Ryokichi Yatabe Outstanding OADI Alumnus or
The Ryokichi Yatabe (B.S. 1876) Award recognizes an alumnus/alumna who has made an ongoing commitment to the university through his/her appreciation and advocacy for campus diversity and his/her active contributions to the betterment of our greater communities as an agent of social change.
The nominee must have graduated from Cornell University at least two years prior to nomination.
Nominations are currently CLOSED. The 2017-18 winner was Ed Estrada '94.
Ryokichi Yatabe (B.S., 1876) was Cornell’s first Japanese graduate. Dr. Yatabe went on to become the first professor of Botany and Curator of Botanic Gardens at the University of Tokyo.