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.
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.
2018 UC Davis University Honors Program graduates Sammy Carey and Shelbie Condie both received second place in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences for the 2018 Norma J. Lang Prize. This award, given to six students, is for stimulating research and the best use of resources at Peter J. Shields Library. Both seniors presented their research at the 2018 Undergraduate Research Conference at UC Davis, and the 2018 Western Regional Honors Conference at Chapman University.
In addition to her B.A. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, Emily Eijansantos was awarded the 2018 University Medalist, UC Davis's highest undergraduate award. This medal is given each year to the top graduating senior. Eijansantos was awarded for her outstanding community service, future scholarship and contributions to society, and excellence in undergraduate studies.
Each year University Honors Program students win numerous awards, scholarships, and other recognitions. From becoming the youngest-ever student to graduate from the College of Engineering to being awarded the UC Davis University Medal, UHP students achieve great things through exceptional academics, research, and community service. Below are the stories of UHP's extraordinary students and graduates, and some of the faculty who continue helping UHP students succeed.