Deans' and Chancellor's Award Guidelines

The Deans and Chancellor wish to encourage and stimulate outstanding scholarship and creativity among undergraduate students, based on work developed in courses or programs in the normal pattern of 2018-2019 academic activity at UCSC. Click here to see previous winning projects.

The 2019 application opens, Wednesday February 6, 2019

Applications must be submitted by Wednesday April 3, 2019 at noon. Applications submitted after 12:00 PM will not be accepted. 


Fifty undergraduate projects, 10 from each of the academic divisions, will receive a Dean’s Award of $100 for outstanding achievement in their division.


Fifteen Chancellor’s Awardees, three from each division, will be selected from the Deans' Award recipients to receive the Chancellor’s Award of an additional $500.


The Steck Award will recognize the most outstanding research project chosen from the fifteen Chancellor’s Awardees. This student (or team) will receive (or share) an additional $1000. In addition, the winning research project will be bound and copies given to the student(s), the research supervisor, the UC Santa Cruz Library, and the Steck Family whose generous contributions have made this award possible.

Winners of the Deans', Chancellor's and Steck awards will be honored during Undergraduate Student Achievement Week, June 3 – June 7, 2019.  The names of the winners will also be acknowledged at college commencement ceremonies.


  • All project submissions must include one supporting statement by the faculty sponsor, who will be emailed a link to submit the letter of recommendation online. The faculty sponsor must also approve the submitted project. Faculty recommendations and approvals must be submitted online by Wednesday April 10, 2019.
  • All submissions must include either an attachment of a thesis or a URL to the project or performance. Submissions must be completed projects. Projects that are in progress and are planned to be completed after the deadline should be submitted in the next application cycle. Submitted applications that are incomplete or projects that are not yet completed will be rejected.
  • Foreign language projects must be accompanied by appropriate translation.
  • Technical papers must include an abstract in non-technical language.
  • Projects completed in spring 2018 (but not submitted in last year’s competition) are eligible for the 2019 competition, even if the student has already graduated. Students who graduated in spring 2018 must activate their UCSC email forwarding option (UCSC email accounts deactivate 12 months after graduation).
  • Previous award winners are only eligible to submit projects in the current application cycle if those projects are different in scope or topic from the previously awarded project.
  • The deadline to submit a completed project application is Wednesday April 3, 2019 at noon. 

Apply for the Deans', Chancellor's and Steck Awards <- Click here! 

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