News Highlights


Mar 28
It is estimated that more than 5 million people worldwide participated in marches on Jan. 21, gathering together to show support for women’s rights, reproductive rights, gender and racial equality and many other interconnected causes.
But how did a march that started as a simple Facebook post, created by a group of women who planned to protest the outcome of the recent presidential election, garner so much attention? What are the implications of the historic gathering, and in what ways is it a continuation of the suffrage movement — which sought to give women the right to vote in the first place — and the women’s movement of the 1970s?
UCSB scholars weigh in here
Mar 15

In U.S. News & World Report graduate rankings in the social sciences and humanities, UCSB’s sociology program ranks No. 18 among public universities; its sex and gender specialty ranks No. 4 overall and No. 2 among public universities.

Also among public universities, the campus’s graduate program in English ranks among the top 20, coming in at No. 14.

In addition to the current graduate program rankings, the magazine’s 2017 listing of the “Top 30 Public National Universities” places UCSB at No. 8. 
Mar 8

Proposals for the 2017-18 Critical Issues in America Grant, administered by the college, are due April 10, 2017.

More information about applying for the grant is available here

Feb 28

For the seventh consecutive year, the Peace Corps has included UC Santa Barbara on its annual list of Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities. With a contingent of 40 graduates currently participating worldwide, UCSB is ranked No. 18 among large schools.

Since the Peace Corps was founded in 1961, more than 1,680 UCSB alumni have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers.

Feb 22

Two UC Santa Barbara faculty members — cryptographer Stefano Tessaro and condensed matter physicist Andrea Young — have been selected to receive research fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for 2017. The fellowships, awarded yearly since 1955, honor those early-career scholars whose achievements mark them as the next generation of scientific leaders.

Tessaro and Young will each receive a $60,000 fellowship to be used as they wish to further their research.