Awards and Accomplishments

2021 UHP Graduates Receive Campus Awards

Each year, the academic colleges recognize undergraduate students who have demonstrated exceptional accomplishments in academics, research, and leadership. Several members of the UHP Class of 2021 have been recognized for their achievements and contributions during their time at UC Davis. 

Animal Science and Chicano/a Studies Faculty Win 2021 UHP Outstanding Faculty Awards

Every year, the University Honors Program invites students to nominate UC Davis faculty for Faculty Mentorship and Outstanding Teaching Awards. These are our 2021 winners. 2021 Faculty Mentorship Award: Dr. Matthias Hess, Associate Professor of Animal Science

The UHP Faculty Mentorship Award is awarded to a UC Davis faculty member for providing outstanding mentorship to a UHP student. An outstanding mentor is one who is accessible, impactful, and has played a significant role in at least one UHP student's undergraduate career.

2021 Graduates Receive UHP Awards

Every year, the University Honors Program awards students for implementing values of UHP: leadership, community service, and research & innovation. These are our 2021 winners. 2021 UHP Student Leadership Award: Mikka Vapor, International Relations and Economics with a minor in French

The UHP Student Leadership Award identifies a graduating UHP student who is an emerging leader on campus or in the community.

UHP Director Wins NEH Award

Dr. David Furlow, University Honors Program Director and Professor of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, and Dr. Jaimey Fisher, frequent UHP instructor and Professor of German and Cinema & Digital Media, recently won a Humanities Connections Planning Grant in the amount of $33,505 for their project, Groundswell at the Intersection of STEM and Humanities. This one-year planning grant will allow Professors Fisher and Furlow to develop and pilot a two-quarter sequence of co-taught interdisciplinary courses for first-year honors students.

Biomedical Research, the MD/PhD Track, and the Lessons of Star Trek:

Meet Maya Mysore '22, the UHP’s Newest Goldwater Scholar

UHP student Maya Mysore has earned a Goldwater Scholarship for the coming academic year. The prestigious, federally endowed award encourages students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering. Mysore is among the 410 students awarded Goldwater Scholarships  for the 2021-2022 academic year, and one of two UC Davis recipients along with cell biology major Keely Ji. 

Psychology and Molecular & Cellular Biology Faculty Win 2020 UHP Outstanding Faculty Awards

Every year, the University Honors Program invites students to nominate UC Davis faculty for Outstanding Teaching and Faculty Mentorship Awards. These are our 2020 winners. 2020 Faculty Mentorship Award: Dr. Francis "Frank" McNally, Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology

The UHP Faculty Mentorship Award is awarded to a UC Davis faculty member for providing outstanding mentorship to a UHP student. An outstanding mentor is one who is accessible, impactful, and has played a significant role in at least one UHP student's undergraduate career.

2020 Graduates Receive UHP Awards

Every year, the University Honors Program awards students for implementing values of UHP: leadership, community service, and research & innovation. These are our 2020 winners. 2020 UHP Student Leadership Award: Thuy Vi "Vi" Nguyen, International Relations

The UHP Student Leadership Award identifies a graduating UHP student who is an emerging leader on campus or in the community. This student has demonstrated a commitment to all of the values of UHP including excellence, innovation, and personal growth, and are part of a new generation of leaders.

Celebrating UHP’s Graduating Class of 2020

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! 

Naomi Murray '21 Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

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.

Jumana Esau '20 Awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarship

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.