Integrity Awardees, 2011-2021

Celebrating faculty, staff, students and departments/units who are champions of integrity at UC San Diego.


2021 Integrity Award Recipients

All awardees were honored at the virtual 11th Integrity Awards Ceremony on April 21, 2021.




Lifetime Integrity Achievement Award


Click on Mike's photo to see a special introduction by AVC Sandra Brown

Michael Kalichman


Research Ethics Program Director (1997-2021)


Center for Ethics in Science & Technology, Co-Founding Director (2004)




The 2021 Integrity Champions


Click on their photos to see a video about each of the 8 Integrity Champions.

Saharnaz Baghdadchi

Stephanie Fraley

Assistant Teaching Professor

Associate Professor

Electrical & Computer Engineering




Michael Hogarth

Brian Leigh

Professor & Chief Clinical Research Information Officer

Assistant Teaching Professor

Health Sciences

Chemistry & Biochemistry



Huihui Qi

Curt Schurgers

Assistant Teaching Professor

Associate Teaching Professor

Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Vincent (Jim) Short

Ross Turner

Ph.D. Student

Ph.D. Student

Theatre & Dance

Materials Science & Engineering



2020 Integrity Award Recipients

The following 2020 Integrity Champions were honored, albeit without a ceremony due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. You'll note that their videos are a little less polished than other previous and future winners; this was also due to the pandemic which abruptly put us into lockdown about 3 weeks before the scheduled ceremony. We think you'll enjoy them anyway!


Cheryl Harrelson

Associate Vice Chancellor, Annual Giving and Pipeline Development

AVC Harrelson’s impact has been large and widespread. She has impacted the overall integrity of her unit which is comprised of approximately 80 staff members, but she has also impacted the overall integrity of UC San Diego’s alumni, career services, and annual giving programs. That impact is seen by hundreds of thousands of people across the United States and around the world. By raising the bar in engagement and philanthropy, AVC Harrelson is impacting the integrity of UC San Diego with all institutions of higher education as well.



Isabel Rivera-Collazo

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology & Scripps Institution of Oceanography

While ethics and professional integrity are part of research and education, Isabel's work towards incorporating experiential actions where integrity is put to test in real life goes beyond what is expected from faculty. Isabel goes out of her way to create learning opportunities for the students. By empowering students to create ethical guidelines in class and in the research lab, she creates the environment to inspire students to be aware of their actions and to consider their own integrity as professionals. Her actions also set an example among the communities she engaged is with, and among other scientists working on climate change and disaster related settings.


2019 Integrity Award Recipients

On April 17th, 2019, the 9th Annual Integrity Award Ceremony recognized the following 2019 Integrity Award Recipients:

Elizabeth Bell

Research Coordinator (Former), Biomedical Informatics

Elizabeth, along with another former employee, had the courage to bring forward a potential integrity violation. She gently pushed for immediate attention to the issue and was strong and determined to do the right thing on behalf of UC San Diego and the involved parties. Elizabeth's courage in bringing the matter forward had numerous positive impacts to the division and involved research participants."(Nominator)

Dr. Sara Gianella Weibel

Assistant Professor, School of Medicine

Sara has been a beacon of integrity and a tireless champion of increased integrity in the practice of research, treatment of patients and research subjects, and in her teaching. She chairs an IRB committee and strives to improve the ethical practice of every proposal that comes to her. She also champions her patients, advocates for their fair treatment, and spreads this message of integrity to the wider research community. She shares this same fervor for the ethical practice of research with medical students in her case-based learning seminars. She models the sort of dedication to integrity in research and life that we should all strive for.” (Nominator)

Dr. Atul Malhorta

Professor, School of Medicine

Dr. Malhotra promotes academic integrity, professional ethics, research ethics, and responsible conduct of research. Dr. Malhotra not only ensures that his own work is beyond reproach, but he teaches faculty, trainees and volunteers about the importance and necessity of integrity in all arenas - research, hiring, education, etc. Because he also serves on National and International committees and societies, he has been able to promote integrity and ethics in spheres beyond UCSD. In summary, Dr. Malhotra inspires mentees to strive to be the most up-standing, highly-principled people they possibly can be.” (Nominator)

Dr. Emily Trask

Executive Director, Center for Student Involvement

Emily exemplifies UC San Diego integrity core principles through her devotion to promoting integrity and ethics in student programming, mentoring and role modeling professional integrity, volunteering time to the UC San Diego community and exhibiting courage in defending integrity. Emily’s devotion to instilling integrity has a deep “ripple” effect within the entire UC San Diego community through her own actions, her leadership through her staff, training and development of student leaders. The student leaders pass their devotion to upholding principles of integrity to their student organizations and in their interactions with their peers.” (Nominator)

