Student Achievement Week 2024

Friday, May 31 - Friday, June 7, 2024

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, and Undergraduate Research celebrations.


Chancellor's and Steck Family Awards Luncheon

Monday, June 3
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 2023-2024. 

Chicanx Latinx Celebration

Monday, June 17
1:00 PM
East Upper Field
(Ticketed event)

For decades, the El Centro has been hosting the annual Chicanx Latinx Year-End Ceremony (CLYEC). This year's CLYEC will be hosted in person on Monday, June 17, 2024 at 1:00pm on the East Upper Field. 2024 will mark the 52nd anniversary of our Chicanx Latinx Year End Ceremony–a celebration for all graduating students, undergraduate and graduate, and their families. CLYEC is a community celebration for students who self-identify with the Chicane and Latine communities on campus and is organized by the El Centro. During the bilingual ceremony, there are danzantes, live musical performances, and powerful keynote speakers.

DSAS Student Employment Excellence Awards

Thursday, May 23
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Stevenson Event Center

Celebrate Excellence with Us!
Join us in recognizing student achievement at our upcoming DSAS Student Employee Excellence Awards & Year End Event. We will be honoring 15 exceptional student employees across 5 Distinct Excellence Awards, and conclude the night with an interactive carnival including a catered menu, photo booth, caricature artists, and carnival games! All DSAS student employees and nominators are welcome and highly encouraged to attend. RSVP now for the event and consider supporting student's participation at this event as part of their working hours. 
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Thursday, May 23
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Digital Scholarship Commons on the ground floor of McHenry Library

The University Library Center for Digital Scholarship is pleased to invite all UCSC students engaged in creative, critical research using digital tools and platforms to submit proposals for the 2024 Digital Scholarship Symposium. Applicants can propose to present a project in the digital project showcase and/or deliver a brief VizWall presentation (see below for information about presentation sessions).

Global Learning Alumni Recognition Dinner

Wednesday, May 8
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Namaste Lounge

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.

Koret Undergraduate Research Slam

Friday, June 7
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Virtual Event

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. 

LSS End of Year Tutor Appreciation Event

Friday, May 17
1:00 - 5:00 PM 
(Invitation only)

This is LSS's end of year celebration for our student staff, including tutors, mentors, student assistants, and peer coaches! We specifically appreciate our outstanding student employees and congratulate our graduating students.

Pan-African Research Fellowship Spring Symposium

Friday, May 31
12:00 PM 
(Registration required)

The Office for African, Black, and Caribbean Student Success is excited to invite you to join us at our inaugural Pan-African Research Fellowship Symposium. We invite you to participate in enriching conversations with the fellows and learn more about the projects they contributed to this academic year. Following this, we invite you to attend our Formal Research Presentations which will be hosted at 3 PM in the Namaste Lounge. Each fellow will share an in-depth presentation of their work for an audience of students, staff, faculty, and community members.

The entire event is free and open to the public, however, seating is limited so please register in advance here: 

Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony

Thursday, 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 2023, fall 2023, winter 2024, and spring 2024.

Lavender Graduation

Sunday, June 2
3:00 - 5:00 PM 
Cowell Ranch Hay Barn

The Lionel Cantú Queer Resource Center invites you to participate in the 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! This celebration centers of students and each year we feature a graduating student to be our graduation speaker.

MOCHA Blazer Night 2024

Friday, May 31
5:00 - 8:00 PM 
Cowell Provost House

We are bringing back a MOCHA tradition of gifting our first-year participants a blazer for their commitment to MOCHA throughout the academic year. This will also be a networking opportunity for them to meet with Black male faculty and staff while engaging in a conversation about navigating various professional industries as Black men.



Spring Open Studios

Friday, June 7
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM 
Elena Baskin Visual Arts Studio

Open Studios features student art work in a variety of media including: drawing, painting, print media, sculpture, intermedia, photography, environmental art, and electronic art. Come to the UCSC Art Department located in the Elena Baskin Visual Arts Studios on Friday June 7, 2024 from 12pm - 4pm to see the Art students' artworks exhibited throughout the studios and classrooms. ADMISSION - Free and open to the public (Attend in person)



Celebrating the Humanities: Spring Awards Ceremony 2024

Thursday, June 6
4:00 - 7:00 PM 
(Invitation only)

Join us for this celebration of Humanities undergraduate student achievement. Friends and Family are welcome. 

Employing Humanities Celebration

Thursday, May 23
6:00 PM 
(Invitation only)

A reception hosted to celebrate the accomplishments of Humanities Interns, Public Fellows, and Undergraduate Researchers who participated in experiential learning during the inaugural year of Employing Humanities.

History Undergraduate Spring Showcase

Thursday, May 9
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 
Humanities 1 Room 210

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 7
2:30 PM - 5:30 PM 
London Nelson Center, Multipurpose Room 3

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. This year, the Distinguished Alumnus speaker will be Kirby Conrod, who is an Assistant Professor at Swarthmore College.


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

Thursday, May 30
12:00 - 2 PM 
Baskin Auditorium Courtyard

This invitation-only event will honor student recipients of the 2024 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 (EEB) Undergraduate Research Symposium

Friday, June 7
9:00 AM 
Coastal Biology Building

The EEB Undergraduate Research Symposium is an end-of-the-year event that celebrates the accomplishments of EEB's undergraduate students and explores the diversity of research they have been involved in.

MESA Senior Celebration

Saturday, June 1
(Invitation only)

This invitation-only event will honor MESA Engineering students of 2024.

Partner's Day and Senior Design Showcasem

Friday, June 7
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Baskin Engineering Courtyard
(RSVP Here)

Come experience the impactful and innovative work completed by our graduating seniors in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Robotics Engineering. You will have the opportunity to discuss each project directly with the students involved, and see 30+ posters on the wide variety of capstone projects our students have undertaken. Among them are our corporate sponsored projects, wherein teams collaborated with corporate sponsors to solve real-world problems for the companies involved.


Building Belonging Student Showcase 2024

Thursday, May 23
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
(RSVP here)

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 2023-2024 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.

Environmental Studies Undergraduate Senior Poster Symposium

Monday, June 3
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Norris Center for Natural History, Natural Sciences 2 room 239 

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 End of Year Celebration

Friday, June 7
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM 
Merrill Cultural Center

LALS undergraduates are invited to join LALS faculty, staff, and graduate students at this celebratory end-of-year event.

Latin American and Latino Studies Research Symposium

Wednesday, June 5
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.

Politics & Legal Studies Year-End Celebration

Friday, June 14
3:00 PM
(Invitation only)

Join us for the Politics and Legal Studies Year-End Celebration! Come join faculty, staff, graduating seniors, grads and their families for light snacks, graduation cupcakes and a cider toast. RSVP here.

Social Sciences Student Awards Lucheon

Friday, June 7
(Event canceled)

This event will honor student recipients of the Division of Social Sciences 2024 awards/scholarships, including the Deans' award recipients. The event is invitation only, for awardees and up to two guests. 

Sociology Graduation Celebration

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

Join us for the 2024 Sociology Department end of year celebration for graduating students. 


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