Student Achievement Week

Student Achievement Week 2019

June 3 - June 7, 2019

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.


Colleges Nine and Ten: Centering Student and Community Experiences in Research 

Wednesday, June 5
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Namaste Lounge

In this event, we highlight accomplishments of students at Colleges Nine and Ten involved in two programs unique to our colleges: (H)ACER and Slug Stories. (H)ACER is a new program at Colleges Nine and Ten providing undergraduate students with a variety of opportunities to learn with and from the local community and produce knowledge that diversifies the voices and perspectives represented within academia. In collaboration with our community partners, students engage in projects that address pressing issues such as social, economic, educational, and environmental injustice through an approach that pushes against deficit and damage-centered frameworks and honors the knowledges of community members. Slug Stories is an archival and research program in which undergraduates write, perform and undertake research on personal narratives that reflect their struggles, aspirations, successes, epiphanies, etc. These rich stories resonate deeply with issues important to student success (e.g., resilience, sense of belonging, connection to place, identity formation).

Chancellor's and Steck Awards Presentation

Monday, June 3
Merrill Cultural Center
(Invitation only)

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.

Chancellor's Undergraduate Internship Program Poster Session

Monday, June 3
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
McHenry Library

Chancellor's Undergraduate Internship Program (CUIP) participants will be presenting posters featuring the year-long projects interns complete in various offices and academic departments across the campus. The projects contribute to the advancement of the mission of the campus as well as the leadership development of the students. All are welcome to attend!

Cultivamos Excelencia Research Symposium

Friday, May 31
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
McHenry Library

Successful research is a key component of the University of California experience. The Cultivamos Excelencia Research Scholars Program gives SJCC students a chance to earn UC credit for an intersegmental coursestaken at SJCC, while receiving a head start on developing analytical skills to prepare for their upcoming transition to a research university. Research Institute at UCSC - This is a 6-day, full-time residential experience created to prepare Cultivamos Scholars for research engagement. Through seminars, roundtables, and workshops, scholars develop skills and knowledge to present their research at the Cultivamos Excelencia Research Symposium on the final day of the institute.

First Generation Initiative

Monday, May 20 - Friday, June 7
Location to be provided to graduating students

More than 3,600 UC Santa Cruz first-generation students will be graduating this June. In fact, more than 40 percent UC Santa Cruz undergraduates are first-generation college students. To recognize the significant accomplishment of these scholars, the UC Santa Cruz First Generation Initiative is distributing #FirstGen College Grad/UC Santa Cruz T-shirts to our soon-to-be first-generation college graduates. If you haven't already heard from us and you are graduating in 2019 (including at the end of summer), please contact us at

We are also inviting our campus community to join us and wear your #FirstGen T-shirt or Supporter buttons during Student Achievement Week. Haven't sign up yet? You can join the First Generation Initiative by signing up, here. Questions, please contact us at

Koret Scholars Undergraduate Research Slam

Friday, June 7 
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
McHenry Library

Koret Scholars will be presenting posters featuring undergraduate research, scholarship, and creativity in art, science, humanities, engineering, and social sciences. All are welcome to attend!

Merrill College: Tea of Excellence

Thursday, April 18
5:00 pm
(Invitation only)

Merrill College Undergraduate Spotlight: Research Mentorship Program, Leadership and Special Projects

Thursday, May 23
5:00 pm
(Invitation only)

Merrill College sponsors this program for Merrill juniors and seniors. Students are paired with a Merrill Fellow to work up to eight hours a week as paid research apprentices on the faculty member's research. Merrill will be hosting a reception for student and faculty participants in the Merrill Undergraduate Research Mentorship Program combined with a short forum for the student participants to present their work. 

Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony

Wednesday, June 5
Merrill Cultural Center
(Invitation only)

Undergraduates who were elected to Phi Beta Kappa will be formally inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society at this event. Phi Beta Kappa is the nation's oldest honor society. This year’s ceremony will recognize inductees from the graduating classes of summer 2018, fall 2018, winter 2019, and spring 2019. Winners of the Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Scholarship will also be recognized. 


Art Department Graduation Celebration

Friday, June 7
3:00 pm
Elena Baskin Visual Arts Center Quad

Informal Graduation Celebration for UCSC Art Majors who are graduating in Spring 2019

American Night: The Ballad of Juan José

Friday, May 24 - Sunday, June 2 
(Ticketed event)
Times vary, please see show details 
Mainstage, UCSC Theater

In this wild satire, a Mexican immigrant has a dream while studying for his American citizenship exam. As Juan José feverishly studies for his citizenship exam, his obsession to pass takes him on a fantastical odyssey through U.S. history guided by a handful of unsung citizens who made courageous choices in some of the country’s toughest times. American Night: The Ballad of Juan José is a provocative, irreverent, and hilarious mix of past and present, stereotype and truth.

