Student Achievement Week

Student Achievement Week 2018

June 4 - June 8, 2018

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.




Date/Time/Location TBD

Chautauqua is the Theater Arts Department's long-running annual festival of performance by UCSC students.

Parking is free in the Barn Lot, Mon-Fri after 5:00pm and on weekends
Tickets are only sold night-of at the theater ($3–$5; cash or Venmo)

Sammy Showcase

Saturday, June 9th
12:00 pm-7:00 pm
UCSC Silicon Valley Campus in Santa Clara, California, at 3175 Bowers Avenue

Over the past nine months, students from the UCSC Game Design BA, BS and MS programs have been working diligently on their capstone projects. This event marks the first time playable builds of every team’s game will be shown to the general public! In addition, a panel of industry professionals and alumni will be judging each game based on technical and artistic achievement, with the winners taking home a coveted Sammy Award. This year the showcase will also include research presentations from games PhD and Masters students.

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

Film and Digital Media Student Showcase

Monday, June 4
6:00 pm

Presenting a variety of student projects from the past year that feature critical studies, digital media, animation, screewriting and (of course) film!

Spring Open Studios

Date/Time/Location TBD

Spring Open Studios 2017 features student art work in a variety of media including: drawing, painting, print media, sculpture, intermedia, photography and electronic art. Come to the UCSC Art Department on Friday June 9th, 2017 to see the Art students' artworks! This event is free and open to the public. There is a $4 fee to park in the performing arts parking lot.

The Name of This Dance Changes Everyday

Friday, May 25 to Sunday, June 3
(ticketed event)
Times vary, please see show details here
Mainstage, UCSC Theater

In collaboration with UCSC dance students, choreographer Cid Pearlman will create an interdisciplinary performance informed by Maggie Nelson's book-length poem Bluets. Pearlman and dancers will use Nelson's queer, feminist and multilayered text to create a performance that intertwines phoilosophy, poetics and memoir in a rigorous and intensely personal aesthetic. 

UCSC's 44th Annual Student Print Sale 

Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9th
10:00 am to 6:00 pm (both days)
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 ($2.25 per hour with a 2 hour limit) or you can get a day permit at the entrance to campus for $9. Friday parking attendants will be selling parking permits at the performing arts parking lot and Saturday parking is available using the self service kiosks.


Annual Undergraduate History Showcase

Thursday, May 10
2:00 pm-4:30 pm
Stevenson Fireside Lounge

2018 History Alumna Keynote Speaker: Joe Gabent, elementary school teacher and history alumnus.

The Undergraduate History Showcase is an annual event held each spring that recognizes the exceptional research conducted by UC Santa Cruz history undergraduates. In addition, a history alumnus delivers a keynote address in which they expound on the valuable career skills they acquired by majoring in history. Attend all or parts of the showcase as your schedule permits. Light refreshments to be provided.  

Annual Literature Undergraduate Colloquium

Date/Time/Location TBD

The Nineteenth Annual Literature Undergraduate Colloquium is a day-long event showcasing and celebrating undergraduate academic work in the Literature Department. Students present their work--creative and analytical--to an audience including other students, faculty, family, and community members. The Literature Undergraduate Colloquium is an exciting event for all participants!

Linguistics Undergraduate Research Conference

Friday, June 8
1:00 pm to 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.

Celebrating the Humanities: Spring Awards

Friday, June 8
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Cowell Provost House

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, remarks by student scholarship recipients, and refreshments on the lawn.

Feminist Studies End-of-Year Senior Celebration

Date/Time/Location TBD

Presentations by graduating FMST students with a reception to follow in the Humanities courtyard. Open to FMST students.


21st Annual Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium

Thurday, June 7
2:00 pm-4:00 pm
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

Date/Time/Location TBD
(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 7.


Sociology End-of-Year Celebration

Friday, June 8
2:00 PM
(by invitation)

The Sociology Department will be holding a graduation and end-of-year celebration for our undergraduates. We will be recognizing sociology student achievements this past year, students who completed significant projects such as a senior thesis, passing out honors cords, and enjoying refreshments. An email invitation will be sent out to students by mid-May. Please contact us if you have not received your invitation (

Natural History Art Student Exhibit

Date/Time/Location TBD

A display of student art work that features scientific illustration using a variety of art styles. The works will be displayed over one week in the window galleries outside the Baskin Visual Arts courtyard. All are welcome to this free exhibit sponsored by the Norris Center for Natural History. There is a fee to park in the performing arts parking lot.

2018 Environmental Studies Senior Poster Symposium

Date/Time TBD
Norris Center for Natural History

Interested in viewing cool projects ENVS students have been doing this year? Join us for the 2018 ENVS Senior Poster Symposium! Monday June 5th, in the Norris Center for Natural History, NS2 229 & NS2 233. 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!


Merrill Undergraduate Research Mentorship Program

Thursday, May 24
(by invitation)

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. 

Oakes College Senior Showcase

Date/Time/Location TBD

The Senior Showcase will celebrate Oakes students who have completed or are in the process of completing a senior thesis or project in order to celebrate their academic accomplishments. This event will allow Oakes students to present their work to the Oakes community, share with other students what they have learned, and inspire other Oakes students to pursue a thesis or project. Priority will be given to theses/projects that encompass Oakes core values of social justice and diversity.

Chancellor's Undergraduate Internship Program Poster Session



Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony

Tuesday, June 5
Kresge Town Hall
(by invitation only)

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 2017, fall 2017, winter 2018, and spring 2018.  Winners of the Phi Beta Kappa Graduate Scholarship will also be recognized.

Chancellor's and Steck Awards Presentation

Thursday, June 8
Merrill Cultural Center
(by 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.

Koret Scholars Undergraduate Research Slam

Friday, June 8 
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!

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