1973 Alumna Recognized as UC Davis’ Top Teacher

During a lecture, Professor Judy Callis received a surprise by Chancellor Gary May to announce her as the UC Davis Prize recipient. Karin Higgins/UC Davis

Congratulations to Ladue Schools alumna Judy Callis, Class of 1973, who recently received the UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and Scholarly Achievement! Judy is a professor and vice chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology in the College of Biological Sciences. The $45,000 prize is funded by gifts managed by the UC Davis Foundation.

Callis has been teaching biochemistry at UC Davis since joining the faculty in 1989. For Judy, teaching is about helping students make connections between what they learn in class and their own life experiences.

“I get excited about teaching because I like to excite people about the subject matter — I love it when principles and concepts click with students and all of a sudden they understand something they’ve struggled with,” she said.

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