Student Achievement Week includes many activities June 2-8

Annual week of celebration honors UCSC undergraduates

UCSC students will be recognized for their achievements in research and other scholarly activities during the campus's annual Student Achievement Week, scheduled to take place June 2 through 8 this year. Students will present their work publicly through a myriad of events — from the Annual Print Sale, art exhibitions, and theater productions to a popular sciences and engineering poster symposium.

Recipients of student awards

Recipients of 2011-2012 Dean's Awards and their faculty mentors will be celebrated and acknowledged in divisional events during Student Achievement Week.

Chancellor Blumenthal will host a private luncheon at the University House for the recipients of the Chancellor's Awards and their faculty mentors. The winner of the 2012 Steck Family Award will be named at the Chancellor's event.

See list of 2011-12 Dean's and Chancellor's Awards.

Here is a list of this year's Student Achievement Week events:



Irwin Scholars Exhibition: Featured artwork of Irwin Scholar recipients. Sesnon Gallery, Porter College. May 23-June 6. Opening reception May 23, 5:00-7:00 pm, awards ceremony 6 pm. 831-459-3606.

Open Studios: Spring 2012: Featuring student art work in a variety of media including: drawing, painting, print media, sculpture, intermedia, photography and electronic art. Baskin Visual Arts Studios/Digital Arts Research Center, Friday, June 8, 12:00-4:00 p.m.

38th Annual UCSC Student Print Sale: Baskin Visual Arts Center, Room G-101. Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9. 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. both days. Hundreds of original fine art prints will be for sale in a variety of media: woodcut, lithography, etching, digital printmaking and handmade books. An extraordinary display of artwork, and a great opportunity to see the professional quality of the printmaking program and facilities at UCSC. Proceeds benefit the individual student artists.


OPERA: Mark Adamo's "Little Women": UCSC's award-winning Opera Theatre presents a fully staged opera production featuring the UCSC Orchestra and top singers from UCSC's voice program. Directed by Brian Staufenbiel and music conducted by Nicole Paiement. UCSC Music Center Recital Hall. May 31-June 3. For information, call 831-459-2159 or


I Dream of Chang and Eng: I Dream of Chang and Eng follows the story of the original Siamese twins as they attempt to re-mount their successful European “freak-show” tour under the watchful eye of circus impresario P.T. Barnum. From this perspective, the twins look back on their life together – a childhood in Siam (Thailand), a long voyage across the ocean, life on a plantation in America – and their search for meaning in a life spent center stage. Featuring puppetry, a greek chorus, and freak-show trickery, I Dream of Chang and Eng spans three continents and several decades in a sweeping, surrealistic journey of discovery. Directed by Gina Mari Hayes. UCSC Mainstage Theater. May 25-27 and May 31-June 3. 7:00 p.m. (Sundays at 3:00 pm). For information, call 831-459-2159, or

Chautauqua Festival of Student Theater: The annual festival of student theater takes over the Second Stage for two weeks this spring. Second Stage, Theater Arts Center. May 25-27 and June 1-3. 7:00 p.m. (Sundays at 3:00 p.m.) Free seating is first-come, first-served.


Linguistics Undergraduate Research Conference (LURC): Undergraduate students in Linguistics will present their research. Stevenson Fireside Lounge. Friday, June 8, 1:00-5:00 p.m.


15th Annual Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium: The event recognizes and promotes the outstanding undergraduate research that is being carried out at UCSC while providing students with the experience of presenting their research results in a professional setting. The free event is sponsored by the Division of Physical & Biological Sciences and the Jack Baskin School of Engineering. Jack Baskin Engineering Courtyard. Thursday, June 7, 2:00-4:00 p.m.


Environmental Studies Undergraduate Senior Poster Symposium: Seniors share their research projects with all Environmental Studies undergraduates, graduate students and faculty. Wednesday, June 6, 3:00-5:00 p.m. ISB 221.


The Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) Undergraduate Research Colloquium: Students present their research projects, Bay Tree Building, Room D, June 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Contact EOP Office at 459-2296.

CHICANO LATINO RESEARCH CENTER'S Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program: Ten presentations of research by CLRC's URAPeRrs: Research conducted as members of a student-faculty team and brief discussion of their plans for future graduate work, including grants received through URAP work. Thursday June 7, 4:00-5:30 p.m. Charles E. Merrill Lounge, Merrill College.