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Miriam Aaron Roland Volunteer Service Prize

The Miriam Aaron Roland Volunteer Service Prize recognizes Stanford faculty who engage and involve students in integrating academic scholarship with significant and meaningful volunteer service.

Established through the generosity of Miriam Aaron Roland '51 as an endowment to the Haas Center, the Roland Prize is unique at Stanford for its focus on the significant role that public service by faculty can play in higher education, benefiting students, communities, and the faculty themselves.

The prize, which includes a cash award, acknowledges faculty doing exemplary service work with nonprofits, NGOs, government agencies, or philanthropies, either domestically or internationally.


A nominee must be a full-time member of the Academic Council, Senior Lecturer, Medical School line faculty member, or clinician educator and demonstrate a personal commitment to service and a record of involving students in service.

2020 Roland Prize Nominations and two letters of support are due January 29, 2020Submit your nomination and 2 letters of support.


For more information, please contact Paitra Houts.


2019 Awardee


Bruce E. Cain is the Charles Louis Ducommun Professor in Humanities and Sciences and director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West. He is also a senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), and the Precourt Institute for Energy.

Through a combination of experiential education programs, interdisciplinary teaching, research opportunities, and Cardinal Quarter internships, Bruce uses his expertise as a political scientist to frame and translate governance challenges of climate change—particularly in the American West—into research questions that can be tackled by interdisciplinary teams of undergraduates, graduate students, and senior faculty.

Bruce teaches Cardinal Courses through which students get firsthand experience and insights into political campaigns and voter engagement efforts. He also oversees student research projects on issues such as energy-efficient transportation systems, drought management, and air quality in the rural West. During his tenure, Bruce has also collaborated with campus partners to more than triple the number of internships offered through the Lane Center. One of the largest of these programs is the Stanford Energy Internships in California and the West, a Cardinal Quarter opportunity through which students complete a policy course and are then matched with a state energy agency in California, Colorado or Utah. In addition to his research and teaching, Bruce is a trusted advisor and mentor to dozens of undergraduate and graduate students each year.

Read more about how Bruce Cain inspires students to get involved in public service.

Past Prize Recipients


Nicole Ardoin,  Associate Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education, Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, and the director of the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program on Environment and Resources (E-IPER)


William Koski,  Eric and Nancy Wright Professor of Clinical Education and Professor of Law (teaching), Stanford Law School; Professor of Education, by courtesy, Stanford Graduate School of Education


Rodolfo Dirzo,  Bing Professor in Environmental Science in the Department of Biology at Stanford University and the director of the Center for Latin American Studies; senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, and a faculty fellow in the Center for Teaching and Learning.


Elizabeth A. "Liz" Hadlybiology professor and senior associate vice provost for undergraduate education; Paul S. and Billie Achilles Chair of Environmental Biology and senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment


Catherine "Cathy" Heaney, associate professor (teaching) of psychology and of medicine


Joan Petersilia, Adelbert H. Sweet Professor of Law and faculty co-director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center


Gabriel Garcia, MD, professor of medicine and associate dean of admissions at the Stanford School of Medicine


Janice Ross, MA ’75, PhD ’98, Professor (Teaching) of Drama and Director of the Dance Division at Stanford


Debra SatzMarta Sutton Weeks Professor of Ethics in Society, professor of philosophy and, by courtesy, political science
Rob Reichassociate professor of political science and, by courtesy, philosophy and the School of Education, is faculty co-director of the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and faculty director of the Program in Ethics in Society


Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor in the School of Education


Lars Osterberg, Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford School of Medicine


Terry L. Karl '70 (Humanities; '76 MA, '82 PhD, Political Science) Professor of Political Science, Gildred Professor in Latin American Studies and Senior Fellow, by courtesy, at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
James M. Patell, Herbert Hoover Professor of Public and Private Management in the Stanford University Graduate School of Business


Don Barr, MD '90 (MS, Health Services Research; '93 PhD, Sociology) Associate Professor (teaching) of Sociology and Human Biology
Michael Wald, Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law


Al Camarillo, Professor of History and Haas Centennial Professor in Public Service
Marilyn A. Winkleby, Associate Professor of Medicine


Milbrey McLaughlin, David Jacks Professor of Education and Public Policy
Boyd C. Paulson, Jr., Charles H. Leavell Professor of Civil Engineering