • Nominating letter delineating the nominee's contributions as related to the selection criteria (specific examples per each criterion are recommended). Please note: only four pages maximum, submitted as either a formal letter or Word template will be accepted.

  • Two supporting letters from those seconding the nomination on the Nomination Form attesting to the nominee’s contributions as related to the selection criteria. Please note: only two supporting letters, limited to two pages each will be accepted.