Kristen Tregar

Ph.D. Candidate, Theatre & Dance

Kristen is a model of integrity. In the classroom, she leads by example and consistently promotes integrity and ethics. And in her directing work, she challenges actors to think and practice through critical ethical frameworks and she presents work that stimulates audiences to think about their own decisions, their roles in their communities, and the changes they can make to create more positive communities.” (Nominator)



2018 Integrity Award Recipients

The 8th Annual was a special ceremony because we also recognized 10 years of the Integrity Peer Educator program - a program admired around the globe for both its contributions to the integrity culture at UC San Diego but also for the leadership development it provides to students.

On April 18th, 2018, the 8th Annual Integrity Award Ceremony recognized the following 2018 Integrity Awardees:

Dr. César Figueroa

Assistant Director, Residence Life, Warren College

“Cesar Figueroa has been and continues to be an exceptional ally, mentor, and leader. He continues to teach me the importance of integrity in the work place as well as in the pursuit to my professional career. I am better equipped to handle any injustice in the work place because of Cesar” (endorser of nomination)

Sheryl Gerbracht

Director, Business Office, Information Technology Services

“Sheryl is deeply respected and her work is trustworthy and trusted. As a role model, she inspires others (including myself) to strive for her same high level of moral and ethical compass. Over the years I have worked with her, I can say that she has made me a better person and one more dedicated to these values.” (nominator)

Dr. Robert Heaton

Professor, Psychiatry, School of Medicine

“This nominee promotes integrity and ethics in all spheres of his responsibility: as the Department of Psychiatry's Vice Chair of Academic Affairs, he is sought for his consistent, even-handed, highly principled advice to assist faculty with academic advancement through a rigorous peer-review process that he directs and that  features the preparation and presentation of academic review files that adhere to the highest standards of University policy and academia” (Nominator)

Lisa Kellogg

Director, Alumni Relations/Academic Divisions and Graduate/Professional Schools, Alumni

“Lisa has shown great courage and professionalism during my time at UC San Diego and specifically over the past two years that I've worked with her. She navigates difficult situations as professionally [and] Her thought process [is] always focused [on] what was in the best interest to maintain our strong and positive reputation at UC San Diego.” (Nominator)

Cecilia Bonaduce Leggett

Medical Student, Class of 2019

“Integrity is a vital life source for any University or academic community. The students and faculty of UCSD have a clear and sincere commitment to great education which is what makes our school a safe space for people to explore ideas, push boundaries, and make discoveries not only within their fields but within themselves as well.  I am approaching my fourth and final year as a UCSD medical student and can say with confidence that throughout my time at this institution, the School of Medicine has shown unwavering commitment to its mission of creating innovative and compassionate future physicians.” (Awardee)

Naomi Lin

Undergraduate, Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience and Music Major, Roosevelt College

“Integrity matters because it is the basis of respect and worth. Integrity creates good moral character and furthers professional development in individuals, organizations, research, classes, and more. By this domino effect of individuals upholding morals and integrity in turn improves the UCSD community as a whole. Since integrity promotes respect and good morals, these qualities also can better the overall mental health of the UCSD community. To me, integrity is the larger umbrella that encompasses other important aspects such as hard work and dedication. All of these characteristics foster the growth of leaders and innovators at UCSD, sequentially propelling UCSD into a future of success and prominence." (Awardee)

Luke Lindgren

Undergraduate, NanoEngineering, Revelle College

“one may think of Luke like a person who got a vaccine: those who get a vaccine help stop the spread of viruses to people who did not get the vaccine. By not sharing his work, Luke protects others from being able to cheat, and prevents the creation of an assignment-sharing culture. However, Luke is more than a vaccinated patient: he provides alternative methods of help and tutoring to guide his peers to understanding and learning class topics.” (Nominator)

Eric Mah

Assistant Dean for Clinical & Translational Research, Health Sciences

“Eric actively promotes integrity locally and internationally, through institutional efforts, mentoring, and social justice. Internationally he has engaged with the global research ethics community and in the process, promoted UC San Diego as an institution that cares about ethics and integrity.” (Nominator)

Professor Lisa Porter

Professor, Theatre & Dance

“Her principles of integrity are active in her heartfelt devotion to her students in our undergraduate and graduate programs. Professor Porter transcends intellectual applications of Academic Integrity as she gives comprehensive access to our community in her inner view about dimensions of integrity in theatre spaces, in classrooms, and outside of campus. In a word, integrity for Lisa Porter means absolute honesty about human endeavor and transparency so that the public trust is always maintained.” (Supervisor)

Dr. James Posakony

Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology, Division of Biological Sciences

“Jim Posakony is a scientist that is interesting in discovering truths - and not necessarily in striving to receive accolades for his achievements. He serves as a mentor and role model to several young faculty members. In these difficult times of excessive competition and limited research funding opportunities, Jim embodies the principals that hard work and truthfulness will be self-rewarding in pushing forward the boundaries of knowledge. His efforts have had both micro- and macro-impacts on the UCSD and national scientific communities.” (Nominator)


2017 Integrity Award Recipients

The following 2017 Integrity Champions were honored at a ceremony on April 19th, 2017.

