Undergraduate Department Awards

Annual Departmental Awards

2015 Undergraduate Student Awards

2014 Undergraduate Student Awards

2013 Undergraduate Student Awards


Annual Departmental Awards

Steven H. Chaffee Award for Excellence in Research

Given to an undergraduate student who demonstrates excellence in research and scholarship.  Faculty should nominate honors students and RA students who have contributed research ideas to a project.  Nomination process:  Faculty nomination letter and a copy of the student’s resume that includes information on research and scholarship.  This award does not have to be given every year.

2001-02 Amanda Kenyon ♦ 2002-03 Yardena Zwang-Weissman ♦ 2004-05 Alison Stauffer ♦ 2006-07 Nadia Pankratova ♦ 2007-08 Anne Casillas ♦ 2008-09 Ethan Hartsell ♦ 2009-10 Chelsea Carl, Sharde Davis, & Logan Franken ♦ 2010-11 Taylor Black ♦ 2011-12 Audrey Abeyta ♦ 2012-13 Blair Siegal ♦ 2013-14 Jennifer Reinus ♦ 2014-15 Culver Lau


The Communication Alumni Association Award for Service to the Department of Communication

Given to a graduating senior in the Department of Communication who has demonstrated outstanding involvement, service, and leadership to the university and/or community.  Faculty should nominate students who have been active in the Student Communication Association, Lambda Pi Eta, faculty committees, and departmental projects.  Nomination process:  Faculty nomination letter and a copy of the student’s resume that lists the service roles and activities for the department and student associations.

1995-96  William Foderaro ♦ 2001-02  Kathryn Cardozo and Darin Simmons ♦ 2002-03 Carrie Feldman and Stephen Hall ♦ 2003-04  Laura Jones, Drew Kain, and Brooke Katz ♦ 2004-05  Alexis Mansinne, Warren Richards, and Kier Wallis ♦ 2005-06  Kelly Mcfarren ♦ 2006-07  Donna Kwok, Sondra Deurlo, and Jessica Ramire ♦ 2007-08  Alicia T. Harrison, Amanda Johnson, and Stacy Lynn Motenko ♦ 2008-09  Justine Miller ♦ 2009-10  Connie Lundegard ♦ 2010-11  Alexandra Gunther ♦ 2011-12 Tamara Ford and Alexandra Platt ♦ 2012-13 Blair Siegal ♦ 2013-14 Rachel Cansler ♦ 2014-15 Cynthia "Carla" Ni


Distinction in the Major

Awarded to undergraduates who participate in the departmental honors program and who complete a senior honors project or thesis.  Students who graduate with Distinction in the Major conduct a year-long independent research project under the direction of the Director of the Senior Honors program and in collaboration with faculty and graduate students.  Students present their honors project in a public colloquium in the spring quarter and receive honors chords for graduation.  Eligibility:  Minimum overall GPA of 3.50 and 3.50 GPA in communication classes, and completion of Communication 181 with a grade of A or A-.


Awards for Academic Excellence

Awarded to undergraduates who have maintained an overall 3.8 or higher GPA over their academic careers and who have upheld the University’s standards of academic excellence.  This award is given to graduating seniors who have earned the highest academic honors and achieved excellence in communication courses.  Selection for the award is based on a student’s cumulative GPA at the end of winter quarter of his or her senior year.


2015 Undergraduate Student Awards

James Bilderbeck, Jacy-Anne Cesar, Sydney Collins, Amelia Diaz, Elizabeth Ivy, Risa Jensen, Celine Jeremiah, Mikayla Molinaro, Jenna Radin, Daina Rama, Emma Rotem were invited to join Phi Beta Kappa.  The Phi Beta Kappa honorary society is a widely recongized and highly respected academic honor society with chapters at 283 American campuses. To be inivited to join, students must achieve a high GPA and their academic record must reflect a substantial amount of breadth.

Elizabeth Ivy and Caroline Mecartea were the recipients of the 2015 City Club Prize, given for the highest academically achieving women majoring in the social sciences.

