Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

The 2018-19 nomination deadline is Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Nominations MUST be submitted via email to urca@ltsc.ucsb.edu.

About the Award

The Chancellor’s Award in Undergraduate Research recognizes four distinguished undergraduate researchers each year. One recipient comes from departments within each of four broad disciplinary divisions: science, social sciences, engineering and humanities and fine arts. The award is intended to honor exceptional undergraduate contributions to knowledge creation in the field or discipline in which the research was conducted. Contributions may come from work produced by students no earlier than the third (junior) year.

 Student Nominations

Submissions may be conventional academic papers or creative activities such as performances, scripts, or works of art. If the submission takes the form of a 3-D object (such as an art work), the nominee should submit multiple images of the object and be sure to describe (in the researcher statement) what the object is and its significance.

Students may self-nominate for the award, or may be nominated by faculty. Regardless of the source, the nomination must include the following:

1. Abstract (no more than 150 words)

2. A researcher statement written for a non-specialist audience (no more than 500 words/2 pages)

The researcher statement should:

  • Define the discipline where the research/creative activity was created
  • Describe the contribution that the research/creative activity makes to those central concerns
  • Explain the roles that mentors and/or collaborators have played in the development of the research

3. One letter of support from a faculty mentor. The letters should be no more than 500 words and should speak to the substance of the project and the relevance of the research for the student. All materials should be submitted in electronic form (as PDFs, videos, photographs, or other) to urca@ltsc.ucsb.edu by Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

Review Process

Nominations will be vetted by a panel of UCSB faculty reviewers. Reviewers will use the following criteria to select distinguished award winners:

  • Significance of the undergraduate research/creative activity to the discipline
  • Effectiveness of the research process
  • Significance of the research/creative activity for the researcher’s academic, professional, or personal development

Each distinguished research award winner will be recognized at commencement and will receive a commemorative plaque and a $500 prize.

Chancellor's Faculty Award for Undergraduate Research Mentoring

The Chancellor’s Award for Undergraduate Research Mentoring recognizes one Senate or non-Senate UCSB faculty member each year for their outstanding work mentoring undergraduate researchers. The recipient is honored at the Academic Senate Award Ceremony and at commencement. The recipient also receives $500 in research or course development funding in recognition of their commitment.

Faculty may self-nominate, or may be nominated by colleagues. Nominations should include:

  1. A statement of no more than 500 words (2 pages) from the appropriate department chair or program director. The letter should include a description of the undergraduate research project(s) in which the nominee is involved.
     
  2. Two letters of support from undergraduate researchers with whom the nominee has worked. Each letter should include a description of the undergraduate research project(s) in which the nominee is involved.

Faculty Nomination Review Process

Nominations will be vetted by a panel of UCSB faculty reviewers. Reviewers will use the following criteria to select distinguished award winners:

  • Significance of the undergraduate research/creative activity to the discipline
  • Effectiveness of the research process
  • Significance of the research/creative activity for the researcher’s academic, professional, or personal development

Each distinguished research award winner will be recognized at commencement and will receive a commemorative plaque and a $500 prize.

Inquiries should be directed to the Undergraduate Programs Coordinator, 893-3090 or urca@Ltsc.ucsb.edu.

Past Recipients

1994
Norbert Reich, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
Magdalena Bezanilla, Physics Major, College of Creative Studies

1995
Denise Bielby, Professor, Department of Sociology
Arthur Sylvester, Professor, Department of Geological Sciences
Aaron Cohen, Physics and Mathematics Major, College of Creative Studies

1996
Daphne Bugental, Professor, Department of Psychology
Katherine Anderson, Anthropology Major, College of Letters and Science

1997
Benjamin Reese, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Laura Ho, Sociology Major, College of Letters and Science

1998
David Awshalom, Professor, Department of Physics
John Foran, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Diana Albay, Cell and Developmental Biology Major, College of Letters and Science

1999
Kathy Foltz, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Neil Arthur Morgan, Geological Science Major, College of Letters and Science

2000
Nicole Dubiel, Cell and Developmental Biology Major, College of Letters and Science
Eugene Kwok, Economics Major, College of Letters and Science

2001
James Blascovich, Professor, Department of Psychology
Ian K. Ross, Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology College of Letters and Science
Alison Edwards, Biopsychology Major, College of Letters and Science
Amy Stacy, Chemical Engineering Major, College of Engineering

2002
Barbara B. Prezelin, Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
Sarah MacKay, English and Dramatic Arts Major, College of Letters and Science

2003
Samir Mitragotri, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering
Shine Ling, Biology Major, College of Creative Studies

2004
Glenn Beltz, Professor, Department of Mechanical and Environmental Engineering
Kimberly Spears, Mathematics Major, College of Letters and Science

2005
Mary Bucholtz, Professor, Department of Linguistics
Christina Belanger, Biology Major, College of Creative Studies
Emilee Woods, Linguistics Major, College of Letters and Science

2006
Armand Kuris, Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
Kyle Anixter, English Major, College of Letters and Science
Jeffrey Danciger, Mathematics and Physics Major, College of Creative Studies
Amanda Mummert, Anthropology Major, College of Letters and Science

2007
Eduardo Orias, Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Kathryn Blaschke, Chemistry and Biochemistry Major, College of Creative Studies
Phillip Dawkins, Political Science Major, College of Letters and Science

2008
Richard Hecht, Professor, Department of Religious Studies
Luciana Gonzalez, Chicana/Chicano Studies and Sociology Major, College of Letters and Science
Amanda Gustafson, Religious Studies Major, College of Letters and Science
Kyle Jacoby, Biology Major, College of Creative Studies

2009
Dave Valentine, Professor, Department of Earth Science
Mackenzie Chapman, Linguistics Major, College of Letters and Science
Risa Katzen, History Major, College of Letters and Science
Tobias Mansuripur, Physics Major, College of Creative Studies

2010
Victor Rios, Professor, Department of Sociology
Mark Myslin, Linguistics Major, College of Letters and Science
Mackenzie Weinger, History Major, College of Letters and Science
Duc Trong Duong, Chemistry Major, College of Letters and Science

2011
Jennifer Earl, Professor, Department of Sociology
Mattias Fibiger, History, College of Letters and Science
Caitlin Fong, Biology Major, College of Creative Studies
Corie Radka, Environmental Studies and Zoology Major, College of Letters and Science

2012
Jeffrey Stopple, Professor, Department of Mathematics
Christopher Badger, Computer Science major, College of Engineering
Jessica Moore, Feminist Studies major, College of Letters and Science

2013
Alon Chapovetsky, Chemistry Major, College of Letters and Science

2014
Meredith Inman, History Major, College of Letters and Science
Elizabeth Levy, Chemistry and Biochemistry Major, College of Letters and Science

2015
Karen Szumlinski, Professor, Department of Psychology 
Daniel Chu, Biology Major, Creative Studies
Nathan Alamillo, Sociology Major, Letters and Science

2016
Catherine Enders, Psychology Major, Letters and Science
Charles Key, History Major, Letters and Science
Kuang Wei, Physics Major, Creative Studies

2017
Stuart Feinstein, Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Amanda Chen, Medieval Studies Major, Letters and Science
Daniel Spokoyny, Computing Major, Creative Studies

2018
Jeffrey Stewart, Professor, Department of Black Studies
Joseph Heide, Sociology Major, Letters & Science 
Colin Kim, Chemistry & Biochemistry Major, Creative Studies
Victoria Melgarejo, Linguistics Major, Letters & Science