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Honors and Awards

Dean's Award group

HAVC Department Honors

Honors in the Senior Comprehensive Requirement

All seniors must complete one seminar, 190–191, as their “senior exit” course to satisfy the senior comprehensive requirement. Seminars can be taken for senior exit credit only by permission of the instructor. Within the context of this advanced seminar, students will work under the close supervision of their professor to produce a written project that demonstrates a high level of achievement in research, writing, and critical thinking. Students whose performance is outstanding are eligible for honors in the senior comprehensive.

Honors and Highest Honors in the Major

Highest Honors and honors are awarded in the HAVC major to students who have shown a consistently outstanding level of performance throughout their coursework and maintained a superior GPA in the major.  These distinctions are earned by only a small percentage of each graduating class.   This notation appears on the transcript as well as on the diploma. 

  • Highest honors in the major will be awarded to students with a GPA of 3.9 and above in all HAVC courses + HAVC Department approval*
  • Honors in the major will be awarded to students with a GPA of 3.7 and above in all HAVC courses + HAVC Department approval*

* Department approval is guided by consideration of criteria such as overall performance in HAVC coursework and the number of courses taken for a letter grade.

Deans' and Chancellor's Awards

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 each academic year at UCSC. These awards recognize exceptional achievement in research and other creative activities in order to encourage scholarship and promote research as an important part of undergraduate education.  

Deans’ Undergraduate Awards

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

Chancellor’s Undergraduate Awards

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. Examples of research papers from HAVC students that have received the Dean's or Chancellor's Awards include:

Howe 2017
Wander 2012
Polzak 2007

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2018-19 Awardees
2017-18 Awardees
2016-17 Awardees 

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