Honors & awards

Selina Brinkmann

Selina Brinkmann becomes UC Merced’s first Rhodes Scholar

Master’s student Selina Brinkmann has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship for study at Oxford University — a first for the campus.

UC San Diego 2021 Sloan recipients

19 UC faculty awarded 2021 Sloan Research Fellowships

The prestigious award is granted to promising researchers across six campuses and Berkeley Lab.

Shuji Nakamura in front of a blackboard with lights

How a Nobel Prize — and a prize from Queen Elizabeth — are won

Shuji Nakamura’s efforts have changed the world, earning him the 2021 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.

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In conversation: UC’s 2020 Nobel Prize winners on changing the world through scientific discovery

Celebrate the University of California’s newest Nobel laureates and hear their reflections on the value and impact of scientific discovery in this recorded conversation with UC President Michael V. Drake, M.D., and UC Board of Regents Chair John A. Pérez.

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Each UC campus is among the best in the world, new US News rankings say

Four UCs make the top 25 and eight make the top 100 in a new global survey.

Fred Moten

Meet UC’s 5 new MacArthur ‘genius’ award winners

Four UC alums and one faculty member will each receive a $625,000 unrestricted prize, or “genius grant,” as 2020 MacArthur fellows.

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And now, the winner of the Ig Nobel Prize ...

Richard Vetter's work on how spiders terrorize those who study them nets him a parody Nobel.

Charlie Townes with Reinhard Genzel

UC Berkeley played big role in Nobel Prize-winning work

Reinhard Genzel realized his mentor Charles Townes’ dream of exploring the center of the Milky Way on his way to his own Nobel Prize.

Doudna reacts with surprise to her win

Jennifer Doudna wins 2020 Nobel Prize in chemistry

Jennifer Doudna, UC Berkeley and UCSF professor and Berkeley Lab faculty scientist, shares the prize with Emmanuelle Charpentier for their discovery of CRISPR-Cas9 as a tool for making targeted changes to the genome.

Andrea Ghez

UCLA and UC Berkeley faculty share the 2020 Nobel Prize in physics

Andrea Ghez and Reinhard Genzel will share half the 2020 Nobel in physics for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the center of our galaxy.