UCSC Games Showcase

Saturday, June 8
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sunday, June 9
11:00 am -5:00 pm
Digital Arts Research Center

Check out the future of games in one of the largest student game festivals in the country! The UCSC Games Showcase celebrates undergraduate and graduate game design from the 2018-19 academic year, highlighting games from the senior class's year-long capstone projects. It features video games, tabletop games, and research talks. Come and play our student games! This event is family friendly and open to all.

Presented by Games and Playable Media, Digital Arts and New Media, Computational Media, and the Center for Games and Playable Media at UCSC. 

Friends, family, and the general public are all welcome!

Spring 2019 Open Studios

Friday, June 7 
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
The event is free and open to the public

UC Santa Cruz Elena Baskin Visual Arts Center

The UC Santa Cruz Art Department transforms during its Spring Open Studios event into an explosion of shapes, colors, and meanings when students exhibit their work. Always impressive, this display of drawing, painting, print media, sculpture, intermedia, photography and electronic art is a free event. If you have ever wondered what UC Santa Cruz art students do, this is your chance to come see for yourself! Art Department Open Studios runs in conjunction with the Digital Arts and New Media (DANM) Open Studios, so be sure to continue down to the Digital Arts Research Center (DARC) to see the DANM displays. Spring Open Studios especially shines as students show the best of their work from the entire year.

Spring 2019 Print Sale

Friday, June 7  - Sat, June 8
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
The event is free and open to the public

UC Santa Cruz Elena Baskin Visual Arts Printmaking Studio, Room G-101

This annual event attracts people from all over campus and the greater Monterey Bay community. Print Media students get to sell their original artwork and the community gets to support budding artists while collecting beautiful art. Now that’s a win-win opportunity! Hundreds of original etchings, lithographs, woodcuts, 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 & CHECKS ONLY (sorry, no credit cards). Parking is available at the performing arts parking lot using the self-service kiosks or you can get a day permit at the entrance to campus. On Friday parking attendants will be selling parking permits at the performing arts parking lot.


Celebrating the Humanities: Spring Awards

Wednesday, June 5
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cowell Ranch Hay Barn

Humanities Division’s awards acknowledge students who have achieved special recognition, distinctions, and honors over the course of this last year. Programming includes a poster presentation by the recipients of The Humanities Institute Undergraduate Research Fellows and remarks by student scholarship recipients. Refreshments will be served.

Linguistics Undergraduate Research Conference

Friday, May 31
1:00 pm - 3:45 pm
Stevenson Fireside Lounge (map)

Towards the end of the spring quarter each year, the Linguistics Undergraduate Research Conference (LURC) showcases the research of the department's undergraduate students. This conference always features an invited speaker, a distinguished alumnus or alumna of the department.


Deans' & Chancellor's Award Winner Luncheon

Wednesday, June 5
12:00 pm
(Invitation only)

This event recognizes the top 10 undergraduate senior theses/research projects from the Jack Baskin School of Engineering Division. All 10 of these projects will be awarded the Dean's award. In addition, the top three projects will have recieved the Chancellor's award.

22nd Annual Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium

Thursday, June 6
2:00 pm
Jack Baskin Engineering Courtyard

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


Environmental Studies Poster Symposium

Monday, June 3
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Norris Center for Natural History

Interested in viewing cool projects ENVS students have been doing this year? Join us for the 2019 ENVS Poster Symposium! Monday, June 3, in the Norris Center for Natural History, NS2 239. All students and faculty are invited to attend. Students will display posters summarizing their research/projects and will be available for questions. Free food and drinks!

Natural History Art Student Exhibit

Monday, June 3
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Norris Center for Natural History

A display of student artwork that features scientific illustration using a variety of art styles. The works displayed were created by the ENVS 18 students in NS2 229. All are welcome to this free exhibit sponsored by the Norris Center for Natural History. 

Politics Year End Reception

Friday, June 7 
2:00 pm
(Invitation only)

One Politics senior and one Legal Studies senior will be nominated by the Politics department and Legal Studies program to serve as student speakers for our Department-Program Year End Celebration. On tradition, nominees have exemplified high academic achievement recognized by our department.

Sociology Undergraduate Research Symposium

Wednesday, June 5
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Rachel Carson Red Room

This event will feature Sociology students who have conducted exceptional research projects throughout their undergraduate career at UCSC, and especially leading up to graduation. If you are considering getting involved in research or are planning on doing a senior thesis, this is a great opportunity to learn more about undergraduate research and start thinking about your own research ideas. Refreshments will be provided at this fun, informative and Sociology-filled event. Please join us to learn all about the fascinating research being done by our undergraduates!

If you have questions about Student Achievement Week, please email the Undergraduate Honors Coordinator: