Student Achievement Week

June 2 - June 9 2023

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 Art exhibitions, Theater productions, graduation ceremonies, and undergraduate research celebrations.


Global Learning Alumni Recognition Dinner

Monday, May 15
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
(Invitation only)

Attention all Global Learning alumni that studied abroad/away this past year.

Join us for a special celebration in recognition of your time abroad/away! The purpose of the dinner is to celebrate students who have studied abroad or away and create a space for reflection, connection, and storytelling! We will offer a fully catered Mexican dinner and give you your global learning completion certificates.

Merrill Undergraduate Research Mentorship Spotlight

Wednesday, May 31
4:00 pm - 5:30 PM
(Invitation only)

Merrill College sponsors a Merrill Undergraduate Research Mentorship Program for Merrill juniors and seniors. Students are paired with a Merrill Fellow to work up to 70 hours throughout the winter and spring quarters as paid research apprentices on the faculty member's research.

The purpose of the program is to inspire and prepare Merrill students to pursue graduate studies upon graduation from UCSC. It is designed to provide research experience and personal and professional development for Merrill juniors and seniors. Merrill Fellows nominate a student whose work they are familiar with and whose interests are similar to their own area of research and expertise. As part of their mentorship, students will be employed as Research Assistants up to a maximum of $1050 for the school year. 

College Nine & John R. Lewis College: Student Leader Recognition Ceremony

Wednesday, May 31
7:00 PM
(Invitation only)

This casual celebration of our student leaders and the achievements of our C9/JRLC community will consist of food, gifts, music, honoring our graduates and leaders, and more!

Koret Undergraduate Research Slam

Friday, June 2
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
McHenry Library

This poster symposium event showcases the over 50 research and creative projects completed by the 2022-2023 Koret Scholars.The Koret Scholars Program is funded by a generous grant from the Koret Foundation and provides scholarships to undergraduate students for a variety of research projects and experiences from every division across campus. The public is welcome to attend the event.

Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony

Tuesday, June 6
3:30 - 5:00 PM 
(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 2022, fall 2022, winter 2023, and spring 2023. Winners of the Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Scholarship will also be recognized. 

Chancellor's and Steck Family Awards Luncheon

Thursday, June 8
In-Person Event
(Invitation only)

Three outstanding undergraduate theses/projects from each of the five divisions (15 total) are chosen annually to receive a $500 Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Award. One of these 15 undergraduate research projects will receive the $2,000 Steck Family Award which recognizes the top research project at UC Santa Cruz for 2022-2023. 

Lavender Graduation

Saturday, June 10
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Cowell Ranch HayBarn

The Lionel Cantú Queer Resource Center invites you to participate in the 2023 in-person Lavender Graduation for LGBTQIA+ Slugs! Every year we are committed to honoring graduating students and celebrating the fact that y'all have made it! We welcome all graduating students, both undergraduate and graduate, to register to participate. This celebration centers of students and each year we feature a graduating student to be our graduation speaker.



Arts Awards Ceremony

Tuesday, June 6
12 noon
(Invitation only)

Every year, students in the Arts division are recognized for their academic achievements. This event recognizes all of the Arts students whose work was awarded.  


Spring Print Sale and Open Studios

Friday & Saturday, June 9-10
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Art Department Room G-101
Open Studios: Friday, Jun 9 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Hundreds of original prints will be for sale in a variety of media at this two-day event, including: woodcuts, lithographs, etchings, photo-based prints, screen prints, & more! All proceeds benefit art students: 80% of proceeds go to the individual artists, 20% goes to support the Print Studio (and thereby back to printmaking students)! This once-a-year event presents an extraordinary opportunity for students to display and sell their work to the public. The event also offers an opportunity to see the exceptional quality of the printmaking program and facilities at UC Santa Cruz. The event runs in conjunction with the Art Department's Spring Open Studios Audience advisories: • This event may include mature content and nudity. ADMISSION - Free and open to the public (Attend in person)

Art Department Graduation Ceremony

Friday, June 9
3:00 PM 

The Art Department will hold an informal graduation celebration on the day of Spring Open Studios Friday, June 9th, 2023 in the Art Department courtyard with some brief remarks from faculty, snacks, refreshments, and we will be giving out graduation cords to those who are graduating. This is NOT an official graduation ceremony. Your actual graduation ceremony is Commencement, so please check in with your college to find out when and where your official graduation commencement ceremony is. That is the one where you will be given your diploma, and wear the gown (and the cord we give you).

Music Department Graduation Celebration

Friday, June 9
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

This event will be honoring our Class of 2023 Music Students. All music students (undergraduate and graduate) planning to graduate in the Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall 2023 terms are welcome to RSVP and be celebrated. The ceremony and reception will be held in the Recital Hall. Use this link to RSVP for the celebration.


Celebrating the Humanities: Spring Awards Ceremony 2022-23

Thursday, June 1
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Cowell Provost House
RSVP to attend in person (audience focused on Humanities faculty, staff, students and their families)

Join us for this celebration of Humanities undergraduate student achievement with remarks from Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Lori Kletzer and Humanities Dean Jasmine Alinder. We will also be honoring the 2023 Humanities Distinguished Undergraduate Alumni Award Recipient Helen Tran (Rachel Carson ’04, American studies). Friends and Family are welcome. 

If you are unable to join us in person, the Spring Awards Ceremony will be live-streamed. Click here to join us virtually!

If you have any questions, please contact Sadie Lynn (

Feminist Studies Undergraduate Research Symposium

Friday, May 19
10 AM - 1 PM
Namaste Lounge

A first ever Feminist Studies (FMST) undergraduate research symposium! This event will showcase FMST research to the UC Santa Cruz community and is open to all.

2023 History Spring Showcase

Thursday, May 11
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM 
Merrill Cultural Center

The Undergraduate History Spring Showcase is an annual event held each spring that recognizes the exceptional research conducted by UC Santa Cruz History undergraduates.

Linguistics Undergraduate Research Conference

Friday, June 2
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Stevenson Fireside Lounge

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 as an invited speaker, a distinguished alumnus or alumna of the department. 

Literature Department Annual Undergraduate Colloquium

Thursday, May 25
Humanitites I
(Hybrid event)

This hybrid in-person/remote event showcases and celebrates undergraduate academic work in the Literature Department. 

The Undergraduate Colloquium is open to the public; audience members include students, faculty, family, and community members. For students who may be considering graduate school, the Literature Undergraduate Colloquium is an excellent opportunity to publicly deliver a paper; it is an exciting event for all participants! Undergraduate students of any level may submit papers for the colloquium. Papers in all fields of literary inquiry, including creative writing, will be presented.


Baskin School of Engineering's Dean's & Chancellor's Award Ceremony

Tuesday, June 6
12 noon - 2:00 PM
(Invitation only)

This invitation-only event will honor student recipients of the 2023 Deans' and Chancellor's Award. The Dean of the School of Engineering will be handing out awrds followed by a reception. 

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium

Friday, June 9
10:00 AM 
Coastal Biology Building

EEB students will present their research during a poster session held in the CBB courtyard. This will be followed by lightning talks in CBB 110. Light refreshments will be served.


Building Belonging Student Showcase 2023

Wednesday, May 17
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Cultural Center at Merrill

The Institute for Social Transformation is excited to host an end-of-year celebration and student showcase event to honor the work that has been accomplished in the Building Belonging program. Students who have been involved in the program in 2022-2023 will present their contributions to research projects. The event will take place in person, at the UCSC Cultural Center at Merrill.

This event will provide Building Belonging Fellows an opportunity to share their research with the community. All are welcome to attend including students, faculty, staff, family and friends. Following the talks, there will be a reception with light refreshments.

Sponsored by: The Institute for Social Transformation and the Division of Social Sciences.

RSVP here

Environmental Studies Undergraduate Senior Poster Symposium

Monday, June 5
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
(All are Welcome)

Check out what the Environmental Studies students have been up to in their senior theses, senior internships, and senior seminar projects!

Latin American and Latino Studies Research Symposium

Wednesday, June 7
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Charles E. Merrill Lounge

The LALS Research Symposium will showcase research projects by current undergraduate and graduate students in LALS. Moderated by LALS Professor Jeff Erbig, with a welcome from LALS Chair Catherine Ramírez. This event will be held from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., with reception to follow. Charles E. Merrill Lounge.

Latin American and Latino Studies End of Year Celebration

Friday, June 9
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
(Invitation only)

LALS graduates are invited to join LALS faculty, staff, and graduate students at this celebratory end-of-year event. Cowell Provost House, 4:00pm - 6:00pm.

Social Sciences Student Awards Luncheon

Friday, June 2
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
(Invitation only)

This event will honor student recipients of the Division of Social Sciences 2023 awards/scholarships, including the Deans' award recipients. The event is invitation only, for awardees and up to two guests.

Sociology Graduation Ceremony

Friday, June 9
2:00 PM
(Invitation only)

The Sociology Department will be hosting an in-person celebration for sociology majors who graduated or are graduating between Fall 2022-Fall 2023. The event will include a program, refreshments, swag, and the announcement of Sociology Department awards. Sociology faculty, staff, grad students, and students will be in attendance. We hope to see you then sociology seniors!


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