Student Achievement Week

Student Achievement Week 2016

May 28-June 3, 2016

Students are recognized for their achievements in research and other scholarly activities during Student Achievement Week!  During this time, many will present their work publicly through a myriad of events -- everything from the Annual Print Sale, art exhibitions, and theater productions to a sciences and engineering poster symposium.



2016 Eduardo Carrillo Scholars Reception

Wednesday, April 27
(by invitation)

The Eduardo Carrillo Scholarship, established in 1997 in memory of UC Santa Cruz Art Professor Emeritus and famed Chicano muralist Eduardo Carrillo, is awarded to the most talented emerging student-artists in the Art Department.  Since its inception, the scholarship has benefited almost 200 students in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and drawing.

Irwin Scholars Exhibition 2016

May 25-June 11
Reception and award ceremony: Wednesday, May 25, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sesnon Gallery, Porter College

The Sesnon Gallery’s annual Irwin Scholarship Award exhibition showcases some of UCSC’s most promising young artists working in painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, installation, video, digital media and social practice. The William Hyde and Susan Benteen Irwin Scholarship Fund was established in 1986, generating annual merit scholarships to further the education of selected UC Santa Cruz arts students.

Play: A Dream Play by August Strindberg

May 26-29
7:30 p.m. (May 29 at 3:00 p.m.)
Experimental Theater (Theater Arts Center)

Ticketed event. 

Opera: Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell

June 2-5
7:30 p.m. (June 5 at 3:00 p.m.)
Music Center Recital Hall

The UCSC Music Department presents a fully staged production of this tragic opera featuring the UCSC Orchestra and top student singers. Ticketed event.

Shakespeare To Go presents “Love's Labour's Lost”

Friday, June 3
Performances at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Second Stage (UCSC)

A student company performs a 50-minute adaptation of Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost, adapted and directed by Theater Arts professor Patty Gallagher. During spring quarter, the cast took the production on the road to a number of middle and high schools. This is their final presentation of the season. Free and open to the public. There is a fee to park in the performing arts parking lot ($4).

Open Studios

Friday, June 3
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Baskin Visual Arts Center and
Digital Arts Research Center (DARC)

Spring Open Studios 2016 features student art work in a variety of media including: drawing, painting, print media, sculpture, intermedia, photography and electronic art. Open Studios runs in conjunction with the Digital Arts and New Media Open Studios. This event is free and open to the public. There is a fee to park in the performing arts parking lot.

HAVC Pop-Up Museum

Friday, June 3
12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Baskin Visual Arts Center

During the Celebration of the Arts on June 3 History of Art and Visual Culture (HAVC) will have a Pop-Up Museum and a tent featuring HAVC student research. 

A pop-up museum is a temporary exhibit created by the people who show up to participate. This year's theme is "Connections". Do you have a special connection a person, place, or time in your life? Share it with us! Bring an item to share at the pop-up museum. It could be a photo of someone special to you, an object that reminds you of your connection to the Santa Cruz community, a moment of learning that connected you to the world- however you interpret the theme and its meaning. Be creative!

UC Santa Cruz's 42nd Annual Print Sale 

Friday, June 3 & Saturday, June 4
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Baskin Visual Arts Center

Hundreds of original etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, and digital prints, handmade books, and more will be on display and available for purchase at extremely reasonable prices. This is a unique opportunity to see and purchase high quality hand-made artwork, meet the artists and tour the exceptional art facilities at UCSC. Profits directly benefit the student artists and the UC Santa Cruz Printmaking Program. The sale can accept CASH or CHECKS ONLY. This event is free and open to the public. There is a fee to park in the performing arts parking lot.


History 9th Annual Undergraduate History Showcase

Thursday, May 5th
2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Stevenson Fireside Lounge

The History Department Undergraduate History Showcase is an annual event held each spring that recognizes the exceptional research being conducted by UC Santa Cruz history undergraduates. The showcase provides undergraduate students with a unique opportunity to share their research with a larger audience, as well as provides a forum for students, faculty, and the university community to engage in scholarly discussion. In addition, a UCSC history alumnus is invited each year to deliver a keynote address aimed at undergraduate research. The event is free and open to the public.

Seventeenth Annual Literature Undergraduate Colloquium

Thursday, May 19
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Humanities 1, Room 210

The Seventeenth Annual Literature Undergraduate Colloquium is a day-long event showcasing and celebrating undergraduate academic work in the Literature Department. The Undergraduate Colloquium is free and open to the public; audience members include faculty, students, families and other interested parties. It is an exciting event for all participants!

