Celebrating excellence: Student Achievement Week 2013

Every year, UC Santa Cruz sets aside a few days to honor a group of hard-working scholars, student researchers, artists and performers.

Much of their labors take place outside of the limelight, in recital halls, laboratories, library study areas and art studios.

But Student Achievement Week, from June 3 to 7, gives plenty of exposure, and highly public recognition, to students in a variety of fields and disciplines. Engineers, humanities scholars, actors, biology majors and printmakers will all have their time in the spotlight.

Students will present their work at a range of events including the ever-popular UCSC Student Print Sale, various art exhibitions, theater productions, and the Physical & Biological Sciences Division and Baskin School of Engineering’s 15th annual Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium.

The events schedule highlights UCSC’s strengths across the disciplines.

The arts are out in force this year, and the Baskin Visual Arts Center and Digital Arts Research Center should have plenty of visitors.

There is always a bustling crowd at the print sale, set for Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8, this year. Expect a large group of well-wishers and other visitors at another highly anticipated arts event, Open Studios, which features student artwork in a variety of media,  and will take place at on Friday from noon to 4 p.m. at the Baskin Visual Arts Center and Digital Arts Research Center (DARC).

The Chancellor’s Award Ceremony is set for Friday, June 7. Award recipients and their faculty mentors will be honored at a private luncheon.  One of the ceremony’s annual highlights is the Steck Family Award, which honors the best senior thesis completed during the academic year. The winner is chosen from the Chancellor's Award candidates.

In keeping with UCSC tradition, the identity of the winner will remain a secret until the end of the ceremony.

These honors showcase two enduring values at UCSC -- the focus on transformative undergraduate experiences on campus, and the importance of research as part of the learning process.