Faculty Awards

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American Astronomical Society

American Astronautical Society

American Physical Society

Astronomical Society fo the Pacific

Brouwer Award of the Division on Dynamical Astronomy of the AAS

Dannie Heineman Prize (AIP) (AAS)

Ernest O Lawrence Award

Franklin Institute

Herzberg Memorial Prize and Fellowship

Italian National Academy

Kavli Prize, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

Mexican Academy of Sciences

National Academy of Sciences (NAS)

National Medal of Science

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Packard Fellowship

Princeton University

Royal Astronomical Society

Sloan Fellowship

UC and UC Santa Cruz

    American Academy of Arts and Sciences

  • 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:

    Sandra Faber
    Doug Lin
    Claire Max
    Joseph Miller
    Stan Woosley


  • American Astronomical Society

  • Beatrice M Tinsley Prize
    Awarded for outstanding research contribution, exceptionally creative or innovative character.

    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)

    Piero Madau (2014)

    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)

    Joseph Weber Award for Astronomical Instrumentation

    For co-inventing sodium laser guide star adaptive optics and for shepherding adaptive optics from its roots in classified space surveillance to its prominence today as an essential techonogy on large telescopes.

    Claire Max (2015)

    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)


  • American Astronautical Society

  • 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


  • American Physical Society

  • Hans A. Bethe Prize

    Recognizes outstanding work in theory, experiment or observation in the areas of astrophysics, nuclear physics, nuclear astrophysics, or closely related fields.

    Stan Woosley (2005)


  • Astronomical Society of the Pacific

  • Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal
    ASP's highest award, the Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal, is awarded for a lifetime of outstanding research in astronomy.

    Donald Osterbrock (1991)

    Albert Whitford (1996)

    Robert Kraft (2005)

    Sandra Faber (2012)

    Douglas N.C. Lin (2015)

    Muhlmann Award
    Given for recent significant observational results made possible by innovative advances in astronomical instrumentation, software, or observational infrastructure.

    Harland Epps (2014)

    Harland Epps, as part of the NICMOS Team (2003) Steve Vogt (1995)

    Bruce Gold Medal

    The highest honor bestowed by the ASP, the award recognized D. Lin for a lifetime of outstanding research in astronomy.

    Douglas N.C. Lin (2015)


  • Brouwer Award of the Division on Dynamical Astronomy of the AAS

  • The Brouwer Award is awarded annually by the Division on Dynamical Astronomy of the American Astronomical Society for outstanding lifetime achievement in the field ofdynamical astronomyThe prize is named for Dirk Brouwer.

    Doug Lin (2014)


  • Ernest O Lawrence Award

  • 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)


  • Dannie Heineman Prize

  • The Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics is jointly awarded each year by the American Astronomical Society and American Institute of Physics for outstanding work in astrophysics. It is funded by the Heineman Foundation in honour of Dannie Heineman.

    Piero Madau (2014)


  • Franklin Institute

  • Bower Award
    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)

  • Herzberg Memorial Prize and Fellowship - NRC of Canada

  • 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)


  • Italian National Academy

  • Foreign Member
    "in recognition of your scientific career and of the influence you exerted on the development of Italia astronomy through your direct collaborations and those of your former students."

    Sandra Faber (2011)

  • Kavli Prize, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

  • 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 Wilson


  • Mexican Academy of Sciences

  • 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)


  • National Academy of Sciences (NAS)

  • 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


  • National Medal of Science

  • 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)

  • National Science Foundation (NSF)

  • 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)


  • Packard Fellowship

  • 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:

    Charlie Conroy (2013)

    Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz (2008)

    Connie Rockosi (2006)


  • Princeton University

  • Madison Medal

    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)


  • Royal Astronomical Society

  • The Gold Medal

    The Gold Medal is the highest award of the Royal Astronomical Society.

    Donald Osterbrock (1997)

    Honorary Fellow

    Sandra Faber (2013)

    Doug Lin (2010)


  • Sloan Fellowship

  • 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)


  • UC and UC Santa Cruz

  • Berkeley Medal

    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.

    Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz (2012-13)  Ron Ruby Award for Teaching Excellence in the Physical and Biological Sciences

    Adriane Steinacker (2007) and (2015)

    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)