My Last Lecture Award

More than 50 years ago, notable UCLA professors were given the chance to put all of their life lessons and advice for students into one “last lecture.”

In 2010, the Alumni Scholars Club (ASC) brought back this tradition through the My Last Lecture Award. This award was established to honor a UCLA professor who is an inspiration to students.

On May 17, ASC will host an award ceremony where the winning professor will give an inspiring lecture on the question posed to the original lecturers more than 50 years ago: What would you tell your audience if you had but one lecture to give – your last lecture on this earth?

Ceremony and Lecture

Tuesday, May 17
7 p.m.
De Neve Auditorium

Tickets will be available at CTO in early May. More info to come.

For questions, please contact

Jeffrey Maloy, Ph.D. ʼ17, Assistant Professor of Teaching at University of California, Los Angeles. 

Jeff obtained his Ph.D. in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics from UCLA in 2017. His dissertation research focused on mechanisms of pathogenesis and host innate immune response to the intracellular pathogen Burkholderia pseudomallei. After completing his Ph.D., Jeff was a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Education Innovation and Learning in the Sciences (CEILS) at UCLA, where he trained in discipline-based education research.

In his current position, Jeff conducts education research, develops curricula, and teaches in the Life Sciences Core Education Department and the Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology Department at UCLA. As a biology education researcher, the classroom is his laboratory, where he works with students to develop innovative and engaging pedagogy that continuously evolves and adapts to changing student needs. His research is concentrated in three areas. (1) How interesting but educationally “irrelevant” content such as anecdotes, images, and humor impacts motivational predictors of student achievement and persistence in STEM majors. (2) Interventions to foster growth mindsets and internal loci of control in undergraduate students, and the impact of these interventions on the development of self-efficacy and persistence. (3) The LGBTQIA+ experience in undergraduate STEM education, and factors leading to retention of LGBTQIA+ students in STEM majors.

Jeff lives in Santa Monica with his husband Alex and his dog Toby (who many students will also recognize as a valuable co-instructor). When not teaching, he enjoys cooking, crossword puzzles, and exploring the world.

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