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)} Lick Observatory kicks off popular Summer Series

    Natalie Batalha, who earned her doctorate in astrophysics from UC Santa Cruz, was the keynote scientist on the second evening of the 37th annual Summer Series at the Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton.

  • ${_EscapeTool.xml(imgAlt)} New graduates head into two-year teaching corps

    Five UC Santa Cruz graduates are joining about 6,800 new graduates and professionals who have committed to work two years in rural and urban schools as part of Teach For America

  • ${_EscapeTool.xml(imgAlt)} Campus preparing for commencement 2017

    More than 4,800 UCSC students are earning undergraduate and graduate degrees for work completed during the 2016-2017 academic year.

  • ${_EscapeTool.xml(imgAlt)} Accelerating success: 5 startups chosen to jump-start businesses

    The UC Santa Cruz Office of Research will provide $500,000 to the accelerator program, which serves early-stage technology businesses that have a product but haven’t started selling it. The accelerator will be run by Santa Cruz Works, a local nonprofit that supports science and technology companies.

  • Students present diversity project to state leaders

    Student leaders presented a diversity project that received one-time state funding through the UC Office of the President.

  • ${_EscapeTool.xml(imgAlt)} STEM Diversity graduation honors student achievement

    "You are already catalyzing change," a speaker told students at the end-of-year celebration for graduating seniors and others in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

  • ${_EscapeTool.xml(imgAlt)} Koret scholars present research at poster slam

    The Koret Scholars Undergraduate Research Slam will feature poster presentations about topics as diverse as a protein link to heart disease, female authorship in science fiction and horror genres, and the qualitative impact that research opportunities can have on the undergrad experience.

  • ${_EscapeTool.xml(imgAlt)} Hands-on learning is the name of the game in archaeology

    In a unique partnership, UC Santa Cruz is collaborating with California State Parks, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, and a private firm to give students hands-on experience in archaeology.

  • ${_EscapeTool.xml(imgAlt)} 'Zoot Suit' still relevant four decades later

    When Zoot Suit premiered at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in 1978, it was more than just an instant success. As former Los Angeles Times theater critic Sylvie Drake recently observed, “it exploded on the stage with the force of a sociopolitical A-bomb.”

  • ${_EscapeTool.xml(imgAlt)} High school students wrestle with ethical quandaries

    With coaching from the UC Santa Cruz Ethics Bowl team, underrepresented students from regional high schools gathered to discuss thorny questions on topics ranging from white privilege to sports and gender at the second annual Invitational Ethics Bowl.

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