Student Achievement Week

Student Achievement Week 2020

June 1 - June 5, 2020

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 


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 1
Virtual Event
(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


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


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

May - June
Ongoing recognition

More than 2,700 UC Santa Cruz first-generation students will be graduating this June. In fact, more than 36 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 2020 (including at the end of summer), please contact us at

Haven't signed up to be part of the First Generation Initiative community? You can join via the link on our homepage: Questions, please contact us at

Merrill College: Tea of Excellence

Thursday, June 4 
Virtual Event (Zoom meeting) 4:00 PM
(Invitation only)

Description Coming

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

Thursday, May 28 
Virtual Event (Zoom meeting) 4:00 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. 

Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony

Friday, June 5
Virtual Event (Zoom meeting)
(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 2019, fall 2019, winter 2020, and spring 2020. Winners of the Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Scholarship will also be recognized. 



Dean's and Chancellor's Awards Ceremony

Tudesday, June 2
11:00 AM
(Invitation only)

Every year, the top 10 senior theses/projects from students in the Arts division recieve the Dean's award. in addition, the top 3 Dean's award projects are then nominated for a Chancellor's award. This event recognizes the students whose research projects were choosen. This year the event is virtual.  

Eduardo Carrillo Scholarship Virtual Reception

Wednesday, June 3
12:00 PM
(Invitation only)

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 over 300 students.  

In celebration of Eduardo Carrillo's life, the 2020 scholarship recipients, and the importance of teaching art and fostering creativity, the Art Department would like to guide you to the Eduardo Carrillo Scholarship Virtual Group Show. A virtual reception for scholarship winners will be held by invitation only.

UCSC Games Showcase


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!

Virtual Senior Art Shows




Literature Department Second Annual Celebration of Graduating Seniors

Thursday, May 28
5:30 PM
Open to the Public

All are welcome to attend this virtual event! Zoom event link:

Celebrating the Humanities: Spring Awards 2019-20

Friday, June 5
4:00 PM
(Invitation Only)

Our annual celebration recognizes student academic achievement in the Humanities Division at UC Santa Cruz. The online program will include a special live message from Chancellor Larive congratulating our bright scholars. We will then share a pre-recorded video of award presentations and return to a live format to congratulate all of our scholars with a group toast.


EEB Undergraduate Research Symposium

Friday, June 5 (Zoom Webinar)
9:30 AM
(Invitation only)




Division Message to Deans' and Chancellor's Award Winners

Friday, June 5 (Video message)
3:00 PM

Dean Katharyne Mitchell will record a message for students that will be sent to all Social Sciences Division award recipients and to Social Sciences staff and faculty. The goal is to highlight the achievements of the Social Sciences awardees. This email will be sent in lieu of the Student Awards Lunch that SocSci generally holds in person at the end of May each year.

Environmental Studies Poster Symposium

Thursday, May 28 (Video Presentation)
Monday, June 1 (Presentation Discussions)
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Open to Public

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding our ENVS undergraduate research symposium this year virtually. Fifteen seniors will be making 3-5 min. videos about their senior projects. The videos will be available to watch beginning on Thursday, May 28, and then people will have an opportunity to discuss the projects with the students from 3-4 pm on Monday, June 1. On May 28, Karen Holl (via ENVS Advising) will send a list of links to each student's video and their Zoom link for discussions.

Natural History Art Student Exhibit

Virtual Exhibit: The Art of Nature
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

A display of natural history artwork that features scientific illustration using a variety of art styles, some work done by UCSC students. The student works displayed were created by Chelsea Kintz, Linnea Gullikson, Ashley Ersepke, and Erin Mau. All are welcome to this free exhibit sponsored by the Santa Cruz Museum for Natural History. 

Psychology Department Graduation Celebration

Friday, June 5
2:30 PM
(Invitation only)

The celebration will include remarks from Department Chair Phil Hammack, announcement of the Psychology Department Undergraduate Awards, and a video greeting from members of the Psychology Community to our graduating seniors. After the main celebration, at 3 PM, many of our faculty, lecturers, graduate students, and staff will be available in separate meet-and-greet Zoom rooms.

An email with the link to the RSVP form was sent to students who graduated Fall 2019 or Winter 2020, or who have applied to graduate Spring 2020 or Summer 2020. If you are graduating in one of these terms and didn't receive the RSVP link, you may email to request it.

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