2015 Commencement Award Recipient, Uday Chauhan

Uday Chauhan

The UCR Alumni Association has awarded Uday Chauhan the 2015 Commencement Award for his profound volunteer work in community service projects and programs.

Uday Chauhan is graduating with his B.S. in biology. While at UCR, he co-founded and served as President of Rural India Social & Health Improvement (RISHI), a student run, non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the sustainable development of underserved communities in India. During the winter of 2013, and the summer of 2014 he led a team of UCR undergraduate volunteers to India to identify health disparities in the region and find sustainable solutions to implement in the rural community.

While in India, he and his team collaborated with a local non-profit, which led to the successful design and execution of free health camps and health-awareness programs. The team also collected data that led to the finding that high Total Dissolved Solutes levels in the drinking water was causing a wide range of eye conditions. Through his work, a program was developed to purify the water through installing several clean water machines in villages where eye problems are prevalent.

In addition to working with RISHI, he served as a volunteer at Gentiva Hospice, Science and Olympiad, and is currently a volunteer at Inland Hospice and Riverside County Regional Medical Center. He received the University Honors Academic Excellence Award in 2015, the Outstanding New Member Award, Sigma Alpha Lambda National Honors Society in 2013, and has been on the Dean’s Honors List 2012-2015 and Chancellor’s Honors List.

More information on the Commencement Award

The UCR Alumni Association Commencement Award was established in 1965 and is presented to a distinguished student leader who has volunteered significant time and effort in community service projects and programs. Graduating seniors with a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA at the time of application are eligible for the award. A personal plaque, an inscription on UCR’s perpetual plaque, a lifetime membership in the Alumni Association, and a $500 gift will be presented at the Honors Convocation Ceremony that will be held in the spring.

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