Sho Funai Endowed Graduate Student Prize

The purpose of this prize is to commemorate and honor the legacy of Sho Funai, by annually celebrating a top-level graduate student in structural engineering at U.C. San Diego. The prize will be awarded to one exceptional student who upholds some of the values that Sho embodied and who demonstrates passion and inspiration for achieving his or her goals. 


  • Minimum 24 units of coursework (letter graded graduate courses, not counting SE 296)
  • Enrolled in UCSD SE graduate program < 2.5 years and will be enrolled in fall quarter during which the prize will be awarded
  • Engaged in research and working towards a thesis or dissertation (M.S. or Ph.D.; for M.S. this can also be guided research activity/project without thesis)
  • GPA 3.5 or higher
  • Agree to be publicly recognized as recipient of this prize during SE department event at end of fall quarter