Stories

Igniting Community Activism Through Student Leadership

July 31, 2019
The University Honors Program encourages students to engage in leadership to foster lifelong skills and make an impact in our UC Davis communities and beyond.

Vannalee Cayabyab, Political Science and Spanish double major ’19, exemplified student leadership throughout her undergraduate career at UC Davis, tracing back to her first year. Vannalee made her mark through her leadership roles in women's political leadership organization IGNITE, BRIDGE: Pilipinx Outreach and Retention, and even co-founding Pilipinx in Business and Law (PIBL).

The Beginning of the Student Activities Committee

July 11, 2019
Spearheaded by our Student Activities Coordinator, the Student Activities Committee plans events and activities that enrich the Honors experience and strengthen our community.

Noticing that there should be more student activities for our Honors students, UHP enlisted Alisha Hacker to put together the Student Activities Committee (SAC). The committee, consisting of students from a diverse range of years, majors, and even UHP entry types, was created in Winter 2019.

UC Davis Receives Mellon Grant to Integrate the Arts, Humanities and Science in New Courses through Partnership with the University Honors Program and First-Year Seminars

June 20, 2019
UC Davis has been awarded a $600,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to offer new undergraduate courses that integrate the arts, humanities and science.

The new SHAPE program – Science, Humanities and Arts: Process and Engagement – will offer interdisciplinary courses co-taught by faculty from the arts, humanities and science, and the curriculum will be augmented with the work of visiting performance artists.

Julie Cravotto Awarded the 2019 University Medal!

June 10, 2019
Julie Cravotto, a fourth-year history and political science double major and a University Honors Program student, has recently been honored with the 2019 University Medal.

The University Medal recognizes the top graduating senior for academic excellence, a dedication to community service, and the continuation of their leadership contributions to society.

A record number of Honors graduates walk across the stage at Spring Banquet 2019

June 06, 2019
Each year the University Honors Program hosts an end-of-the-year Spring Banquet celebration for our graduating seniors. This year a record 116 Honors graduates walked across the stage at Spring Banquet.

Spring Banquet is a formal dinner and celebration that gives students the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments in a small, intimate setting with their peers and families. As they walk up to the stage, students are greeted by the friendly and familiar faces of the UHP and Undergraduate Education leadership team who have supported them throughout their years at UC Davis.

Music and Sociology Faculty Win the 2019 UHP Outstanding Faculty Awards

June 04, 2019

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.