Advancing Academic Excellence

Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry Carrie Patch.

Our award-winning faculty currently includes 35 members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 25 members of the American Academy of Arts and Science, and 12 members of the National Academy of Sciences.

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The Growing Our Own Initiative aims to increase the number of UC bachelor’s degree recipients who get an academic doctoral degree and to increase the number and proportion of UC Ph.D. enrollees from UC Santa Cruz.

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UCSC provides a path of professional development for faculty through our EVC Fellows Academy.

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The Hellman Fellows Program advances the careers of promising assistant professors who show capacity for great distinction in their research through endowed research fellowships.

Faculty and student researchers

As a global research university, UC Santa Cruz has been recognized both nationally and internationally for its world-class teaching and innovative research. Work on the Strategic Academic Plan (SAP) can be found on the SAP website.