Honors & awards

Rob Knight in the lab with a colleague

Hundreds of UC faculty named among the world’s Highly Cited Researchers

The University of California system ranks at the top of Clarivate's list, a “who's who” of researchers worldwide.

Nigel Hughes and Mary Droser pose together near a national park sign

A paleontology power pair

Married professors Nigel Hughes and Mary Droser earn top honors in their field.

David Julius with mustache smiling in a UC Berkeley lab, 1983

New Nobelist David Julius was a standout from the start

UC Berkeley colleagues and mentors — including 2013 Nobelist Randy Schekman — share fond memories of a talented and kind young mind.

Ardem Patapoutian

UCLA alumnus Ardem Patapoutian shares 2021 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine

Neuroscientist helped answer fundamental question about how nervous system senses temperature and touch.

David Julius in his office at the UCSF Mission Bay campus.

David Julius wins Nobel Prize for work on pain sensation

From spider venom to chili peppers, Julius explores all avenues to understand the neuroscience of pain. He shares the award jointly with UCLA alum Ardem Patapoutian.

Safiya Noble at computer

UCLA professor, UC Berkeley alums win prestigious MacArthur ‘genius’ grants

Four UC-connected innovators tackling subjects as varied as geology and racial bias in search engines have been awarded prestigious MacArthur fellowships.

Nobel banner

Quiz: How much do you know about the Nobel Prize?

Not everyone can win a Nobel, but this is the next best thing. Prizes are announced starting Oct. 5.

Three students sit under a tree on the Irvine campus

UC earns green accolades from Sierra Club, Princeton Review as a nationwide leader in sustainability

The University of California is once again a leader in sustainability leadership and achievement, according to new rankings.

Royce Hall UCLA

UC campuses earn top spots in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Colleges rankings

Six UC campuses rank among the top 10 public universities in the country, with all nine undergrad campuses among the top 50 in this year’s ranking.

A boy walks next to two fellow students in hijabs on the Berkeley campus

UC is the top college in America, according to new Forbes rankings

America’s Top Colleges finds UC Berkeley to be the best school in America, public or private, with five other UC campuses in the top 50.