Department Awards

Each year, the IB department recognizes the achievements of outstanding IB undergraduates. Students are generally nominated for an award by an IB faculty member and/or their research sponsor. An award includes a certificate presented to the student at annual IB Commencement Ceremony.

Previous winners of the awards can be found here


The Departmental Citation represents the highest achievement each year by a graduating senior in the IB Department. This award is given to a single student who epitomizes accomplishments in research and scholarship in the IB department, and who has achieved at least a GPA of 3.5. 

  1. Only one nominee shall be selected by each Department in order that the prestige of the Departmental Citation may be maintained.
  2. The student who wins this award must be an Integrative Biology major student and has done a substantial amount of work in the department. Additionally, the recipient of the Departmental Citation must be in senior standing.
  3. Primarily, the Citation should indicate excellence in the Departmental field of study. Evidence of distinction in work done outside the Department may be taken into account, but it should not have decisive weight.
  4. Other activity relating to the work of the Department, such as writing, experimentation, or creative work in the field should receive due consideration.
  5. The foregoing list is not meant to be comprehensive. A Department may take into account any qualities or attainments which it finds relevant.
  6. In no case should a Departmental Citation be awarded unless a grade-point average of 3.5 in the Department has been maintained.

Relationship of the Citation to Other Awards: Although there are other awards which, in their particular spheres, have features in common with the Departmental Citation, there are few cases of extensive overlapping. Indeed, there is no reason why one person cannot win both this award and another one, if warranted.


The Joseph LeConte Award honors a great natural historian, one of the first five faculty appointed to the University of California at its inception in 1868.  Joseph LeConte significantly influenced the development of science at the University of California in three ways: he lectured and wrote on geology and on evolution and life of the past, he acquired collections of fossils for the University, and he influenced students greatly with his enthusiasm for learning.  He was important in both the Museum of Paleontology and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. 

The student who wins this award (more than one can be given) should have a strong interest and achievement of learning (including research) in some aspect of natural history and organismal biology in the broad sense.  He or she need not have done research specifically in any of our natural history museums, but must be experienced in organismal biology, including field work (as opposed to purely theoretical modeling or lab experience, although these are welcome components of broader work). 


Franklin M. Henry was a Professor of Physical Education and Human Biodynamics at UC Berkeley for 40 years.  He made important contributions to the fields of human cognition, motor control, and exercise endurance.  His legacy at the University offers recognition to a talented undergraduate in human performance & health research. 

The student who wins this award (more than one can be given) should have a strong interest and achievement of learning (including research) in some aspect of physiology, cognition, or biodynamics. 


Marian Diamond is a leading researcher in brain anatomy and cognition, and a professor at Berkeley in the departments of Anatomy and Integrative Biology for almost 50 years.  Her greatest research achievements have been in the effects of environment on brain development, and in the effects of aging on the brain.  But she is universally known for her devotion to teaching and to her students.  She was named both Professor of the Year nationally and California Alumna of the Year.  This award honors Dr. Diamond as a role model and a leader in both research and teaching. 

The student who wins this award (more than one can be given) should have a strong academic record, but most importantly should demonstrate achievements in community leadership and (or) teaching