Honors and Prizes
Deans’ Honors Lists
According to UC Davis campus regulations, the quarterly Dean's Honors List includes names of students who have completed, for a letter grade, a minimum of 12 units in a specific quarter with a grade point average equal to or higher than the minimum grade point average attained by the upper 16 percent of those registered in the same class level and college during that quarter. Honors lists will be posted quarterly on deans' office websites or made available by other means and a notation of these honors will be placed on each student's permanent record by the Office of the University Registrar.
Honors at graduation are awarded to students who have a grade point average in the top percent of their college as shown in the table below. The College of Letters and Science requires that additional criteria be met for high and highest honors; see the sections below for more information.
Grade Point Average by College
College of Letters and Science. Graduation with "honors" requires that a student meet the appropriate grade point requirement described in the above table for all UC courses completed. Students who meet the grade point requirement for graduation with honors, and who complete the Honors Program of the College of Letters and Science, may be recommended by their departments for graduation with high honors or highest honors on the basis of an evaluation of their academic achievements in the major and in the honors project in particular. Graduating students will not be awarded honors with the bachelor's degree if more than eight units of grade I (Incomplete) appear on their transcripts. The College Committee on Honors may consider exceptions to this condition. Petitions for this purpose should be submitted to the deans' office.
The Honors Program of the College of Letters and Science
The Honors Program in the College of Letters and Science permits students to pursue a program of study in their major at a level significantly beyond that defined by the normal curriculum. It represents an opportunity for the qualified student to experience aspects of the major that are representative of advanced study in the field. Successful completion of the College Honors Program is a necessary prerequisite to consideration for the awarding of high or highest honors at graduation.
Entrance into the honors program requires that a student have completed at least 135 units with a minimum grade point average of 3.500 in courses counted toward the major. Other prerequisites for entrance into the program are defined by the major. The program consists of a project whose specific nature is determined by consultation with the student's major adviser. It may involve completion of a research project, a scholarly paper, a senior thesis, or some comparable assignment depending on the major. The project will have a minimum duration of two quarters and will be noted on the student's record by a variable unit course number or special honors course designation. Successful completion of the honors program requires that a minimum of six units of credit be earned in course work for the project.
The Honors Program of the College of Engineering
An Honors Program is available to qualified students in the Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering majors. The Honors Program is also available to the dual majors: Chemical Engineering/Materials Science and Electrical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering. The Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Honors Program is a four-year program designed to challenge the most talented students in these majors. Students invited to participate will take a one-unit honors seminar in their Freshman year and will enroll in various one-unit honors courses. In the upper division, students will complete either an honors thesis or a project that might involve local industry (Chemical Engineering 194 HA, HB, HC). Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.500 to continue in the program. Successful completion of the Honors Program will be acknowledged on the student's transcript.
University Honors Program
(530) 752-3225; http://honors.ucdavis.edu/
The University Honors Program (UHP) at UC Davis is designed to meet the needs of highly-motivated and academically-talented students. Through enriched educational opportunities, the UHP seeks to provide students with an undergraduate education that will engage them in active learning and nurture and promote critical thinking and oral and written expression.
Through dynamic interdisciplinary curriculum and innovative teaching, students work closely with distinguished faculty to create a vibrant community of scholars dedicated to pursuing academic excellence. The UHP offers students many of the benefits of a small college experience within the context of a major research university. The program's multifaceted approach to learning provides students distinct pathways to becoming part of this prestigious honors program.
Davis Honors Challenge
(530) 752-9797; http://dhc.ucdavis.edu
A track within the University Honors Program (UHP), the Davis Honors Challenge (DHC) is a campuswide honors program for highly motivated students who are interested in enhancing their education through special courses, closer contact with faculty and dynamic interaction with academic peers.
First-year students participating in the DHC take one honors course, one orientation seminar and one DHC freshman seminar. Second-year students take one honors course, one problem oriented interdisciplinary seminar, and one DHC freshman seminar or honors contract. Third-year students are required to complete one honors contract and participate in a two-quarter sequence seminar. Fourth-year students participate in a year-long team project to identify real world problems, apply research, critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills to develop viable solutions for their outside sponsor. Alternatively, they have the option of participating in an honors thesis project. Transfer students complete an acclimation seminar and two honors contracts during their first year in the program. They are also required to meet with an honors counselor to help determine their program pathway.
