The American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies and a center for independent policy research. The following members of the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics have been honored as elected members:
Steve Vogt (2002)
Dannie Heineman Prize - Astrophysics
Awarded jointly by the American Institute of Physics and the American Astronomical Society, the Heineman Prize was established in 1979 to recognize outstanding work in the field of astrophysics.
Sandra Faber (1985) Jerry Nelson (1995)
Helen B Warner Prize
Awarded for a significant contribution to observational or theoretical astronomy during the five years preceding the award.
Robert Kraft (1962) Mark Krumholz (2013)
Henry Norris Russel Lectureship
Chosen on the basis of a lifetime of eminence in astronomical research.
Sandra Faber (2011) Robert Kraft (1995) Donald Osterbrook (1991) Albert Whitford (1986)
Rossi Prize, High Energy Astrophysics Division
Awarded for a significant contribution to high energy astrophysics, with particular emphasis on recent, original work.
Stan Woosley (2005)
Urey Prize - Division for Planetary Sciences
The Urey Prize recognizes and encourages outstanding achievements in planetary sciences by a young scientist.
Jonathan Fortney (2010)
- Carl Sagan Memorial Award
Given to an individual who has demonstrated leadership in research or policies advancing exploration of the Cosmos.Steve Vogt (2002), California and Carnegie Planet Search Team
Recognizes outstanding work in theory, experiment or observation in the areas of astrophysics, nuclear physics, nuclear astrophysics, or closely related fields.
Stan Woosley (2005)
Robert Kraft (2005) Albert Whitford (1996) Donald Osterbrock (1991) Sandra Faber (2012)
Given for recent significant observational results made possible by innovative advances in astronomical instrumentation, software, or observational infrastructure.
Harland Epps, as part of the NICMOS Team (2003) Steve Vogt (1995)
This award is presented by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy to scientists and engineers, at mid-career, for exceptional contributions to the development ,use, control, or production of energy in basic and applied research supporting the Department of Energy and its mission to advance the national, economic and energy security of the United States.
Claire Max (2004)
This award honors individuals whose great innovation has benefited humanity, advanced science, launched new fields of inquiry, and deepened our understanding of the universe. The Franklin Awards are among the oldest and most prestigious comprehensive science awards in the world.
Sandra Faber (2009)
Benjamin Franklin Medal in Electrical Engineering
The Franklin Institute Awards are among the oldest and most prestigious science awards in the world, with winners recognized for their formidable and ground-breaking contributions to science.
Jerry Nelson (2012)
The NRC Herzberg Memorial Prize and Fellowship
This is an international award that commemorates the late Dr. Gerhard Herzberg, NRC scientist and Nobel laureate, known worldwide as the "Father of Modern Molecular Spectroscopy.' It is conferred annually upon a researcher who has distinguished himself or herself through many years of outstanding achievements in a field relevant to NRC's programs.
Puragra Guhathakurta (2001)
Kavli Prizes were established to recognize truly exceptional scientists whose research has fundamentally and profoundly advanced our understanding of astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience.
Jerry Nelson (2020) * shared with Roger Angel and Ray Wilsontop
The Mexican Academy of Sciences (Academia Mexicana de Ciencias) is a non-profit organization, comprising over 1800 distinguished Mexican scientists, attached to various institutions in Mexico, as well as a number of eminent foreign colleagues, including various Nobel Prize winners.
Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz (2010)
Members are elected annually in recognition of their distinguished achievements in original research; election is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a scientist or engineer. The following members of the Department of Astronomy Astrophyics have been honored as elected members:
Sandra Faber, Robert Kraft, Claire Max, Donald Osterbrock, Jerry Nelson, Stan Woosley
The National Medal of Science was created by statute in 1959 and is administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation. Awarded annually, the Medal recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. A committee of Presidential appointees selects nominees on the basis of their extraordinary knowledge in and contributions to chemistry, engineering, computing, mathematics, or the biological, behavioral/social, and physical sciences.
Sandra Faber (2012)
- CAREER Awards
The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher/scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.
Mark Krumholz (2010)
Enrico Ramirez Ruiz (2009)
Xavier Prochaska (2006)
In 1988, the Packard Foundation established these now highly prestigious awards to allow the nation's most promising professors to pursue science and engineering research early in their careers with few funding restrictions and limited paperwork requirements. UCSC awardees are:
Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz (2008)
Connie Rockosi (2006)
The Madison Medal is named for the fourth president of the United States and Princeton University’s first "graduate student." Established by the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni, it is presented each year by the University to an alumnus or alumna of the Graduate School who has had a distinguished career, advanced the cause of graduate education or achieved an outstanding record of public service.
Claire Max (2009)
- The Gold Medal
The Gold Medal is the highest award of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Donald Osterbrock (1997)
Doug Lin (2010)
These fellowships are awarded to early-career scientists and scholars of outstanding promise in recognition of distinguished performance and a unique potential to make substantial contributions to their field.
Charlie Conroy (2013)
Jonathan Fortney (2010)
Mark Krumholz (2009)
Raja Guha Thakurta (1997)
Sandra Faber (1977)top
In 1981, the Berkeley Medal was established as the University’s top honor. It is bestowed on individuals of exceptionally distinguished achievements, whose work or contributions to society illustrate the ideals of the University and contribute to its goals, and whose careers have manifestly benefited the public well beyond the demands of tradition, rank, or direct service to the University.
Joseph Miller (2007)
Outstanding Faculty Award - Division of Physical and Biological Sciences
This award is the division's highest honor, recognizing faculty excellence in research, teaching, and service.
Doug Lin (2008)
Stan Woosley (2004)
Chancellor’s Achievement Awards for Diversity
The Chancellor&'s Achievement Awards for Diversity honor and showcase people and programs that have made outstanding contributions to furthering diversity at UC Santa Cruz.
Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz (2010)
Adriane Steinacker (2009)
Excellence in Teaching Awards
Faculty members are honored for their exemplary and inspiring teaching.
Adriane Steinacker (2007)
Faculty Research Lecturer
The selection is the foremost academic research honor bestowed by UCSC's Academic Senate.
Steve Vogt (2011)
Stan Woosley (2007)
Donald Ostebrock (1997)
Sandra Faber (1990)
Robert Kraft (1981)
Albert Whitford (1968)