David Weld Receives NSF CAREER Award
The Brain Game
Mountain Man
Bacteria switch between antibiotic susceptible-to-resistant states during infection using a Trojan horse strategy. Photo Credit: ILLUSTRATION BY PETER ALLEN
Art of Science

UC Santa Barbara offers a dynamic scientific community, world-class research and scholarship, and innovative courses and programs. Studying in the Division of Mathematical, Life and Physical Sciences, whether as an undergraduate or graduate, gives our students outstanding preparation for careers in the sciences, industry, business or for continued academic research.


Mathematical, Life, and Physical Sciences in the news
April 25, 2016

UCSB researchers and Dutch colleagues discover a promising new route for combined optical and solid state-based quantum information processing

April 22, 2016
  • Bruce Luyendyk

The U.S. Board on Geographic Names honors UC Santa Barbara professor
Bruce Luyendyk by naming a peak in Antarctica after him

April 19, 2016
  • Professor John Martinis

Aluminum on sapphire qubits provide proof of concept for surface codes and digitzed evolution.

April 5, 2016
  • Often pollen must compete with other pollen for access to eggs, as shown here on the stigma of Hibiscus moscheutos.  Photo Credit:  Jacob A. Edwards

Often pollen must compete with other pollen for access to eggs, as shown here on the stigma of Hibiscus moscheutos.
Photo Credit:  Jacob A. Edwards


Divisional announcements and opportunities

The Otis Williams Fund at the Santa Barbara Foundation will provide two years of support for post-doctoral research training at the interface of biology and engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara. This fellowship is intended to support traditional biomedical fields such as biochemistry, molecular biology, and cell biology coupled with UCSB's unique strengths in materials, computing, and mechanical, chemical, and electrical engineering. The highest priority applications would be interdisciplinary bioengineering projects, potentially in partnership with other members of the medical research, education and delivery fields in Santa Barbara. Application deadline is May 15, 2016.

Funded through a generous $47,000 gift from international business leader and entrepreneur Harvey Karp, the Harvey L. Karp Discovery Award is intended to provide seed funding to the most exceptional young postdocs at UC Santa Barbara early in their careers and support their innovative research. Applications due: May 15, 2016

  • Gus Gurley

We are pleased to announce that Gus Gurley will be the 2016 Science Commencement Speaker.  Gus has a B.S. degree in Physics and a M.S., Physics, Scientific Instrumentation, both from UCSB.


  • Charles Jones and Leila Carvalho

Two UCSB climate scientists, Leila Carvalho and Charles Jones, edit a new book about the Earth's regional and global monsoon systems.