Entering first-year and transfer students who file a “Statement of Intent to Register” at UC Davis will be e-mailed detailed information about the DHC application process. Continuing students may obtain information and an application from the DHC Office after the start of spring quarter.
Integrated Studies Honors Program
(530) 752-9797; http://integratedstudies.ucdavis.edu
The Integrated Studies Honors Program (ISHP) is one track within the University Honors Program (UHP) and is a campuswide, invitational, first-year residential honors program, now in its fifth decade. Course offerings oriented toward independent research opportunities are also offered beyond the freshman year. During the freshman year, the Integrated Studies Honors Program offers specially designed, interdisciplinary honors courses that satisfy General Education requirements. Approximately 120 students live in an Academic Residential Community on campus and take two limited-enrollment honors courses (open only to Integrated Studies Honors Program students) and two seminars.Holders of Regents Scholarships, the university's most prestigious scholarship awards, are guaranteed places in the Integrated Studies Honors Program. Other highly qualified students are also invited to participate and are selected to create a balanced community of students from all four undergraduate colleges.
Prizes and Awards
The University Medal is the highest campus honor awarded to a graduating senior in recognition of superior scholarship and achievement. A College or School Medal is also given to the outstanding graduating student in each of the colleges and professional schools.
Departmental citations, special awards and prizes are also awarded to students for superior achievement and scholarship.
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Each year, the outstanding graduating senior in the College is awarded a silver medal, known as the “Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Medal.” Scholastic excellence (in a minimum of six quarters at UC Davis) is the primary basis for choosing the recipient. The Mary Regan Meyer Prize is awarded to an outstanding graduate who has demonstrated expertise and an interest in serving humanity. The Charles E. Hess Award is awarded to the graduate with the most noteworthy record of public/community service while at UC Davis. The Kinsella Memorial Prize, in honor of John E. Kinsella, is awarded annually to an outstanding individual who submits his or her Ph.D. dissertation during the spring, fall winter quarter or summer session immediately preceding the due date for nomination.
College of Biological Sciences. Each year the College Medal is awarded to one outstanding graduating senior. Academic excellence is the primary basis for selecting medal nominees. The Undergraduate Student of the Year is awarded to a graduating senior based on the criteria of academic excellence, research activity and involvement in service to the campus or community. For additional information regarding college awards, please contact the Dean's Office.
College of Engineering. Each year, outstanding senior students in engineering are selected by their grade point averages as nominees for the M.S. Ghausi Medal. Academic excellence is the primary basis for selecting the recipient of the award. The Zuhair Munir Award is given to the student who has submitted the year's best engineering doctoral dissertation. Established in 1999, the award honors former Dean of the College, Zuhair Munir, who led the UC Davis College of Engineering from 2000 to 2002 and acted as its Associate Dean for Graduate Studies for 20 years. More than 25 faculty, staff and friends of the College of Engineering contribute to this endowed fund.College of Letters and Science. Graduating seniors with a distinguished academic record may be recommended by the faculty as nominees for the College’s Herbert A. Young Medal. Each June, one medalist is selected from among the graduates of the current academic year. The Leon H. Mayhew Award is conferred upon the outstanding graduate majoring in the arts or humanities, preferably music, art, or literature. Academic excellence is the primary basis for selecting the recipients of these awards. The Lawrence J. Andrews prize is awarded to a student entering the senior year who not only has achieved academic excellence but who also has demonstrated interests outside of pure scholarship.
Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research
This prestigious award recognizes a graduating senior who has distinguished him/herself through their excellence in undergraduate research. The winner, chosen for completing research or scholarship in any academic subject while at UC Davis, is announced and awarded a special plaque at commencement ceremonies in June. In conjunction with the Chancellor's Award, Professor Dean Simonton of UC Davis' Department of Psychology established an endowment for funding a cash prize for each year's student recipient. An award is also given each year to a faculty mentor for his/her outstanding contribution to undergraduate research. For more information, see http://undergraduateresearch.ucdavis.edu/awards.html.
Election to an honorary society is one of the most prestigious awards a student can receive. At UC Davis, the following honorary societies are represented:
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