This year the University Honors Program is delighted to celebrate 111 graduates who have successfully completed the UHP curriculum. While we were unable to celebrate our graduating seniors in person as originally planned, we are so proud of everything they have accomplished in their time with UHP. This video was created in honor of our graduates’ accomplishments, and we look forward to hearing of their future achievements. Congratulations to the class of 2020!
UHP student Naomi Murray has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship, the nation’s premier undergraduate award in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.
Murray is majoring in Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity, and plans to earn a PhD in Ecology. An active undergraduate researcher, she is already on the path to a career researching how trees affect community function and resilience, with the goal of minimizing the impacts of climate change.
UC Davis English major will study climate fiction from a human rights perspective.
Literary scholarship at the nexus of human rights and climate change has earned English major Jumana Esau ’20 a prestigious Gates Cambridge scholarship. The scholarship will fully fund Esau to earn her Master of Philosophy in Criticism and Culture at the University of Cambridge, where she plans to study climate fiction with the author Robert Macfarlane.
One of the most unique aspects of the University Honors Program is the innovative, discussion-based, honors courses. UHP students have the opportunity to engage with their professors and peers through these settings in a way that may not be possible in a large, lecture-style course. The 2019 Outstanding Teaching Award recognizes a professor nominated by students for being an inspirational and engaging part of the honors experience. This year it was received by Professor Anna Maria Busse Berger from the Music Department.
This award recognizes students for extensively using library resources and services for their undergraduate research projects. The prize is funded by an endowment from the late UC Davis Professor Emerita of Botany, Norma J. Lang. The prizes are awarded within two different categories: Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences and Science, Engineering, & Mathematics.