Banana Slugs: Think it. Dare it. Do it.

UC Santa Cruz students are a different breed. They're not satisfied with the status quo—so they make their own. They're the type of student who embraces the quirkiness of the Banana Slug mascot while holding a fierce desire to make the world a better place.

They are actively building the community they want to live in. They are preparing their wings to fly, and we never tire of watching them soar.

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  • ${_EscapeTool.xml(imgAlt)} Steck Award recipient aims to study disease, help society

    Josh Gu is this year’s winner of the Steck Family Award, which honors the best senior thesis completed during the academic year, with the winner chosen from the Chancellor's Award candidates. He earned a degree in bioengineering with a biomolecular concentration.

  • ${_EscapeTool.xml(imgAlt)} Master's degree approved for Science Communication Program

    The UC Santa Cruz Science Communication Program will award students a M.S. degree in science communication starting in fall 2018.

  • ${_EscapeTool.xml(imgAlt)} Diverse campus landscapes are ideal outdoor laboratories—and classrooms

    UC Santa Cruz is known for its beautiful landscapes, but its meadows, forests, farm fields, and coastal bluffs also support a range of scientific research and hands-on learning opportunities for students.

  • ${_EscapeTool.xml(imgAlt)} Sammy Showcase features VR and video games from UCSC game design students

    The public is invited to a fun, family-friendly game festival on Saturday, June 9, at the UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus in Santa Clara.

  • ${_EscapeTool.xml(imgAlt)} Undergraduate builds handcrafted bee hotels to attract pollinators

    Mindful that the population of European honeybees is crashing worldwide due to Colony Collapse Disorder, Environmental Studies senior Forest Peri wanted to make a welcoming home for native bees.

  • ${_EscapeTool.xml(imgAlt)} Sue Carter named provost for Rachel Carson College

    Professor Sue Carter said her vision for Rachel Carson College is to strengthen its role in supporting students as they seek to create a more sustainable future and make it a place for them to gain skills needed for green careers in which they can develop sustainable innovations to preserve the environment.

  • ${_EscapeTool.xml(imgAlt)} The bone whisperer

    Forensic anthropologist Alison Galloway will retire from teaching this year, but her wisdom will live on through new online course that teaches both technical skills and the things you don’t find in textbooks.

  • ${_EscapeTool.xml(imgAlt)} Undergraduate Eric Medina wins $15,000 Strauss Scholarship to reinvigorate Oakes Garden

    Eric Medina, a fourth year at UC Santa Cruz double majoring in ecology and evolutionary biology and Latin American and Latino studies, has received a $15,000 public service scholarship to reinvigorate the garden at Oakes College.

  • ${_EscapeTool.xml(imgAlt)} Dancing into a community

    The Pagkakaisa Dance Troupe, which promotes Pilipino cultural history and performs traditional folk dances from the Philippines, helps students build both camaraderie and stronger ties to their heritage.

  • ${_EscapeTool.xml(imgAlt)} Making airwaves

    Celebrating 50 years of broadcasting, KZSC continues to offer homegrown programming to the greater Monterey Bay region. The station will have a number of Alumni Weekend events to celebrate the milestone.

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