Awards and Scholarships

Humanities Undergraduate Research Award (HUGRA)

Up to 10 awards of $500 are given each year. No constraints on the expenditure of the stipend. Top proposal will receive the Bertha N. Melkonian prize and an additional $500.

Any project involving research within or including any of the humanities disciplines is eligible.

Instructions and applications are available at the Humanities Division website. 


2017: Francesca Hovagimian "Researching the Differences Between the Ethics Bowl Model and Traditional Debate"

2016: Jasmin Aleman "Waging War: The Ethics of Following Orders"


Dr. Raihan Kadri Memorial Scholarship

Established in 2015-16 to honor the passing of Philosophy alumnus Dr. A. Raihan Kadri, an award of $1500 will be granted to a Philosophy major who demonstrates a commitment to the field of Philosophical studies and has financial need.

The recipient of this scholarship will also receive a copy of Dr. Kadri's book "Reimagining Life: Philosophical Pessimism and the Revolution of Surrealism".

As a student, Raihan Kadri received the HUGRA award in 1997 with David Hoy as his mentor and graduated with highest honors in 1998. He continued his education at the University of Essex in England, receiving his MA in Continental Philosophy (2001) and his PhD in Art History and Theory (2007). Some of his areas of specialization included Surrealism and Modern Intellectual History. Raihan died tragically at the age of 36 from a ruptured aneurysm in August 2014.

2018: Paula Lopez

2017: Samantha Dice

2016: Corey Piggot 


Dean, Chancellor, and Steck Awards

The five deans award fifty undergraduates (ten from each division) a cash prize of $100 for outstanding achievement.

Projects must be based on work developed in courses or programs in the normal pattern of academic activity at UCSC.

Of the Deans' awardees, the top three from each division are awarded the Chancellor's Undergraduate Award with an additional cash prize of $500.

Of the Chancellor's awardees, the most outstanding research project from a graduating senior receives the Steck Award with an additional cash prize of $1,000.

Completed projects and applications are due to the faculty sponsor’s department in early April. Guidelines and applications are available mid-January from the offices of the Chancellor, Divisions, Departments, and Colleges. Check for more information.

2018 Misa Hayashi, "Designating 'Human' Versus 'Other' in a Post-Human World: A Pragmatic Approach to the Problem of Human Essence” (Rasmus Winther)

2016 Francesca Hovagimian, "The Qualifications (or Lack Thereof) of Epiephenomenal Qualia" (Janette Dinishak)


Koret Undergraduate Research Scholarships (Not available 2019-20)

The Divisions of Student Success and Undergraduate Education, with funding from the San Francisco-based Koret Foundation awarded 50 scholarships of $1500 in January 2017. Students in any major or discipline may propose an undergraduate research project. Up to an additional $500 is available for materials and expenses. Read more about the scholarships and requirements here: .


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