Four undergraduate and four graduate students in the College of Letters and Science at UC Santa Barbara have been selected to receive awards for outstanding academic achievement. They will be recognized at commencement exercises June 17 and 18.
Marina Stephanie Quintanilla, who is graduating with bachelor of art degrees in global and feminist studies, will receive the Luis Leal Social Sciences Undergraduate Award for outstanding interdisciplinary achievement in the social sciences. The award was established in honor of the late Don Luis Leal, a distinguished visiting professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, whose presence and scholarship greatly enriched the Santa Barbara campus.
Marcus Emanuel Vicari, who is graduating with a bachelor of science degree in biopsychology, 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 and Terry H. Dearborn, associate professors of physical education at UCSB.
Amanda Chen, who has completed bachelor of art degrees in medieval studies, classics and linguistics, 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.
Cheryl Ellen Wilson, who is graduating with a bachelor of art degree in history, will receive the Deans’ Outstanding Senior Award in recognition of her outstanding scholarship and contributions to the campus community. The award is given on behalf of the deans of the College of Letters and Science.
Lynette Arnold, who has completed her Ph.D. in linguistics, is the recipient of the Winifred and Louis Lancaster Dissertation Award for Humanities and Fine Arts.
Kevin Johnson, who has completed his Ph.D. in ecology, evolution and marine biology is the recipient of the Winifred and Louis Lancaster Dissertation Award for Biological and Life Sciences.
In addition, recipients of the Dixon-Levy Graduate Student Association Service Award include Melissa Barthelemy, a Ph.D. candidate in public history; Kyle Crocco, a Ph.D. candidate in the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education; Inés Talamantez, an associate professor of religious studies; and Mark Wilber, a graduate student in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology.
Honorable mentions are presented to Erin Adamson, a Ph.D. candidate in linguistics; David Stamps, a Ph.D. candidate in communication; and Tricia Taylor, the graduate program advisor and undergraduate advisor in the Department of Communication.
Named for UCSB graduate students Travis Dixon and Alan Levy, the award recognizes service to the university through Graduate Student Association elected office as well as through other forms of advocacy for graduate students.