May 23, 2005

Performances, exhibitions, research presentations fill Student Achievement Week

By Louise Donahue

Everything from opera to environmental research will be on display as the campus celebrates Student Achievement Week May 30-June 5 with live performances, exhibitions, symposia, and an awards ceremony.


This woodcut by student Mike Lee is one of the works available at the Print Sale.
Student accomplishments in the Humanities Division will be highlighted at three events. (See Currents story)

“Recognition of the outstanding achievements of our students is one of the ways in which UCSC demonstrates its commitment to excellence in teaching and research,” said interim vice provost and dean of undergraduate education William Ladusaw.

The Undergraduate Achievement Awards ceremony is a highlight of the annual celebration showcasing the scholarly and creative activities of UCSC's undergraduate and graduate students, Ladusaw said.

“It is an opportunity to pay tribute to their success and to honor the commitment of the faculty who so successfully engage students in learning through discovery,” he said. Hundreds of students will be honored at the ceremony on Friday, June 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Colleges Nine and Ten Multipurpose Room.

A new event this year is the Graduate Research Symposium, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 2 at the Graduate Student Commons. The event is designed “to bring together the graduate student community and celebrate the interesting, useful, and diverse research activities that our graduate students carry out,” said Lisa Sloan, associate dean of Graduate Studies.

“We also hope that this event will showcase these research activities to the larger campus and local community, and that it inspires our undergraduates to consider pursuing graduate education in their own futures.”

A wide variety of undergraduate research projects conducted by students in the Division of Physical and Biological Sciences and the Jack Baskin School of Engineering will be showcased at the Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium. The symposium will be at the Thimann Courtyard on Thursday, June 2, 2–4 p.m. In the event of rain, the posters will be displayed in the lobby of the Earth and Marine Sciences Building.

Other events include:

Environmental Studies Program Symposium. The symposium is a compilation of students’ research projects and is composed of visual and written material. Wednesday, June 1, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Interdisciplinary Science Building, Room 221.

The Faculty Mentor Program research colloqium. The Faculty Mentor Program is a two-quarter undergraduate research program designed to encourage and prepare Educational Opportunity Program students for future graduate study in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Students will present their research projects from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1 and noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, at Bay Tree Conference Room D.

Don Giovanni. The UCSC Opera Theater will give several performances of Mozart's tragicomic opera about the demise of a notorious seducer. The opera is presented by the UCSC Music Department. Music Center Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, June 2-4; Sunday, June 5, at 2 p.m.; admission charged. (See Currents story for more details)

Spring 2005 Open Studios. The UCSC Art Department presents student work in the studios and courtyard of the Elena Baskin Visual Arts Center. All media, including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, and book arts. Friday, June 3, noon to 4 p.m.; free.

Print sale/photography sale. The annual Print Sale is an opportunity to see the professional quality of UCSC’s printmaking program and facilities. Hundreds of original prints will be for sale in a variety of media. Friday, June 3, and Saturday, June 4; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, Baskin Visual Arts Room G-101. The event runs in conjunction with the Photography Sale, featuring students’ work in Baskin Visual Arts on Friday, June 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Student film screening. Join Professor Eli Hollander and the students of Film 172, Film and Video Studio, for a screening of final projects at the end of the quarter. Friday, June 3, 7:30 to 11 p.m. in the Media Theater; free.

The Irwin Scholars Exhibition 2005. This show features the work of Irwin Scholarship recipients in a wide variety of art forms including painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, installation, and mixed media. Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery through June 11; Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.; free.

Illustrating Nature. The annual exhibit displays work from students in the Science Illustration Program. Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., through June 5, Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, 1305 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz. Admission, $2.50.

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