A global research university with an uncommon emphasis on undergraduate research and education, UC Santa Cruz is part of the world’s most celebrated system of public higher education, and stands among the most renowned institutions of higher learning.
Scientist Andy Yeh was awarded a nearly $2.5 million grant to develop artificial enzymes that can produce bioluminescence in the body—which could make it possible to image tumors in deep tissues during the earliest phases of disease.
An international team of researchers on an expedition co-led by UC Santa Cruz Professor Christina Ravelo collected cores of fossil coral off the coast of Hawai’i to look for signs of climate and sea-level change over the past half million years.
Sowing Seeds: Filipino American Stories from the Pajaro Valley at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art And History highlights the vitality, struggles, and resilience of the Central Coast’s Filipino migrant community.
Undergraduates have the unique opportunity to participate in world-class research, both creative and scientific, at UC Santa Cruz. Both undergrad and graduate students gain academic experience and career exploration as they engage in the pursuit of knowledge.
Research with impact
Research programs and units
The campus’s research activities range from small groups within academic departments to large units with connections outside UC Santa Cruz.