Group Outing to Channel Islands

Group Outing to Santa Cruz Island, June 2015

Edward Kramer Memorial Conference, UC Santa Barbara, January 2016

Former students and colleagues of Dr. Ed Kramer gathered at UC Santa Barbara to celebrate his legacy.

Craig Hawker named AAAS Fellow and elected to National Academy of Inventors

Congratulations to Professor Craig Hawker for being named AAAS Fellow and being elected to the National Academy of Inventors. To read more about these awards, links here: and


Congratulations to Craig Hawker for his election to Membership of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Craig Hawker has been elected to Membership of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

From the Academy’s website:

"Since its founding in 1780, the American Academy has served the
nation as a champion of scholarship, civil dialogue, and useful
knowledge. As one of the nation’s oldest learned societies and
independent policy research centers, the Academy convenes leaders from
the academic, business, and government sectors to address critical
challenges facing our global society. Through studies, publications,
and programs on the Humanities, Arts, and Education; Science,
Engineering, and Technology; Global Security and International
Affairs; and American Institutions and the Public Good, the Academy
provides authoritative and nonpartisan policy advice to
decision-makers in government, academia, and the private sector."

Congratulations Craig!

Congratulations to Neil Dolinski for his placing in the 2018 UCSB Grad Slam

Congratulations to  Neil who was runner-up in the final of UCSB's 2018 Grad Slam.

Emre Discekici wins the 44th B. R. Baker Memorial Award

Congratulations to Emre Discekici (Hawker and Read de Alaniz Research Groups) for being awarded the 44th B.R. Baker Memorial award which recognizes students on the verge of graduation and research excellence in the area of organic chemistry. Well done Emre! Thanks also for your leadership with GSDS.

Valerie Lensch receives Best Poster Award for Women in Physical Sciences

Please join the MRL in congratulating Valerie Lensch (CCS Chem/Biochem Senior, Hawker group) for winning the Best Poster Award at the Conference for Women in Physical Sciences held recently at the University of Nebraska. The poster was titled Functional Silicone Networks via Metal-Free Vulcanization. Congratulations Valerie!

Caitlin Sample Awarded Honorable Mention at NGRPC

The MRL is proud to note that Caitlin Sample (Hawker/Bates Group graduate student) was awarded Honorable Mention for her oral presentation at the the recent National Graduate Research Polymer Conference (NGRPC) held in Minneapolis, June 10th to 12th, 2018.  Congratulations Caitlin

Allison Abdilla Wins Graduate Poster Award

Please join the MRL in congratulating Allison Abdilla (Read de Alaniz and Hawker groups)for winning a graduate poster award at the 101st Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibitionin Edmonton, Alberta, Canada from May 27th to 31st run by the Canadian Society for Chemistry. The poster was under the Materials Chemistry division and titled “Polymer stereocomplexationas a platform for scalable inter-nanoparticle coupling.” Well done Allison!

Shelby Shankel and Shay Nguyen Receive Chemistry Awards

We are delighted to announce recognition for MRL undergraduate research intern: Shelby Shankel was selected as the recipient of the UCSB Willard L. McRary Prize and theACS Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry. Congratulations to Shelby !