Quinlan Fitzgerald and Elizabeth Ivy received the Dean of Undergraduate Education award, given to students in recognition of their outstanding acadmemic and personal acheivements in the College of Letters and Science.

April Scatliffe and Samantha Murphy received the 2014-2015 Golden Eagle Award presented to the student with the highest GPA in a particular sport who also performed well in their sport. April Scatliffe was also named the Big West Scholar Athlete for UCSB.

Kimbery Herbert received the Internship Scholarship Program Award, given to students who have excelled in landing internships, research, and related pre-professional experience that demonstrates career motivation and professional ambition.

Alexandra Berkmen, Chelsea Carter, Sydney Collins, Jessica Dahlstrum, Giovanna Davila, Erika Frazer, Vinay Gupta, Elizabeth Ivy, Gabrielle Mintz, Kimberly Ngo, Emma Rotem, Emily Sheilds, and Ruiqi Yi, were awarded the 2015 college-level Academic Excellence Awards for maintaining a 3.5 GPA, demonstrating commitment to Community Service, and completing the Honors Program requirements for the College of Letters and Sciences.


2014 Undergraduate Student Awards

Lesley Barco, Hanna Dijkstra, Kristen Henneman, and Denise Orozco, were invited to join Phi Beta Kappa.  The Phi Beta Kappa honorary society is a widely recongized and highly respected academic honor society with chapters at 283 American campuses. To be inivited to join, students must achieve a high GPA and their academic record must reflect a substantial amount of breadth.

Negeen Amuzegar and Lindsey Schwarze were the recipients of the 2014 City Club Prize, given for the highest academically achieving women majoring in the social sciences.

Miranda L. Pace received the University Service Award, presented to graduating seniors honored for their depth of involvement in campus life and their high cumulative GPA.

Andriana Collins was selected by the College of Letters and Science to be the Student Graduation Commencement Speaker for the Social Sciences ceremony on Sunday, June 15, 2014.

Sharone Almog, Sarah Bertolli, Anthony Correia, Jakob Edson, Danielle Foster, Eileen Harris, Jonathan Lipshin, Briana McClusky, Casey McCulloh, Matthew McDonald, Jennifer Reinus, and  Zachary Trafny, were awarded the 2014 college-level Academic Excellence Awards for maintaining a 3.5 GPA, demonstrating commitment to Community Service, and completing the Honors Program requirements for the College of Letters and Sciences.


2013 Undergraduate Student Awards

Monica Bobadilla, Mariana Davis, Victoriya Karpilovich, Sarah McClanahan, Renee Olson, Denise Orozco, Blair Siegal, Sara Williams, and Katie Zeff were invited to join Phi Beta Kappa.  The Phi Beta Kappa honorary society is a widely recongized and highly respected academic honor society with chapters at 283 American campuses. To be inivited to join, students must achieve a high GPA and their academic record must reflect a substantial amount of breadth.

Victoriya Karpilovich was the recipient of the 2013 City Club Prize, given for the highest academically achieving woman majoring in the social sciences.

Cassandra Garcia received the Vice Chancellor's Awards for Scholarship, Leadership and Citizenship.

Courtney Lightfoot received the 2012-2013 Golden Eagle Award presented to the student with the highest GPA in a particular sport who also performed well in their sport.

Kira Glynn, Rhandy Siordia, Sara Williams, and Mai Xiong received the University Service Award, presented to graduating seniors honored for their depth of involvement in campus life and their high cumulative GPA.

Katie Zeff received the 2013 University Award of Distinction for graduating seniors who have made an outstanding contribution to UCSB student life while maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or above

Yassamin Amirghassemi, Aubrey Catanese, Jaclyn Erbacher, Gina Fronke, Stephanie Harris, Nicole Kab, Victoriya Karpilovich, Erika Kercheval, Amanda Macke, Delany Mann, Sarah McClanahan, Laura Newton, Angelee Nuce, Renee Olson, Blair Siegal, Sarah Bach, and Elizabeth Tapia were awarded the 2013 college-level Academic Excellence Awards for maintaining a 3.5 GPA, demonstrating commitment to Community Service, and completing the Honors Program requirements for the College of Letters and Sciences.