Your gift honors the memory of a founding science faculty member who helped make UC Santa Cruz a science powerhouse and a supportive incubator of student excellence. The annual Garrison award recognizes Ocean Sciences graduate students who have shown exceptional scholarship and service, either through their teaching or community outreach.
Your gift supports students from the first day of class to graduation and beyond by linking them with resources that prepare them for careers or graduate school in ecology and conservation. CAMINO offers diverse, well-trained mentors, connects students with funded research and field-based opportunities, and sustains a supportive, inclusive community.
Building a Better Fieldwork Future prepares students, researchers, and instructors to maintain well-being in field settings through trainings to prevent, intervene in, and respond to sexual harassment and assault, to make scientific fieldwork a safe and inclusive place.
To continue alumnus Michael Tudor’s legacy of intellectual inquiry and exploration of the natural world, the Michael Tudor Memorial Award has been established to celebrate and realize Michael’s passion through undergraduate scholarship in ecology and evolutionary biology.
Your gift will promote diversity by supporting Ocean Sciences PhD students who have experienced situations or conditions that have adversely impacted their advancement in their field of study.
Give in memory of Dr. John Pearse and his legacy of dedication to students and experiential education through field courses.
Your gift supports an interdisciplinary graduate program that prepares students to design and implement solutions to the complex social, ecological, and technological problems facing the world’s coastal communities and ecosystems.
Your gift supports rich experiential learning and research opportunities for students in the biological sciences. Our instructional greenhouses host over 5000 students each year for hands-on activities exploring an alluring botanical collection. These opportunities change lives and potentially our planet for the better by inspiring the next generation of scientists.
Your gift supports excellence in teaching and research in ocean ecology, ocean biogeochemistry, paleoceanography, and ocean circulation and climate.
Your gift provides grants to undergraduate students working on research projects in science and technology, covering costs associated with conducting research and a stipend.
Your gift supports fellowships for graduate students in our Department of Mathematics.
Your gift supports the exploration of fundamental questions in mathematics and ensures students develop expertise needed for advanced training.
Your gift supports research and graduate training aimed at studying how environmental poisons and pathogens harm humans and other living things.
Your gift supports world-class research and education on local, regional, and global issues that affect the health of our oceans and, ultimately, our own quality of life.
Your gift plays a vital role in presenting and interpreting marine science research to young visitors, their parents, and the general public.
Your gift supports a state-of-the-art chemical screening center—modern equipment, libraries, technical assistance, screens, and data analysis—for identifying new agents to address neglected and complex diseases.
Your gift trains undergraduates and graduate students in conducting original research on plants and animals to understand behavior and physiology, conservation biology, ecology, and evolution.
Your gift supports the search for evidence of life beyond Earth, the limits of planetary habitability, and the origins of life on other planets and ocean worlds.
Your gift supports research and professional development for undergraduates and graduate students in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences.
Your gift supports research, education, and alumni activities in Earth and planetary science, including hydrogeology, tectonics, geology, paleontology, climate studies, environmental science, seismology, mineral and rock physics, atmospheric science, and planetary physics.
Your gift supports awards for students in Earth and marine science: one is an individual undergraduate award, and the other is for a research project by an undergraduate mentored by a graduate student.
Your gift supports the development of innovative approaches to protect, enhance, and improve the availability and reliability of groundwater resources.
Your gift supports an undergraduate Earth sciences major who demonstrates ability and enthusiasm in applying science to present environmental issues, shows leadership and character in non-academic activities, and enjoys the outdoors.
Your gift supports thesis-related research by graduate students in our Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences and honors one of the department’s most influential and inspiring faculty members, J. Casey Moore.
Your gift carries on the legacy of the founding chair of Earth Sciences at UC Santa Cruz and his wife by providing graduate fellowships in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences.
Gifts to the excellence fund maximize your impact on student scholarships, diversity, research projects, and new research facilities in the sciences at UC Santa Cruz.
Your gift provides a community where students from culturally, ethnically, and economically varied backgrounds achieve academic success through science problem-solving sessions, study and communication skills, and networking.
Your gift makes it possible for undergraduates in Earth and Planetary Sciences to participate in summer field camp, an iconic experience that satisfies the capstone course requirement for all undergraduates.
Your gift supports university teaching, research, and public service on a wild, pristine coastal ecosystem on the Big Sur coast—a natural laboratory for tackling the state’s environmental issues.
Your gift supports university teaching, research, and public service on a 72-acre protected natural area located on the UC Santa Cruz Coastal Science Campus—a natural laboratory for coastal wetland study and restoration.
Your gift supports university teaching, research, and public service on this 600-acre former army base, and protects at-risk habitats and species in the maritime chaparral ecosystem.
Your gift supports university teaching, research, and public service on the 410-acre natural reserve set aside on the UC Santa Cruz campus.
Your gift supports university teaching, research, and public service on five natural reserves operated by UC Santa Cruz: Año Nuevo Island, Landels-Hill Big Creek, Fort Ord, Younger Lagoon, and the Campus Natural Reserve.
Your gift supports research, teaching, student experience, public service, and stewardship on an important breeding ground and home for dozens of species, including northern elephant seals.
Your gift turns scientists into journalists through an intensive nine-month boot camp that includes newswriting, feature writing, profiles and essays, investigative and policy reporting, international reporting, and multimedia storytelling.
Your gift supports raptor conservation that uses the example of the Peregrine Falcon recovery as an inspiration for tackling today’s environmental challenges and engages students and citizen scientists to get involved.
Your gift supports research and education programs for all students at UC Santa Cruz doing plant studies.
Your gift supports the care of a variety of exotic animals trained to voluntarily participate in numerous conservation endeavors and educational experiences.