Deans' and Chancellor's Award Guidelines

The Deans and Chancellor of UC Santa Cruz wish to recognize excellence in research and creativity among undergraduate students as evidenced through projects and theses performed in the normal pattern of academic activity at UCSC. Click here to see a listing of current and previous winning projects.

The online application for the 2020 Deans' and Chancellor's Undergraduate Awards will begin at noon on February 5, 2020. 

Please read the application guidelines below and contact a faculty mentor to confirm they are willing to submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf. All 2020 applications must be completed and submitted online by April 2, 2020.

Update: In consideration of the unusual circumstances assoicated with the COVID-19 pandemic, extension requests will be considered. Extensions may be for up to, but no later than, one week from the April 2 deadline may be considered. The deadline for requesting an extension is noon Friday, April 3.

Since application submissions will still close on April 2, applications should be started in the system before the deadline. Requests must be emailed to ur_hnrs@ucsc.edu and include a) how much additional time is being requested, b) which division the project is affiliated with and c) the name and UCSC email of the mentor. 

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

DEANS' UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS

Dean's Awards are granted to fifty of the most excellent undergraduate research theses or projects (ten from each academic division) completed at UCSC during the academic year. Each Dean's award project will receive $100 for outstanding achievement in their division. Winners of the Dean's awards will be announced the week of April 27. 

CHANCELLOR'S UNDERGRADUATE AWARDS

Fifteen Chancellor’s Awards are granted to the most outstanding top three theses or projects from each division's Deans' Awardees. Each Chancellor's Award project will recieve an additional $500. Winners of the Dean's awards will be announced the week of April 27. 

STECK AWARD

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 $1,000. 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.

The Steck Award winner will be posted on the winners page of this site by the end of Student Acheivement Week.

Winners of the Deans', Chancellor's and Steck awards will be honored during Undergraduate Student Achievement Week, June 1 – June 5, 2020. The names of the 2019 winners are posted here and they were acknowledged at the 2019 UCSC College Commencement ceremonies.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES/POLICIES

  1. All research project submissions must include at least one letter of recommmendation by a faculty mentor/sponsor. Once the student submits their application a seperate email to the mentor listed will be generated automatically containing the link for them to submit the letter of recommendation. All undergraduate students applicants must contact their mentor/sponsor before submitting their application in order to confirm that a letter of support will be possible.
  2. All applications must include either an attachment of a completed thesis or completed project or performance (by URL). Research projects must be finished when the application is submitted. Projects that are still in progress, or are planned to be completed after the application deadline, should be submitted in the following application cycle. Submitted applications that are incomplete, or do not have a project attachment or link, or are projects that are not yet completed, will be rejected.
  3. The applicant should choose the one faculty mentor/sponsor of their project who is most familiar with the project and who will be able to provide the strongest letter of recommendation. Only one letter of recommendation is required. Mentors should be UCSC faculty/lecturers/post-docs/researchers etc that have a blue CruzID.
  4. For group projects, only one student in the group (usually the lead in the project) completes an application. They then must list the other students as project students. Each project member must approve of the application that is submitted. 
  5. When the faculty mentor/sponsor submits their letter of recommendation, they must also approve the submitted project. Faculty sponsor recommendations and approvals must be submitted online immediately after the student application deadline. It is recommended that the mentor/sponsor write the letter as soon as possible after being contacted by the student.
  6. Foreign language projects must be accompanied by appropriate translation.
  7. Technical papers must include an abstract in non-technical language.
  8. Projects completed in spring 2019 (and therefore not submitted in last year’s competition) are eligible for the 2020 awards competition, even if the student has already graduated. Students who have graduated must activate their UCSC email forwarding option (UCSC email accounts deactivate 12 months after graduation).
  9. Previous award winners are only eligible to submit projects in the current application cycle if those projects are significantly different in scope or topic from the previously awarded project.

Click Here to Apply for the Deans', and Chancellor's Award 

Application requires use of your CruzID Blue password

Please contact  ur_hnrs@ucsc.edu if you have any questions regarding the application or the application guidelines