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May 24, 2004

Student achievements take center stage

By Louise Donahue

The varied nature of student accomplishment at UCSC—from scientific research to artwork and theater—will be showcased during Student Achievement Week, beginning May 29.

Calavera, a woodcut by student Noam Berg, is among works offered at the Print Sale on June 4-5.
Photo by John Gilardi

With an Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium, the annual student Print Sale, the Undergraduate Linguistics Conference, an American opera, and much more, the event is a chance for students to show the wider world what they’ve learned.
Hundreds of students will be honored during the celebration, which culminates in an awards ceremony on Friday, June 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the University Center.

Events include:

Poster Symposium. One of the highlights of Student Achievement Week is the seventh annual Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium, which showcases a wide variety of research projects conducted by students in the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences and the Jack Baskin School of Engineering. The symposium will be held at the Thimann Courtyard on Thursday, June 3, 2-4 p.m. In the event of rain, the posters will be displayed in the lobby of Earth and Marine Sciences Building.

Opera performance. Street Scene by Kurt Weill. Brian Staufenbiel directs music student performers in this groundbreaking American opera in two acts with lyrics by Langston Hughes. Nicole Paiement conducts the UCSC Orchestra, June 3-6, Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Music Center Recital Hall. The cost is $16 general admission, $12 seniors, $10 students. For more details, see story.

Mentor Program. The Faculty Mentor Program is an undergraduate
research program designed to encourage and prepare Educational Opportunity Programs students for future graduate study in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Students participate in a weekly seminar during the winter and spring quarters, along with a 10- to 12-hour commitment to a faculty-sponsored research project. Students will present their research projects at the Faculty Mentor Program Undergraduate Research Colloquium on Wednesday, June 2, from noon to 6 p.m. and Thursday, June 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. in Bay Tree Conference Room D. For more information contact Larry Trujillo at (831) 459-3630.

Linquistics conference. Each spring quarter, linguistics and language studies students present their research at the UCSC Undergraduate Linguistics Conference. This event is an opportunity for the department to learn about distinguished undergraduate research of the current academic year, and a linguistics graduate who has gone on to a career in linguistics or related fields is invited to give a keynote presentation. A large number of linguistics undergraduates attend this conference, as well as most of the department’s graduate students and faculty. This year’s Linguistics and Language Studies Annual Undergraduate Conference will be Wednesday, June 2, from 2:30 to 5:45 p.m. in the Silverman Conference Room at Stevenson College.

Spring 2004 Open Studios. Student artwork is featured at Open Studios. All media, including painting, sculpture, photography,printmaking, drawing, and book arts will be represented, at Baskin Visual Arts, Friday, June 4, noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call (831) 459-2272.

Print Sale. Student printmakers have been producing lithographs, etchings, monoprints, woodcuts, and digital prints all year and now these works are available for sale. This is a great opportunity to purchase high-quality work at very reasonable prices. The sale is Friday, June 4, and Saturday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Baskin Visual Arts. For further information contact Veda Ozelle at (831) 459-3686.

Photography Sale. Student photography is on sale in the Seminar Room, D101, in the Baskin Arts Building, Friday, June 4 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information contact Katherine Quan at (831) 459-2282.

The Irwin Scholars Exhibition 2004. The William Hyde and Susan Benteen Irwin Scholarship Fund was established in 1986 and now generates 15 annual merit scholarships to further the art education of select UCSC art students. The Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery's annual exhibition of Irwin Scholars features painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, installation, and mixed media. The 2004 Irwin Scholarship exhibition is on view in the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery through June 12. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. For more details, see Currents story.

Illustrating Nature. The annual exhibition ‘Illustrating Nature,' featuring student works from the UCSC Science Communication Program, is on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 1305 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. Hours are Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., through June 6.

Spring Dance Theater. Professor Mark Franko directs this annual dance-theater concert featuring students from UCSC's Theater Arts Department modern dance program. May 27-30, Thursday through Saturday 7 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Mainstage Theater, $11 general admission, $7 seniors & students.

Creative Writing Senior Reading. Approximately 50 Creative Writing senior students will present readings of their work on Friday, June 4, at 6 p.m., Room 159, Kresge College. For more information contact Cole Akers, (831) 459-2167.

Environmental Studies Program Symposium. Students pursue an interdisciplinary curriculum with emphasis on conservation, restoration, policy, soil ecology, agroecology and education. This symposium--a compilation of their research projects and composed of visual and written material--will be Wednesday, June 2, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Interdisciplinary Science Building, Room 221.

Humanities Undergraduate Research Award Colloquia. Award-winners will make presentations on their research on Thursday, June 3. Contact Norma Ray for details, (831) 459-4477.

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