Celebrating Humanities

Tuesday, May 31
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Cowell Provost House

The Celebrating Excellence in the Humanities 2015-2016 Spring Awards acknowledges those who have received special recognition, awards, and distinctions over the course of the past year. Dean's and Chancellor's Award recipients, Humanities Undergraduate Research Awards presentations and faculty awards and honors will be acknowledged, among other student and faculty awards. This year, the Humanities Division is a proud sponsor of the 2016 Annual Chancellor's Achievement Awards for Diversity

Linguistics Undergraduate Research Conference

Wednesday, June 1
12:55 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Stevenson Fireside Lounge

Toward the end of the Spring Quarter each year, the Linguistics Undergraduate Research Conference showcases the research of undergraduate students in its programs. This conference always features as an invited speaker, a distinguished alum of the department.

Annual Philosophy Undergraduate Colloquium

Thursday, June 9
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Humanities 1, room 210

The Philosophy Department will be holding a colloquium on Thursday, June 2 featuring presentations by two outstanding undergraduate students - as nominated by faculty.


19th Annual Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium

Thursday, June 2
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Jack Baskin Engineering Courtyard

A forum for the presentation of undergraduate research, scholarship, and creativity in science, engineering, and mathematics. This free event is sponsored by the Division of Physical & Biological Sciences, and the Jack Baskin School of Engineering.


Student Recognition Luncheon

Wednesday, June 1
(by invitation)

The Jack Baskin School of Engineering is celebrating the achievement of our students. Award winners, and their faculty mentors, are cordially invited to a celebratory lunch on Wednesday, June 1.

1st Annual Celebrating Women in Computer Science and Engineering

Friday, June 3
(by invitation)
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The Jack Baskin School of Engineering is celebrating the achievement of all women graduating with degrees in this Department. Graduating seniors, faculty and women in the Engineering fields will be in attendance for an evening banquet.


Environmental Studies Senior Poster Symposium

Monday, May 23
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Natural Sciences Building 2, Rooms 229, 233, 239

On Monday, May 23, 2:30-4:00 p.m., the Department of Environmental Studies will hold its annual Environmental Studies Undergraduate Senior Poster Symposium for students to share their research and projects with all Environmental Studies undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty.

Student Recognition Luncheon

Thursday, May 26
(by invitation)

Social Sciences will have a Student Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, May 26.  All recipients of Division awards, including Deans' and Chancellor's Undergraduate Award recipients, will be honored by the Dean and Social Sciences Board of Councilors.


Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony

Wednesday, June 1
(by invitation)

Undergraduates who were recently elected to Phi Beta Kappa will be formally inducted into the PBK Honors Society at this event.  This year’s ceremony will recognize inductees from the graduating classes of summer 2015, fall 2015, winter 2016, and spring 2016.  Winners of the Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Scholarship will also be recognized.

Social Justice Art Show

Wednesday, June 1
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Namaste Lounge

College Ten's Spring class, Expressive Arts for Social Justice, is hosting an art show/reception on Wednesday, June 1st in Namaste Lounge! From 3 - 5 pm Namaste will be transformed into an ART GALLERY. Students have been working all quarter exploring different forms of artistic expression and each of them chose a social justice focus to reflect in final projects using a wide range of media and forms. Come tour our art gallery, enjoy live performances, videos, and spoken word.

14th Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony

Thursday, June 2
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Namaste Lounge

College Nine and College Ten's Service-Learning Program will host the 14th Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, June 4 from 6:00-7:30 pm in Namaste Lounge. This is an opportunity for student volunteers and our community partners to join together in celebrating our collaborative work in Santa Cruz county throughout the year. The gathering will include hors d'euvres, student testimonials, and more.  UCSC staff and faculty are welcome to attend. Contact: Abbey Asher: for more information.

Merrill Undergraduate Research Mentorship & Challenge Program Spotlight

Thursday, June 2
(by invitation)
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Merrill Provost House

Merrill will be hosting a reception for student and faculty participants in the Merrill Mentorship and Challenge Programs combined with a short forum for the student participants to present their work.

Chancellor's and Steck Awards Presentation

Friday, June 3
(by invitation)

Three senior theses/ projects from each of the five academic divisions are chosen each year, from the winners of the Deans' Awards, to receive Chancellor's Awards. This event recognizes those fifteen top research projects of the year. The Steck Award recognizes the most outstanding research project chosen from the fifteen Chancellor's Awardees, and is announced at this event.

If you have questions about Student Achievement Week, please email the Undergraduate Honors Program.