Exploring Your Universe: Science and Education Pioneer Award

Supporting Our Students

2022: Dr. Mani L. Bhaumik

Founder of the Mani L. Bhaumik Institute for Theoretical Physics at UCLA and the Mani L. Bhaumik Presidential Chair in Theoretical Physics

2020: Andrea Ghez

Winner of the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics and UCLA’s Lauren B. Leichtman and Arthur E. Levine Professor of Astrophysics.

2019: Mayim Bialik

UCLA alumna (B.S. Neuroscience ’00, PhD ’07), bestselling author, star of “The Big Bang Theory,” and advocate for STEM education and women in science.

2018: Danica McKellar

UCLA alumna (B.S. Mathematics ’98 with highest honors), actress and New York Times best-selling author.

2017: Anna Fisher

UCLA alumna (B.S. Chemistry ’71, M.D. ’76, M.S. Chemistry ’87) and retired astronaut and