Four UC Santa Barbara Graduates Win Top Academic Awards

Wednesday, June 13, 2007 - 17:00
Santa Barbara, CA

Four graduating seniors in the College of Letters and Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, have been selected to receive awards for outstanding academic achievement at commencement exercises on June 16 and 17.

Phillip Andrew Dawkins, a political science major from Elk Grove, will receive the Luis Leal Social Sciences Undergraduate Award for outstanding interdisciplinary achievement in the social sciences. The award was established in honor of Don Luis Leal, a distinguished visiting professor of Chicano Studies whose presence and scholarship have greatly enriched the Santa Barbara campus. (Dawkins also is also a recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research.)

Timothy William Dutton Cody, of Volcano, who is majoring in ecology, evolution, and marine biology, will receive the Francis Colville and Terry Dearborn Memorial Award for outstanding academic achievement as an honors student majoring in the sciences. The award was established in memory of Francis M. Colville, associate professor of physical education at UCSB, and Terry H. Dearborn.

Katherine Jeanne Rushton, a linguistics major from Ukiah, will receive the William R. Reardon Undergraduate Award for outstanding academic achievement in an arts or humanities discipline. The award is named for William R. Reardon, a UCSB professor emeritus of dramatic art and former associate dean in the College of Letters and Science.

Chelsea Marie Retzloff, of Eureka, who has a double major in chemistry and dance, will receive the Daniel G. Aldrich, Jr. Outstanding Senior Award in recognition of her outstanding scholarship and contributions to the campus community. The award was established in memory of Daniel G. Aldrich, Jr., who served as chancellor and professor of soils and plant nutrition at UC Irvine and as acting chancellor at UCSB.

The College of Letters and Science is the largest college at UCSB and the third largest in the UC system. The college enrolls about 16,000 students--80 percent of all UCSB undergraduates--and offers nearly 80 majors and interdisciplinary programs and more than 30 academic minors.