Awards & Honors

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Recent awards and honors

  • May 16, 2024

    Francis Nimmo elected to prestigious fellowship of UK's Royal Society

    Francis Nimmo, professor of earth and planetary sciences, has been named a fellow of the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of sciences. The society announced today the election of 90 researchers from around the world as new fellows, citing their "invaluable contributions to science."

  • May 14, 2024

    Championing Native American DNA

    Kimberly TallBear, this year’s recipient of the University of California, Santa Cruz Distinguished Humanities Graduate Student Alumni Award, is being honored for her work in championing indigenous rights and protecting Native American DNA from exploitation.

  • Professional portrait of Diane Gifford-GonzalezMay 8, 2024

    Diane Gifford-Gonzalez elected to the National Academy of Sciences

    Distinguished Research Professor Emerita of Anthropology Diane Gifford-Gonzalez was recently elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Gifford-Gonzalez is a trailblazer in the field of zooarchaeology, which uses animal remains to gain new insights into the deep history of humans and animals.

  • April 30, 2024

    Ecological Society of America names Dan Costa a lifetime fellow

    Dan Costa, distinguished professor of ecology and evolutionary biology and director of UC Santa Cruz's Institute of Marine Sciences, has been named a 2024 Fellow of the Ecological Society of America.

  • April 26, 2024

    Three UC Santa Cruz faculty members elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

    Three professors at the University of California, Santa Cruz were elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honorary societies.

  • April 23, 2024

    UC Santa Cruz physics department honored for improving undergraduate experience

    The Physics Department has been honored by the American Physical Society (APS) for improving undergraduate physics education. At its April meeting, APS announced UC Santa Cruz as one of just three universities nationwide whose physics departments share in this year’s award.

  • Congratulations to 2023 AAAS FellowsApril 18, 2024

    Three UC Santa Cruz faculty members named 2023 AAAS fellows

    Three UC Santa Cruz faculty members have been named 2023 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science: Diane Gifford-Gonzalez, emerita distinguished research professor of anthropology; longtime journalist Robert Irion, emeritus director of UC Santa Cruz’s science communication master’s degree program; and acclaimed paleo-geneticist Beth Shapiro, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.

  • April 17, 2024

    UC Santa Cruz ‘Shadow the Scientists’ program honored for astronomical DEI efforts

    A science-inclusion program based at UC Santa Cruz that has allowed thousands of school-age children, educators, and inquisitive individuals to look through world-class telescopes alongside trained astronomers has been honored for opening up scientific exploration to those from underrepresented backgrounds around the world.

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