Undergraduate Awards

The campus's highest student honor, for outstanding scholarship and extraordinary service to the university, its students and the community.

Established by the Office of the President of the University of California, these awards provide recognition to graduating seniors and a faculty member who have distinguished themselves through their excellence in and contribution to undergraduate research.

Daniel Chu

2014 CHANCELLOR’S AWARD FOR UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHDaniel Chu is the recipient of both the Thomas More Storke Award and the Chancellor's Award for Undergraduate Research.  He is an honors student, researcher and community volunteer.  He graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the College of Creative Studies, with a minor in music.  Daniel is an excellent student in both his scholarship with an impressive 3.94 GPA that includes no fewer than 10 A+ grades, and in his piano performance.

Daniel performed graduate-level research with Professor Irene Chen in Chemistry and Biochemistry, where his independent project involved "characterizing phage diversity in microbial infections in order to understand their role in the disease course of chronic infections." So important is his research that a post-doctoral student was assigned to work with him so the research can continue after Daniel graduates. 

He is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships and is equally accomplished outside of the classroom.  Among his many volunteer commitments, he is the founder and co-president of Project Bridge which works with underserved populations in the community to ensure their education about and access to affordable healthcare. 

After graduation from UCSB, Daniel will begin a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.  His long-term goal is to earn a medical degree and a Ph.D..


Awarded for outstanding academic achievement to a College of Letters and Science honors student majoring in the sciences, in memory of Frances M. Colville, Associate Professor of Physical Education (1955-64), and Terry H. Dearborn, Associate Professor of Physical Education (1940-64).

William Thi

FRANCES COLVILLE AND TERRY DEARBORN MEMORIAL AWARD William Thi is an honors student with a 3.92 GPA graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences.

is graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences, will receive the Francis Colville and Terry Dearborn Memorial Award for outstanding academic achievement as an honors student majoring in the sciences. - See more at: http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2015/015473/high-honors#sthash.hUXVrLG0.dpuf

Since the summer following his sophomore year, William has conducted two independent research projects in Professor Dennis Clegg’s lab in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.

In addition, during his sophomore and junior years, William volunteered more than 250 hours at St. John’s Regional Medical Center through the Clinical Care Extender Internship, where he witnessed numerous surgical procedures, interacted with many patients, and realized that small gestures of empathy make a huge difference.

William also helped found a healthcare advocacy program called Project Bridge, which is dedicated to educating the community about recent health reforms and the Affordable Care Act.

On campus, William has given his time and abilities to Campus Learning Assistance Services as a tutor in organic chemistry, committing several hours per week to lecturing and preparing lesson plans.

Next on the agenda for William is medical school.


The College of Letters and Sceince Dean's Award recognizes outstanding scholarship and contributions to the campus community by a graduating senior

Andrew Pierce

College of Letters & Science OUTSTANDING SENIOR AWARDAndrew completed a total of 13 graduate courses in physics with an overall GPA of 3.96. In addition to receiving the Deans' Outstanding Senior Award for his scholarship and contributions to the campus community, he also graduates with Physics Highest Academic Honors.

Andrew's research experience began during spring quarter of his freshman year when he joined the research group of physics professor Mark Sherwin.
In the summer of 2013, Andrew participated in UCSB's Worster fellowship program, a summer research initiative founded by UCSB alumni Bruce and Susan Worster culminating in a talk titled "Terahertz Dielectric Spectroscopy of Proton Conductors," which he presented the following fall.

Andrew will begin Harvard University's Ph.D. program in physics Fall 2015.




Claudia Jette

SCIENCE STUDENT COMMENCEMENT SPEAKERClaudia Jette has a love of learning, a passion for science and a desire to teach as a professor at a medical school. She also has the goal of becoming the primary investigator in her own lab, researching the immunology of viruses through the scopes of biochemistry and structural biology.

A pharmacology major with a minor in comparative literature, Claudia is an honors student in the Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. During her sophomore year, she joined the Thomas Weimbs Lab as an undergraduate research assistant, and by the end of that year, she had earned her own research project. She also received two Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Grants and the MCDB department’s Perlegos Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

During her junior year, Claudia was nominated by the MCDB department for the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute ExROP-Fellowship, which helped her become one of only a few students nationwide selected to intern with the Harrison structural biology lab at Harvard Medical School where she has been invited back to intern this summer .

After graduation, Claudia plans to take time off to apply to M.D. and Ph.D. programs.



Janice Chee Jing Ong

ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE STUDENT COMMENCEMENT SPEAKERWhen Janice Chee Jing Ong arrived at UC Santa Barbara as an international student from Malaysia, she wasn’t sure how she would fit in. But those worries faded quickly as she submerged herself in campus activities, beginning with Hall Council in Santa Cruz Residence Hall. As a Psychology major, Janice was drawn to helping and serving others through her work in Health and Wellness, as a Research Assistant in the Psychology lab, as an officer for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and as a Gaucho FYI staff member. Currently, she works as a Mental Health Peer in Counseling and Psychological Services, and as a mentor for iBuddy, a mentorship program for international students in the residence halls.

Janice is in the process of applying to various organizations, such as Education First and an urban ministry project in downtown Fresno.   She knows she wants to do something meaningful and to apply all she has gained from her experience at UCSB.