Jerrie Gavalchin Memorial Award

Academic and Researcher

Jerrie’s research focused on autoimmune disease and immunology in animals, with the goal of developing ways to improve animal health and production. She joined Cornell in 1999 as an adjunct associate professor in the Baker Institute for Animal Health in the Department of Microbiology, and in 2003, she became an associate professor in the Department of Animal Science.

Mentor and Friend

Jerrie maintained the largest undergraduate advising load in the department, advising on careers in both veterinary medicine and animal health. Students recalled the hours that she spent answering questions about course material, advising on career paths and writing letters of recommendation. Many students said that she always took the time to learn about their lives and support their other interests too.

“Jerrie was a longtime colleague, an outstanding teacher and dedicated student advisor. Students will remember Jerrie for her kindness and great generosity in sharing her time and expertise.”

Kathryn J. Boor ’80, Dean (2010-2020), College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Make A Gift

Gifts to the Animal Science Excellence Fund will be used to support the Jerrie Gavalchin Memorial Award which is awarded to a senior majoring in animal science.


Please make checks payable to Cornell University and note Animal Science Excellence Fund in memory of Jerrie Gavalchin.  Mail payment to:

Cornell University
Box 37334
Boone, IA 50037-0334

Pledge, EFT, Gifts of Stock, Multi-year pledges


Christy Agnese
Director of Development, CALS
cagnese [at]