High School Students Inspired to Achieve UC

Chancellor Khosla and University of California President Janet Napolitano speak to high school students.

A degree from the University of California is achievable, affordable and within reach. This was the central message delivered to hundreds of Morse High School students by University of California President Janet Napolitano and UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla at this year’s Achieve UC event.

The event served as an opportunity to announce Morse High School as one of UC San Diego’s newest partners in the Chancellor’s Associates Scholars Program, a scholarship and student success program that has expanded this year to include eligible students from across California. Khosla highlighted how the program growth is a game-changer for the 22 eligible Morse High School seniors who were recently admitted to UC San Diego.

Chancellor Khosla visited Morse High School to speak with newly admitted students.

“When it comes to college, money should never be a fear or reason that stops you,” Khosla said to students at the rally-style event in the school’s auditorium. “My commitment to you, starting today, is that you are now eligible for a four-year, loan-free education at UC San Diego.”

In addition, Chancellor Khosla shared that UC San Diego Extension will soon also offer A-G courses online—a series of courses students must complete to be eligible for UC admission—at no charge to all San Diego Unified students, making it easier and more affordable for students to meet the requirements of admission to the University of California.

Welcoming California’s Fastest Growing Population

Chancellor Khosla speaking at Latinx/Chicanx Initiative event.

Today, Latinx/Chicanx students are among the fastest growing population in California. To advance its goal of inclusive excellence, UC San Diego launched the Latinx/Chicanx Academic Excellence Initiative. Hundreds of staff, faculty, students and community members attended a celebration event on Apr. 23 to learn more about the campuswide program, led by the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

At the event, Chancellor Khosla spoke about how this initiative is one of many that have sprouted from the university’s first Strategic Plan. “We articulated really clearly that this is going to be a diverse, inclusive institution. And it's going to be a goal, not just a nice thing to do, or something that we aspire to,” he said.

Latinx/Chicanx Academic Excellence Initiative meeting.

“We have slowly but steadily increased the population of Latinx and Chicanx students, and for the right reasons. If you look at our K-12 population, nearly half are Latinx/Chicanx. We want to make sure that we are reflecting what the state is becoming.”

At the heart of the Latinx/Chicanx Academic Excellence Initiative is an acknowledgement that student success is not just about academic success. It is about affirming identity, celebrating culture and recognizing diverse backgrounds—all of which contribute to a positive college experience. UC San Diego has made significant advances in the development and expansion of programs and services to increase Latinx/Chicanx student access and success, from summer transition programs and campus community centers to student success coaches and tailored academic resources.

Faculty Celebrated for Extraordinary Teaching, Research and Service

UC San Diego Faculty Excellence Award honorees 2018-19Faculty Excellence Award honorees 2018-19. From left to right, Executive Vice Chancellor Elizabeth H. Simmons, Professor Jens Lykke-Andersen; Professor Olivia Graeve, Professor Christine Alvarado, Professor Craig Callender, Professor Robert Brill and Chancellor's Associates Selection Committee Chair Peggy Matarese ’82, MD ’86.

On Apr. 18, six outstanding UC San Diego faculty members were honored at the 45th annual Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards for innovative research, extraordinary teaching and making a difference in the community.

“These talented scholars are blazing entirely new ways of thinking, inspiring new generations of students through research and redefining how learning happens in the classroom,” said Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “I commend this year’s Faculty Excellence Award honorees for their novel explorations, dedication to teaching and service to our community.”

Faculty Excellence Award reception.Image on left: Professor Robert Brill and Chancellor's Associates Council Chair Sandy Timmons. Image on right: Professor Christine Alvarado, Professor Olivia Graeve and EVC Elizabeth H. Simmons.

The recipients of the 2018-19 Chancellor’s Associates Faculty Excellence Awards are: Professor of Philosophy Craig Callender for Excellence in Research in Humanities and Social Sciences; Professor of NanoEngineering and Materials Science Y. Shirley Meng for Excellence in Research in Science and Engineering; Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Olivia Graeve for Excellence in Community Service; Professor of Scenic Design Robert Brill for Excellence in the Performing and Visual Arts; Teaching Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Christine Alvarado for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching; and Professor of Molecular Biology Jens Lykke-Andersen for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.

For these awards, faculty members are nominated by their academic peers in recognition of their exemplary contributions to the university. Final selections are made by a committee of Chancellor’s Associates donors. Each honoree receives a commendation and $2,500.

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