PBSci Distinguished Alumni Award

This prestigious award honors graduates of the division who have gone on to extraordinary accomplishments in diverse fields. Two awards are presented annually—one for a former graduate student and one for a former undergraduate student—whose career is characterized by sustained and exemplary contributions to society through research, practice, education, policy, or service. The award winners bring enduring honor to their alma mater as practitioners and as citizens.

Awardees are selected from nominations by alumni, staff, and faculty (including emeriti) in the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences.

Nomination form

Nominations for 2019 are closed now; watch for the announcement of the new awardees before Alumni Weekend 2019.

Our alumni make us proud of their efforts and achievements in the public and private realms—in industry, research, technology, and education. Many of the division’s former students have built on their UC Santa Cruz educational experience to implement their ideals and achieve their goals. Many have distinguished themselves through their work for environmental sustainability, science journalism, and scientific research, or as leaders in industry, technology, or other fields. Some have taken paths that could have not been predicted by their academic studies, but which have led to notable achievements.


PBSci Distinguished Alumni Awardees for 2018

Undergraduate Alumna: Susanne Hering

Graduate Alumnus: Thomas R. Webb

Read about them