Alumni and Student Honors

Honor Year Awarded Recipient Name UCLA Degrees

Nobel Prize

Physiology or Medicine 2013 Randy W. Schekman B.A. ’71 individual field of concentration in molecular biology
Chemistry 2010 Richard F. Heck B.S. ’52, Ph.D. ’54 chemistry
Economic Sciences 2009 Elinor Ostrom B.A. ’54, M.A. ’62, Ph.D. ’65 political science
Economic Sciences 1990 William Sharpe B.A. ’55, M.A. ’56, Ph.D. ’61 economics
Chemistry 1984 Bruce Merrifield B.A. ‘42, Ph.D. ’49 chemistry
Chemistry 1951 Glenn Seaborg B.A. ’34 chemistry
Peace 1950 Ralph Bunche B.A. ’27 political science

MacArthur Foundation Fellows

Conceptual Photographer 2012 Uta Barth M.F.A. ’85 art
Playwright and Theater Director 2012 Lee Breuer B.A. ’58 English
Medical Microbiologist 2012 Sarkis Mazmanian B.S. ’95 microbiology/molecular genetics, Ph.D. ’02 microbiology-immunology
Poet 2011 Kay Ryan B.A. ’67, M.A. ’68 English
Theoretical Chemist 2005 Todd Martinez Ph.D. ’94 chemistry
Economist 2005 Kevin Murphy B.A. ’81 economics
Painter 2002 Toba Khedoori M.F.A. ’94 art
Psychologist 2001 Kay Redfield Jamison B.A. ’71, M.A. ’71, Ph.D. ’75 psychology
Science Educator 1999 Shawn Carlson M.S. ’83, Ph.D. ’89 physics
Historian 1998 Michael Ryan Davis B.A. ’76, M.A. ’78 history
Human Rights Leader 1998 Stewart Kwoh B.A. ’70 psychology, J.D. ’74 law
Painter and Sculptor 1997 Vija Celmins M.F.A. ’65 art
Mathematics Educator 1992 Philip Uri Treisman B.A. ’70 mathematics
Tribal Rights Leader and Educator 1991 Patricia Locke B.A. ’51 education
Filmmaker 1988 Charles Burnett B.A. ’70, M.F.A. ’73 film
Historian of Science 1988 Noel M. Swerdlow B.A. ’64 history
Botanist and Conservationist 1985 Peter H. Raven Ph.D. ’60 botany

National Medal of Science

Mathematics 2011 Richard Tapia B.A. ’61, M.A. ’66, Ph.D. ’67 mathematics
Chemistry 1991 Glenn Seaborg B.A. ’34 chemistry

Pulitzer Prize

Poetry 2011 Kay Ryan B.A. ’67, M.A. ’68 English
Criticism 2007 Jonathan Gold B.A. ’82 music
Biography or Autobiography 2006 Martin J. Sherwin Ph.D. ’71 history
Editorial Cartooning 1976 Tony Auth B.A. ’65 individual field of concentration in biological illustration

Turing Award

2007 Vinton Cerf M.S. ’70, Ph.D. ’72 computer science

U.S. Poet Laureate

2015 Juan Felipe Herrera B.A. ’72 anthropology
2008 Kay Ryan B.A. ’67, M.A. ’68 English

Rhodes Scholar

2010 Elizaveta Fouksman B.A. ’08 history
NCAA athlete, football 2009 Chris Joseph B.A. ’08 geography
2009 Scott Hugo B.A. ’09 history, political science
NCAA athlete, swimming 1997 Annette Salmeen B.S. ’97 chemistry
1973 Spencer Eth M.D. ’76 medicine
1971 George Rosa B.A. ’71 English, French
NCAA athlete, football 1969 Harold Griffin B.A. ’69 political science
NCAA athlete, wrestling 1962 William Zeltonaga Philosophy major, wrestling team
1955 David Maxwell Ph.D. ’60 anatomy
1948 Steven Muller B.A. ’48 political science
1936 Thomas Lambert Graduated from Oxford University 1939

Marshall Scholar

2010 Matthew Clawson B.A. ’10 economics, political science
2007 William "Thomas" Clarke B.A. ’07 molecular, cell and developmental biology

UC Student Regent

2015-16 Abraham "Avi" Oved Current student, economics major
2008-09 D'Artagnan Scorza B.A. ’07 study of religion, Ph.D. ’13 education
2006-07 Maria Ledesma Ph.D. ’07 education
2004-05 Jodi Lynette Anderson M.A. ’02, Ph.D. ’06 education
2001-02 Tracy Davis B.A. ’95 anthropology, M.A. ’00, Ph.D. ’08 education
2000-01 Justin Fong M.P.P. ’04 public policy
1998-99 Max R. Espinoza History major
1986-87 David B. Hoffman B.A. ’88 economics
1984-85 Fred N. Gaines B.A. ’81 economics, political science
1983-84 Richard Anderson M.S. ’79, Ph.D. ’93 psychology
1981-82 David A. Neuman B.A. ’83 communication studies
1980-81 Leslie K. Lurie B.A. ’81 communication studies, political science; J.D. ’84 law
1978-79 Renee Turkell B.A. ’79 English, J.D. ’83 law

UCLA's students and alumni earn a wide range of honors and awards. In this section we list a few especially noteworthy accomplishments.

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Updated September 2015