Honoring Student Excellence in Science

Graduates and undergraduates earned top honors for impressive research and academic work, each received resources to support their paths toward new discoveries.

June 15, 2018

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2017-2018 Awards

“I congratulate our recent award recipients for their amazing and inspiring accomplishments. It is delightful to read about their work. The awards will help the students continue their scientific endeavors and become tomorrow's leaders.”

Dave Belanger
Acting Dean, Physical & Biological Sciences


2017-2018 Undergraduate Awards


Arctic Field Science Scholarships

Funded by Julie Packard and the Dean’s Fund for Diversity, the scholarship provides financial support for science students from underrepresented groups to participate in transformative field research experiences. This year’s recipients will participate in a 17-day Arctic field science expedition from the Yukon to Inuvik, Canada.

  • Anthony Aceves, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Shelby Dunn, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Ellie Miller, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

The Doug Drexler Chemistry Scholarship

Dr. and Mrs. Jerome Drexler established this scholarship as a memorial for their son, who graduated with a degree in chemistry. It is designed to recognize outstanding UCSC chemistry and biochemistry undergraduates. The scholarships are given to upper-division undergraduates who demonstrate academic achievement in chemistry. This year’s recipient(s):

  • Amanda Brewer, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Quinn Edmonson, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Enrique Moya, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Michael Scroggins, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Gavin Smith, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Aidan Tousley, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Ellen Renard Memorial Scholarship

In 1988, Mr. Henry Renard established the fund in memory of his daughter Ellen. The scholarship is designed to recognize outstanding chemistry undergraduate students. The awardee receives funding for four consecutive years, as long as the student's academic progress remains excellent. This year’s recipient(s):

  • Sara Highducheck, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Friends of Seymour Marine Discovery Center Student Research and Education Award

These awards encourage research and education projects in the marine sciences. For student research in marine sciences, all geographic areas of study are considered. For marine science education, projects must be affiliated with the public education program at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center. Awards are made to both undergraduate students and graduate students. This year’s recipient(s):

  • Citlalli Aquino, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Catherine Manea, Astronomy and Astrophysics

Gordon Smith Memorial Scholarship

Provides a scholarship for an undergraduate student who is an intended or declared marine science major. Preference will be given to applicants demonstrating financial need. The recipient will be chosen by an ad-hoc committee of Physical and Biological Sciences faculty and/or staff. This year’s recipient(s):

  • Kristina Akesson, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Citlalli Aquino, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Sandra Evangelista, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Draven Hawk, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Savannah Mangold, Earth and Planetary Sciences

 

The Gunderson Family Student Research Award in Coastal Sustainability

This award supports undergraduate students engaging in coastal sustainability research at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

  • Sharon Mulready, Earth and Planetary Sciences

Kathryn D. Sullivan Award in Earth and Marine Sciences

A merit-based award that encourages students pursuing degrees in disciplines related to Earth and marine sciences to gain real-world experience that builds scientific knowledge while shaping a broad understanding of environmental stewardship and policy issues. Among the ways the award recipients can use the funds are to participate in laboratory or field research or to attend conferences or engage in other professional development activities. This year’s recipient(s):

  • Draven Hawk, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Undergraduate Research in Science and Technology Award

The awards provide opportunities for undergraduates to conduct research in science or technology under the mentorship of a faculty member. Students can come from any division on campus, as long as their project employs the scientific method. These awards may support costs associated with conducting research and summer living expenses. This year’s recipient(s):

  • Kareem Bdeir, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology and Biochemistry
  • Emily Carreno, Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Thomas Dewey, Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Shiron Drunsinsky, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Marina Huang, Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Edward Kim, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Catherine Manea, Astrophysics
  • Alexis Muñoz, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Esther Muñoz, Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Raziq Noorai, Physics and Astrophysics
  • Nick Omahen, Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Zafar Rustamkulov, Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Connie Silva, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Radha Thakore, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Megan Torgrimson, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology and Biochemistry
  • Nitin Vidyasagar, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology and Literature
  • Carolin Wahl, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Robert Wilcox, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Joey Wong, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology and Biochemistry
  • Brian Young, Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology



2017-2018 Graduate Awards


David and Dana Loury Foundation Scholarship in Science Communication

Funded by the foundation established by the parents of science communicator Erin Loury, class of 2012, this scholarship supports tuition costs for one or more students each year who are committed to careers in popular science education and public understanding of key societal issues in science, health, technology and the environment. This year’s recipient(s):

  • Annie Roth, Science Communication
  • Vicky Stein, Science Communication

 

Dissertation Year Chancellor’s Fellowship Awards

These fellowships are based on academic merits of the nominee. All PhD students regardless of citizenship are eligible for this fellowship. The nominee must be in a position to complete the dissertation by the end of the 2018-2019 academic year. This year’s recipient(s):

  • Kim Bitterwolf, Ocean Sciences
  • Kate Cary, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Sean Gasiorek, Mathematics
  • Chris Law, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Cameron MacKeen, Physics
  • Yi Peng, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Michelle Tjia, Molecular, Cell and Developmental biology

 

Dissertation Year President's Fellowship Awards

The award is a UC-systemwide program. Presidential DYF fellowships are based on both academic merit and diversity criteria: the academic achievement of the nominee, the potential for success in academia, and the extent the nominee contributes to the diversity among doctoral degree recipients in the division. This year’s recipient(s):

  • Caileen Brison, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Kyle Broach, Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Tiffany Hsyu, Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Christoph Lee, Physics
  • Sarah White, Earth and Planetary Sciences

 

