Dave Rizzo '93 to receive National Award

Professor Dave Rizzo is being recognized as an Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate, calling his work a “best practice” in easing students’ transitions into college. He is among 10 people to be so recognized by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, based at the University of South Carolina.

Dave Rizzo graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1993 with his Ph.D. in Plant Pathology.

During Rizzo's 22 years as a plant pathology faculty member at UC-Davis, he has been at the forefront of such initiatives as the Career Discovery Program, a partnership between the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and the Internship and Career Center — a program described as particularly helpful to first-generation and underrepresented.

Rizzo also led an expansion of the Science and Society program, a collection of general education courses designed to offer students the opportunity to discover the connections that link the biological, physical and social sciences with societal and cultural issues. More than 2,500 students, including a significant number of freshmen and incoming transfer students, enroll in SAS courses each year.