Gifts to the Will Shadish Memorial Graduate Student Fellowship Fund recognize and provide critical financial support for one or more UC Merced graduate students who have been recognized for excellence in both research and teaching.
This award is named in honor of Professor William Shadish who joined UC Merced in 2003, before there were any students or buildings, to help build a new research university with high-quality education and research programs in Psychological Sciences. He designed the psychology major, which is the second largest on campus. He led the review that resulted in our campus’s second Ph.D. program — Psychological Sciences, which is now home to some 40 students. He also served on numerous faculty search committees, which led eventually to the hire of 15 colleagues who came to join him in this academic unit.
Along the way, Professor Shadish spent time on almost every major Academic Senate committee and participated in countless other activities in support of our mission. In recognition of his tireless work for UC Merced, Professor Shadish received the Dr. Fred Spiess Award for Distinguished Service from the Academic Senate in 2015.
He was also an extraordinary scientist, becoming only the second Distinguished Professor at UC Merced and earning the Academic Senate Distinguished Research Award in 2011. His main research contributions were to the field of behavioral sciences, including program evaluation, psychology of science, experimental design and meta-analysis. He had a broad impact not only in psychological sciences, but also in other behavioral and health sciences. His work has been cited more than 22,500 times.