Read an overview about the 2017 Integrity Awards Ceremony on the UCSDNews website. You can find the article here.


Faculty Recipients

Dr. Lauren Brookman-Frazee



Dr. Shuang Wang

Biomedical Informatics



Staff Recipients

Deyna Roberson

Student Affairs


Veronica Rubio



Graduate Student Recipients

Abigail Vaughn

Political Science


Vladimir Jovanovic


picture of Jovanovic

Sophia Pan

Visiting Ph.D. Student


Undergraduate Student Recipients

Arthur De Jesus

Sixth College/Engineering


Brian Dinh

Revelle College/Biological Sciences


Dan Volkovich

Warren College/Engineering


Sierra Lee

Warren College/Social Sciences


Department Recipients

Computer Science & Engineering



2016 Integrity Award Winners

April Cha
Aaron Drews
Robert Snellman
Karyn Speidel
Academic Integrity Ally Award:
Academic Integrity Faculty Award:
Academic Integrity Instructional Assistant Award:
Academic Integrity Student Award:
April Cha,
Aaron Drews,
Robert Snellman, Jr.,
Karyn Speidel,
Education Technology Services
Public Health

Camille Nebeker
Jaime Schiffer
Marianne Generales
Robina Shaheen
Research Integrity Faculty Award:
Research Integrity Student Award:
Research Integrity Ally Award:
Research Integrity Ally Award:
Camille Nebeker,
Jaime Sciffer,
Marianne Generales,
Robina Shaheen,
Family Medicine & Public Health
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Research Affairs
Chemistry & Biochemistry

2015 Integrity Award Winners

Berenice Almauger
Mike Tauber
Gary Gillespie
Heidi Keller-Lapp
Academic Integrity Student Award Recipient:
Academic Integrity Faculty Award Recipient:
Academic Integrity Faculty Award Recipient:
Academic Integrity Ally Award Recipient:
Berenice Almauger,
Mike Tauber,
Gary Gillespie
Heidi Keller,
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Computer Science & Engineering
Making of the Modern World


Dena Plemmons Mary Devereaux
Christopher Deboever
Research Integrity Faculty Award Recipient:
Research Integrity Ally Award Recipient:
Research Integrity Student Award Recipient:
Denna Plemmons,
Mary Devereaux,
Christopher Deboever,
Biomedical Ethics
Bioinformatics & Systems Biology


2014 Integrity Award Winners

Andy Briggs and Mel Murray Stephan Anagnostaras Writing Center Tutors
Academic Integrity Student Award Recipients:
Academic Integrity Faculty Award Recipient:
Academic Integrity Ally Award Recipient:
Andy Briggs & Mel Murray
Stephan Anagnostaras,
Writing Center Tutors


2013 Integrity Award Winners

Sheng Wangzhong and Eric Hahn

Paul Kube

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Academic Integrity Student Award Recipients:
Academic Integrity Faculty Award Recipient:
Academic Integrity Ally Award Recipient:
Sheng Wangzhong & Eric Hahn,
Paul Kube,
Nancy Gilson
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Computer Science and Engineering


2012 Integrity Award Winners

Zarina Sharifi and David Dinh
Sam Lee and Scott Oullette
Jeff Henry, ACMS
Academic Integrity Student Award Recipients:
Academic Integrity Faculty Award Recipient:
Academic Integrity Ally Award Recipients:
Zarina Sharifi & David Dinh
Lelli Van den Einde,
ACMS, Institutional Research and the Registrar's Office,
Structure Engineering (received by students Sam Lee & Scott Oullette)
(received by Jeff Henry, ACMS)


2011 Integrity Award Winners

Julie Nguyen and Nancy Pham
Michael Anderson (Physics)
Marlo Young
Academic Integrity Student Award Recipients:
Academic Integrity Faculty Award Recipient:
Academic Integrity Ally Award Recipients:
Julie Nguyen & Nancy Pham
Michael Anderson
UCSD Libraries
(received by Mario Young)