MCS Honors, Awards, and Scholarships

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  • Marine and Coastal Science Major Honors at Graduation
  • College of Biological Sciences

    Students graduating from the College of Biological Sciences are eligible for Departmental Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors depending on their GPA. This is calculated automatically and added to students’ final transcripts.

    College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

    Students graduating from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are eligible for Departmental Honors, High Honors, or Highest Honors depending on their GPA. This is calculated automatically and added to students' final transcripts.

    College of Letters & Science

    Students graduating from the College of Letters & Science are eligible for Departmental Honors, depending on their GPA and whether or not they complete a Senior Thesis.

    Students who graduate with a GPA in the top percentages of their college will automatically graduate with Honors.

    Students who qualify for Honors at graduation may also be eligible for High Honors or Highest Honors, based upon the quality of their Senior Thesis (course number 194A-194B) or Senior Honors Thesis (course number 194HA-194HB). Students must have a qualifying GPA to be eligible to enroll in the Senior Honors Thesis. The thesis must span two quarters and be supervised by a faculty member approved in advance by the MCSci Faculty Advisors. A Thesis that is approved in advance can be counted toward the "Internship/Research" requirement for the Marine and Coastal Science major.

    Students interested in obtaining an Honors Cord to wear at commencement may purchase them through the bookstore.

  • Graduating Senior Awards
  • Students graduating between September through June each year may be eligible for awards given specifically to graduating seniors. These prestigious awards are added as a notation to your official transcript upon graduation.

    College of Biological Sciences

    • All students with a GPA of 3.7 or more upon graduation will receive a "Departmental Citation".

    • Students with a 3.5 GPA or more in upper division coursework are invited to apply for the "Citation for Outstanding Performance", also known as the "CBS Distinguished Scholar Award". Applications are due in February on the CBS Graduating Senior Awards website.

     

    College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and College of Letters and Science

    • All students with a GPA of 3.7 or more upon graduation will receive a "Departmental Citation".

    • Students with a 3.5 GPA or more in upper division coursework are invited to apply for the "Citation for Outstanding Performance". Faculty may also nominate students for this award. To apply, send an email to mcs-advisors@ucdavis.edu with your full name, overall GPA, upper division GPA (OASIS can help calculate this), and a short paragraph describing your involvement in the Marine and Coastal Science major. These applications are due by March 15th each year. This involvement can be defined as, but is not limited to: leadership in a club associated with the MCS major or CMSI; completing a research project, senior thesis, or internship relating to marine science; service as a BML or departmental Peer Advisor, CMSI mentor, or other type of support to other students; service on a committee within the department or CMSI; or other involvement to the university as a whole.

     

  • Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences scholarships
    • Scholarships in Geology and Marine and Coastal Science (GeMS). The UC Davis Earth and Planetary Sciences department has funds from the National Science Foundation (S-STEM Program) for undergraduate scholarships of up to $8,000, potentially renewable for multiple years. Junior College and Community College students planning to apply for admission to UC Davis as Geology or Marine and Coastal Science majors (in the College of Letters & Science) are encouraged to apply.

  • BML
  • Research Funding
    • The Undergraduate Research Center lists many internal and external sources of funding for students conducting research projects.

    • The Provost's Undergraduate Fellowship is a prestigious campus-wide fellowship awarded to students pursuing a research project, often a senior thesis, designed to help alleviate research costs.

    • The McNair Scholars Program prepares underrepresented students to enter graduate school for their PhD by providing a paid summer research internship, travel funds, and support programs throughout the year.

    • The UC LEADS program prepares disadvantaged students in STEM students to enter graduate school for their PhD by providing paid research experiences, travel funds, and support programs.

    • Summer Research Fellowships in Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Sciences. The College of Biological Sciences and Department of Evolution and Ecology announces summer undergraduate research fellowships supported by the Kendra M Chan fellowship and the Nieland Family Fund. These awards provide a stipend to allow undergraduate students to conduct full time independent research under the direction of a faculty member in the Department of Evolution and Ecology or at the Bodega Marine Laboratory. The awards are open to undergraduate students in the College of Biological Sciences. The selection of Award recipients will be based on academic merit, research interests and potential. Fellowship recipients will receive approximately $5,000 for a 10-week internship. Applications usually due in winter quarter. Contact: Professor Jay Stachowicz (jjstachowicz@ucdavis.edu).

    • If you already are doing research in a faculty member's lab, they might be able to apply for an REU supplement to pay you a stipend if their research is funded by the NSF. They can find more information at https://www.nsf.gov/bio/supp.jsp.

  • UC Davis Funding
  • External sources of funding