Hardman Awards for Native Plant Research

The Hardman Native Plant Award is open to all graduate students in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Environment Studies. In developing the award, the Hardman Foundation recognized the importance of all botanists who identify with and support conservation biology. Therefore, the award is not restricted to any particular botanical discipline; however, research projects studying California native plants take precedence. The award may be used to support research expenses. This year’s recipient(s):

  • Karen Tanner, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

 

Heising-Simons Foundation Graduate Fellowship in Science Communication

The Heising-Simons Foundation of Los Altos, California, has funded three annual fellowships to support graduate training in science journalism and public outreach for outstanding former scientists and science students. This year’s recipient(s):

  • Jennifer Leman, Science Communication
  • Kimber Price, Science Communication
  • Jeremy Rehm, Science Communication

 

Jean H. Langenheim Graduate Fellowship

The Jean H. Langenheim Graduate Fellowship in Plant Ecology and Evolution is a merit-based award open to graduate students studying the ecology and evolution of plants at the individual, population, or community levels. The award is for students working in either natural or agricultural terrestrial ecosystems, addressing questions concerning either natural processes or human-plant interactions, and focusing on either modern or paleobotanical topics. This year’s recipient(s):

  • Nora Rossana Miguina Conde, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Karen Tanner, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Mia Waters, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

 

John and Grace Wang Award in Physical Chemistry

The Wang award recognizes a graduate student who has shown excellent progress in both research and scholarship in physical or biophysical chemistry. This year’s recipient(s):

  • Bingzhang Lu, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Bin Yao, Chemistry and Biochemistry

 

Ken and Gloria Levy Fellow in Astronomy and Astrophysics

The Ken and Gloria Levy Fellowship in Astronomy and Astrophysics provides one graduate student  in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics full support for 5 years, including research salary and benefits during the academic year and summer, tuition and fees, and a research and travel allowance. This year’s recipient(s):

  • Enia Xhakaj, Physics

 

Osterbrock Leadership Associates

Osterbrock Leadership Associates are graduate students in astronomy and astrophysics who have received project-based awards, either individually or in teams, for the purpose of gaining hands-on leadership experience intended to benefit the university. This is part of the Osterbrock Leadership program, supported by the Donald and Irene Osterbrock Award Fund in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics. The program offers leadership lectures, workshops, field trips, and other opportunities available to all interested graduate students in the department. This year’s recipient(s):

  • Felipe Ardila, Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Kevin McKinnon, Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Brittany Miles, Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Diana Powell, Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Amanda Quirk, Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Alexa Villaume, Astronomy and Astrophysics

 

Postdoctoral Conference Travel Fund

This fund provides conference travel opportunities to postdocs in biological or biomedical science in the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences. This year’s recipient(s):

  • Katlin Bowman, Ocean Sciences

 

Rebecca and Steve Sooy Graduate Fellowship in Marine Mammals

The Rebecca and Steve Sooy Graduate Fellowship in Marine Mammals is open to any graduate student studying marine mammals at UCSC, with primary consideration given to students investigating the northern elephant seal. This year’s recipient(s):

  • Kathryn Beheshti, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Jessica Kendall-Bar, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Christopher Law, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

 

Roche Molecular Diagnostics Graduate Scholarship in Science Communication

Roche Molecular Diagnostics, a healthcare research corporation based in Pleasanton, California, provides funding to help support tuition costs for one graduate student each year. Preference is given to students at the master's or Ph.D. levels who express an interest in writing about research in healthcare, genetics, and/or medical technology. This year’s recipient(s):

  • Nicoletta Lanese, Science Communication

 

Wilton W. Webster Graduate Fellowship for Exceptional Mentoring in Field Biology

This year’s recipient(s):

  • Tina Cheng, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Mariana Salas, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Melissa Vergara, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

 

Wolverton Family Scholarship: Science Communication Program

Funded by Van and Jeanne Wolverton, longtime friends of the Science Communication Program, this award supports one student annually to foster a new career in science and environment writing for the general public. This year’s recipient(s):

  • Jennifer Leman, Science Communication

 


2017-2018 Research Team Awards


Future Leaders in Coastal Science Award

This program supports graduate and undergraduate student research on the coastal zone (both land and sea), including studies of natural and human-impacted systems. Supervised by a faculty member or researcher, each team will be led by a graduate student who will mentor two undergraduate students working on the project. The selected teams must tackle important problems, and their work must be well planned and integrated across the team members, with a clear explanation of what each member brings to the project. This year’s recipient(s):

Ingrid Parker, Mentor

  • Karen Tanner, graduate student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Martin Genova, undergraduate student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Joanna Le Tran, undergraduate student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Adina Paytan, Mentor

  • Christina Richardson, graduate student in Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Carolyn Brady, undergraduate student in Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Kaylee Glenney, undergraduate student in Earth and Planetary Sciences

Matthew McCarthy, Mentor

  • Natasha Vokhshoori, graduate student in Ocean Sciences
  • Alexander Bailes, undergraduate student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Laurel Teague, undergraduate student in Earth and Planetary Sciences

 

Kathryn D. Sullivan Research Impact Award in Earth and Marine Sciences

A merit-based award that encourages a group of undergraduates who are mentored by a graduate student pursuing degrees in disciplines related to Earth and marine sciences to gain real-world experience that builds scientific knowledge while shaping a broad understanding of environmental stewardship and policy issues. Among the ways the award recipients can use the funds are to participate in laboratory or field research or to attend conferences or engage in other professional development activities. This year’s recipient(s):

  • Schulyer Smith, graduate student in Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Kyle Bergerson, undergraduate student in Earth and Planetary Sciences

 


 

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