Awards

Aug 12, 2020
They’re alive, they’re inside you, and there are trillions of them. But what they are, exactly, is still very much a mystery. “They” are bacteria that have no genetic relation to you, but which call…
Jul 28, 2020
On July 15, Professor Don Blake got a letter letting him know that the UC Irvine Academic Senate had awarded him their Better World Award, which recognizes the impact...
Jul 14, 2020
Irvine, Calif. – The National Science Foundation has awarded $18 million to the University of California, Irvine in support of a new materials research science and engineering center. UCI is one of three MRSECs newly funded by the NSF in 2020, joining 16 other existing centers at leading research institutions in the United States.
Jun 25, 2020
The U.S. Department of Energy has chosen Houlin Xin, UCI assistant professor of physics & astronomy, as an awardee in its DOE Office of Science Early Career Research Program.
Jun 23, 2020
This year, UCI granted degrees to 9,907 undergraduate students. And in a testament to the university's dedication to access and affordability, 47 percent of those bachelor’s degrees went to first-generation college students. In place of the large commencement event take normally takes place at the Bren Events Center, graduates were honored during virtual ceremonies.
May 22, 2020
Ideas can come from everywhere. They can ignite when one imagines, for instance, that there could be a connection between the light that a firefly creates and the cells in our bodies, or that there might be a way to better manage fires in the Amazon rainforest by fingerprinting the different varieties of fire that blaze there. Such ideas led eight of our School’s graduate students this year to win the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Student Research Fellowship — a research fellowship…
May 22, 2020
Nobody in Katy Rodriguez Wimberly’s family does anything similar to what she does for a living, so when she heard that she won UCI’s Latino Excellence and Achievement Award, she knew that one of the reasons why was due to how out of the ordinary it was for her to come to UCI to get her PhD.
May 15, 2020
About ten years ago, teaching courses online was still in its infancy, and many people saw the practice as mostly “gimmicky,” explains Professor Philip Collins of the UCI Department of Physics & Astronomy. But that didn’t stop Collins from moving his classes online long before most others followed suit. He has worked to improve online course delivery ever since, and for his ongoing efforts Collins recently received the Excellence in Digital Learning Award from UCI.
Apr 24, 2020
WHAT DID THE 2010 EARLY CAREER AWARD ALLOW YOU TO DO? The motility of electrons within a molecule is at the very heart of chemistry. Moving electrons drive molecular reactions and allow electrical conductance. Despite the fundamental nature of electron flow within molecules, it has remained extraordinarily difficult to measure the exact spatial and temporal electron dynamics in molecular systems.
Mar 10, 2020
The Simons Foundation awards fellowships to mathematicians and theoretical physicists with remarkable bodies of work.
Mar 6, 2020
On February 19, Professors Eric Rignot, Timothy Tait and Jenny Yang all received 2019-2020 Distinguished Faculty Awards from the UCI Academic Senate during an evening ceremony at the Newkirk Alumni Center. The professors swept the Senates’ research awards categories; Professor Rignot received the Distinguished Senior Faculty Award for Research, while Professors Yang and Tait received the Distinguished Mid-Career Faculty Award for Research and the Distinguished Early-Career Faculty Award for…
Nov 26, 2019
Irvine, Calif., Nov. 26, 2019 — Nine University of California, Irvine researchers in areas ranging from neurodevelopment and chemical synthesis to labor economics and library sciences have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society.