Established by the Office of the President of the University of California, these awards provide recognition to graduating seniors and a faculty member who have distinguished themselves through their excellence in and contribution to undergraduate research.

Elizabeth Levy

2014 CHANCELLOR’S AWARD FOR UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHElizabeth Levy graduates with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Biochemistry. Elizabeth has distinguished herself as a student who far exceeds “the normal expectations for an undergraduate researcher.” She has worked closely with science faculty members and graduate students, and was co-author of a 2013 cover feature in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. Her subsequent inquiry into synthesizing nanoparticles for drug delivery included eight weeks of collaborative study at China’s Fudan University, where she helped to develop a new class of nanocarriers. When she returned to UCSB she used the newfound techniques from China for a new research endeavor in the Research Internship in Science and Engineering scholarship program. The results of that research will likely lead to a first-author publication for her.

Elizabeth also has been cited for her leadership role in UCSB outreach efforts to expose local schoolchildren to science. The results of these efforts are being drafted for publication with Elizabeth cited as the first author. Elizabeth is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and has won numerous campus awards for her scholarship. Praised for her work ethic and her research capabilities, Elizabeth has been described as a “truly excellent student with a genuine future in research science.” She will return to China for further research before applying to graduate school this fall.

Awarded for outstanding academic achievement to a College of Letters and Science honors student majoring in the sciences, in memory of Frances M. Colville, Associate Professor of Physical Education (1955-64), and Terry H. Dearborn, Associate Professor of Physical Education (1940-64).

Elizabeth Davison

FRANCES COLVILLE AND TERRY DEARBORN MEMORIAL AWARDLiz Davison is a double-major graduating with degrees in physics and mathematics. She earned highest honors, research honors and distinction in her major for physics. She completed an honors thesis about dynamic brain function and an honor’s contract for feminist studies. She was on the dean’s list all but her first quarter and earned top marks in physics graduate-level courses.

Liz received the Regents Scholarship and the Duval scholarship.

And this young woman is also an athlete. Liz managed multiple intramural volleyball teams and taught free yoga classes through the Excursion Club.

However, she says the most rewarding activity she has participated in at UCSB was undergraduate research. Liz worked in four different research labs, designing and machining parts for telescopes; modeling systems for atoms; and was awarded a Worster Fellowship for neuroscience and network science inquiry with Professor Jean Carlson. She credits strong female research mentors for helping her succeed and as such has tutored at-risk youth in STEM disciplines.  Liz will pursue her doctorate in mechanical engineering this fall at Princeton with an Upton Fellowship.    

The College of Letters and Sceince Dean's Award recognizes outstanding scholarship and contributions to the campus community by a graduating senior

Allegra Latimer

College of Letters & Science OUTSTANDING SENIOR AWARDAllegra Latimer is graduating with a degree in chemistry. Allegra is a real Renaissance woman, originally studying languages and classics, until she switched to Chemistry at the urging of Professor Martin Moskovits. Allegra credits her mentors for helping her get where she is today and she acts as a mentor herself, working with gradeschoolers in Isla Vista after-school programs and as a tutor. She was co-president of the UCSB Women’s Ensemble Theater Troupe, using theater to call attention to the issue of sexual violence while raising money for the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center.

Part of the prestigious McNair Scholars program, Allegra studied chemistry research at the University of Bordeaux and became fluent in French. She has conducted research in three labs on campus and will be cited as a co-author on four academic publications. Allegra has earned six merit-based scholarships and has received several awards including the Phi Beta Kappa Katherine Esau Key for her achievements in science, and the William L. McRary Prize for the top-graduating student in the Department of Chemistry. Her passion for research and learning has inspired her to become a professor and in the fall she will start her doctorate in chemical engineering at Stanford with a graduate fellowship from the Department of Defense.


Allison Ariniello

SCIENCE STUDENT COMMENCEMENT SPEAKERAllie completed the requirements for the BS in Cell and Developmental Biology.

Allie Ariniello [R-N-L-O] is not your typical student of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.  She is also the CAPTAIN of the UC Santa Barbara Division 1 Women’s Soccer Team. She has just been named the 2014 Big West Scholar-Athlete of the Year and is nominated for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year award.  Her prowess on the field is matched in the classroom, where she earned a 3.81 GPA while conducting research in the (Eduardo) Orias lab.  Allison found time to volunteer in local hospitals and will apply to medical school with the goal of becoming an orthopedic surgeon… but not until after she pursues her dream of attending the World Cup in Brazil!.






Alexander Terenin

ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE STUDENT COMMENCEMENT SPEAKERAlexander Terenin is a double-major graduating with degrees in statistical science and psychology and a minor in Russian.

He’s logged thousands of hours as a student advocate for education and UCSB through his work with Associated Students, most recently serving as the Statewide Organizing Director for the UC Student Association. He played an integral role in the record-breaking voter registration drive in 2012 when UCSB received the national distinction of registering the highest number of voters on a college campus. Academically, Alexander tutored students in calculus and contributed to research developing an artificial intelligence algorithm as part of an undergraduate research program with the NSF. He received academic excellence awards from both the statistics and psychology departments and the College of Letters & Science Dean of Undergraduate Education Award.

Personally he’s a proponent for STEM education and research and the importance of its role in society. His undergraduate experiences have inspired him to continue his studies at UC Santa Cruz where he will pursue a Ph.D. in applied math and statistics.