Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research

The 2017 nomination deadline is Friday, April 7, 2017. Nominations may be submitted via email or as a hard copy.

Click the image to download the guidelines and nomination instructions.

Chancellor's Award Flyer

About the Award

The Chancellor’s Award is given to distinguished undergraduate researchers in three disciplinary fields and to one faculty member who has made extraordinary contributions to UCSB’s undergraduate research mission. Faculty and student candidates for this award must be nominated by an academic department or program, or by an organized research unit.

Guidelines

Guidelines for Selection of Student Candidates

The Academic Senate selection committee will consider the following questions when reviewing nomination packets and choosing awardees. If you intend to nominate a student for the Chancellor’s Award, please reflect upon these questions and consider incorporating them into a letter of support:

  • How significant to the success of the project(s) was the student's intellectual or creative input? How much time was invested?
  • Has the student demonstrated academic, professional, or personal development as a result of the research experience?
  • Was academic credit, via independent study or related courses, a significant part of the benefits sought by the student? Did the student take the initiative to seek out a faculty sponsor?
  • Has the student’s work (alone or in collaboration) been published, submitted for publication, or presented at a professional meeting, or are such results expected shortly?
  • What distinguishes this undergraduate as the graduating senior your department or program wishes to nominate for the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research?

Guidelines for Selection of Faculty Candidates

The Academic Senate selection committee will consider the following questions when reviewing nomination packets and choosing awardees. If you intend to nominate a faculty member for the Chancellor’s Award, please reflect upon these questions and consider incorporating them into a letter of support:

  • Is the faculty member known to involve undergraduates in personal research projects? Does he/she actively recruit undergraduate research assistants?
  • Does she/he supervise students' independent study and honors work, and how much time is devoted to this activity? What is the faculty member's cumulative record with respect to supervising 99, 199, 199RA, or similar courses that are not part of the normal teaching load?
  • Have such collaborations resulted in any publications, submissions, or presentations at professional meetings in which the contributions of undergraduates were acknowledged?
  • To what extent have students mentored by the faculty member progressed into high-caliber graduate programs?
  • What distinguishes this faculty member as your department or program’s nominee for the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research?

Procedures for Nomination

To nominate a candidate, the following must be submitted to the award committee:*

  • A nomination letter from the appropriate department chair or program director, not to exceed two typewritten pages. The letter should include a description of the undergraduate research project(s) in which the nominee is involved.
  • Two additional relevant support letters. Each letter should include a description of the undergraduate research project(s) in which the nominee is involved.
  • Any relevant addenda. These should be limited but must clearly corroborate the nomination.
  • For nominations of student candidates, a statement from the nominee, discussing the relevance of his/her research or creative activity and its impact on his/her education and future plans. This statement should include current mailing and email addresses. A copy of a major research paper or similar piece of student work is also recommended, but not required. (Faculty nominees need not submit a personal statement.)

* Please note that nominations must be submitted separately, even if the nominees are engaged in a mentor/student relationship at the time of the competition.

Nomination materials may be submitted via email to urca@Ltsc.ucsb.edu or as a hard copy to:

Committee on Undergraduate Student Affairs
c/o College of Letters and Science
ATTN: Jacob LaViolet
Undergraudate Research Initiatives,
Office of Undergraduate Education
1117 Cheadle Hall
Mail Code 2085

The Committee on Undergraduate Student Affairs will review the nomination materials.

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