Institute for Energy Efficiency
DOW Materials Institute at Materials Research Laboratory
Inventing the future by fueling new discoveries
Collaboration, Innovation, and Discovery
Our superb faculty thrives within a campus culture that is interdisciplinary, collaborative, and
entrepreneurial. Paradigm-changing initiatives in such areas as solid-state energy efficiency,
medicine and the health sciences, ethnic studies, and digital humanities and media arts deliver
Biological Sciences, Bioengineering, and Nanotechnology
We are a national leader in scientific initiatives in bioengineering, biological sciences,
Information Technology for the Future
We are developing information technology for the future.
Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics (KITP)
Our renowned institute brings together the world's leading theoretical physicists and scientists
to collaborate on the most challenging questions at the frontiers of science.
The Brain and Mind
We are accelerating research in neuroscience through the application and development of new
technologies aimed at discovering how the brain and mind work, how to decelerate cognitive aging,
and how to find both the cause of and treatments for autism.
Pioneering scholars in the humanities and social sciences inform our understanding of the changing
demographics of global California: the histories, languages, religions, ethnicities, and cultures
that create unparalleled diversity in our multicultural and multilingual state.
Carol Greider, Nobel Laureate, Alumna, Class of 1983
UC Santa Barbara alumna Carol W. Greider was a co-winner of the 2009
Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Greider and her colleagues were
honored for the discovery of a fundamental mechanism in the cell
that has stimulated the development of new therapeutic strategies. Greider
graduated in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in biology from the College of Creative Studies,
after conducting original research in the Department of Molecular,
Cellular, and Developmental Biology in the College of Letters and Science.
"It was at UC Santa Barbara that I first became interested in biochemistry. I was
able to structure my own curriculum, explore different subjects, and find out
what I really liked."
— Carol Greider, '83