Santa Clara University

Points of Excellence

2010-11 Highlights

The University was one of just a select number of schools to be reaccredited for the maximum period of 10 years by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. WASC specially commended SCU for the University’s ability to measure the impact of its mission on students and the demonstrably high rate at which students are transformed by the mission.

SCU was one of six universities recognized by the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars for exceptional commitment to civic engagement and service learning. Santa Clara was chosen for its new core curriculum, introduced in 2009, requiring students to work with marginalized communities.

The School of Law celebrated 100 years of educating lawyers who lead.

U.S. News & World Report ranked the School of Engineering at No. 17 nationally among engineering schools offering similar programs and degrees.

The School of Engineering received a $1.3 million gift from an engineering alumnus to create a new scholar program for photovoltaic research. The donation will help the school launch the Latimer Energy Laboratory Scholars Program in the 2011–12 academic year to support teaching and research in sustainable energy.

Chris Kitts, Mechanical Engineering, and Ruth Davis, Computer Engineering, received $1.1 million from the Kern Family Foundation to support "An Undergraduate Education Program in Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship." This grant is for a period of three years and the proposed initiatives are organized into several complementary categories that will improve the entrepreneurial mindset within our campus, our community, and the KEEN (The Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network) network.

Simone Billings, English, received a Fulbright Award to work with the Open Campus of the University of the West Indies.

Professor of Biology Elizabeth Dahlhoff was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Finland for research on genetic changes in insects related to shifts in environmental temperature.

The National Academy of Sciences elected Director of Conservation Science Programs Peter Kareiva as a member for his distinguished achievement in original research.

Ed Maurer, Civil Engineering, received a Fulbright Visiting Scholarship to Chile for research the effect of climate change on water resources.

Terry Shoup, Mechanical Engineering, was inducted into the Silicon Valley Engineering Hall of fame, joining 10 other SCU faculty and alumni.

Linda Wuestehube ’10 won the American Intellectual Property Law Association award for top intellectual-property law student in the nation. She was the first Santa Clara Law student to receive this honor.

Women’s Rugby ranked nationally for the first time in history. The Division II Bronco Rugby Union Women’s Side played in the Sweet 16 Championships and earned the distinction as the top women’s rugby team in Northern California and a national ranking of No. 15.

School of Law


Simone Billings


Peter Kareiva


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