News Highlights


Jun 23
Terence Keel, an assistant professor of history and of Black studies at UC Santa Barbara has received this year’s Harold J. Plous Award.
One of the university’s most prestigious faculty honors, the award is given annually to an assistant professor from the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences who has demonstrated exceptional achievement in research, teaching and service.
Keel will highlight his research when he delivers the Plous Lecture next spring.
Jun 21

Closing the book on another academic year, UCSB commencement exercises celebrate achievement and look ahead. VIDEO HERE

Jun 13
UC Santa Barbara microbiologist Alyson Santoro received a pair of grants from the the 2016 National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) conference  to pursue work inspired by the year’s theme, “Discovering the Deep Blue Sea.”
Designed to manifest concrete projects that produce educational, cultural, social or scientific impacts, NAKFI grants provide seed funding for important new research and activities that are sparked by the NAKFIannual conference and that bring people together in fresh ways. Santoro’s work certainly fits the bill. In two projects, she’ll meld science with art to explore microbes and the notion that they may serve as the ocean’s “memory.”
Jun 6

Four undergraduate and four graduate students in the College of Letters and Science at UC Santa Barbara have been selected to receive awards for outstanding academic achievement. They will be recognized at commencement exercises June 17 and 18. For a full list of award winners, go here

Jun 1
In the third annual College Access Index published by The New York Times, UC Santa Barbara has ranked No. 2 for its commitment to economic diversity. The ranking is based on a combination of the number of lower- and middle-income students a college or university enrolls and the tuition it charges these students.
According to the Times, the index is based on the share of students receiving Pell grants; the graduation rate of students on Pell grants; and the net cost, after financial aid, that a college or university charged low- and middle-income students. The index, as the Times noted, “is a measure of which top institutions are doing the most to promote the American dream.”