2023-24 Chancellor's Awards for International Engagement Honorees

Congratulations to the 2023-24 Chancellor’s Award for International Engagement Recipients

The Chancellor's Awards for International Engagement recognize UC Davis faculty and staff members for outstanding international engagement in carrying out the university’s mission of teaching, research and outreach.

2023-24 Chancellor’s Award for International Engagement Recipients  

The Chancellor’s Award for International Engagement recognizes faculty and staff members for outstanding global engagement in advancing the university’s teaching, research and service missions. The recipients of this year’s awards are Ermias Kebreab and Nicole Rabaud.  

Ermias Kebreab, Ph.D. 

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Ermias Kebreab

Ermias Kebreab is a professor, Sesnon Endowed Chair in the Department of Animal Science, director of the World Food Center, and associate dean for global engagement in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. He is a globally recognized scholar and expert in sustainable agriculture and animal science. Kebreab has conducted extensive research in developing strategies for using feed additives to reduce methane emissions from livestock. 

Kebreab is deeply committed to delivering real-world impact through collaborative research and has developed extensive global partnerships to address the grand challenges facing our global food systems. He has represented UC Davis abroad, chaired key international advisory groups, and developed and implemented training programs at UC Davis for individuals from more than 27 countries. 

His nominators shared that his “outstanding contributions have been achieved through the numerous highly productive collaborations that he has fostered around the world and on our campus, which have and will continue to provide global educational opportunities for all.” 

Nicole Rabaud, Ph.D. 

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Nicole Rabaud, Ph.D.

Nicole Rabaud is the executive director for student and postdoctoral support in Graduate Studies. She has developed impactful programs and expanded services that support international graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. These programs have helped create a more enriching and inclusive environment that promotes academic success, mitigates stress and creates community and belonging. 

Rabaud’s experience as a first-generation Ph.D. student at UC Davis fueled her passion and informed her professional vision for improving the graduate school experience and developing innovative and supportive programming. She strongly advocates for student mental health and well-being and graduate students of diversity. 

Rabaud’s nominators shared that she “actively looks out for the well-being of international students and post-docs in all spaces, ensuring their unique needs and challenges are not only recognized but also effectively addressed. This commitment extends to fostering an inclusive and supportive environment that goes beyond academic success, considering the holistic well-being of students and their families.”