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Alumni Opportunities

  • Graduate Alumni Volunteer Opportunities

  • UC Davis Graduate Studies is launching two new volunteer opportunities for advanced degree alumni who wish to give back to their alma mater by helping current graduate and professional students meet their academic and career goals. It is our goal that, through participation in one or more of the programs outlined below, advanced degree alumni will hone their advising and leadership skills while sharing their expertise with fellow Aggies.

Please note, these programs are for advanced degree alumni which include graduates from master’s and doctoral programs, but not specifically designed for professional graduates such as law and medicine. 


Graduate Alumni Mentoring Pilot Program

Participate as a mentor in a pilot program that connects advanced degree UC Davis alumni with graduate and professional students in order to create a mutually rewarding professional network where mentors share their knowledge, expertise, and the tools and resources necessary to promote student success. This is a two-quarter program that will begin on February 24 and conclude on June 2. After the virtual orientation and kickoff events, mentors and mentees will arrange their meetings independently and connect via phone, email, or video conference.

Mentor Eligibility

  • Holds an advanced degree from UC Davis.
  • Is currently employed in a professional field within academia, industry, the nonprofit sector, the corporate sector or government.
  • Can devote at least one hour a month to cultivating a professional mentoring relationship.
  • Has a desire to contribute to the professional growth and development of a current UC Davis graduate student and fellow Aggie.

Present at Graduate Professional Development Workshops

Volunteer to give a one-hour lunch-time presentation on a professional development topic ranging from online meeting etiquette, to managing imposter syndrome, to working in niche  industries to academia. The options are nearly limitless! These sessions will take place via Zoom.

Presenter Eligibility

  • Holds an advanced degree from UC Davis.
  • Is currently employed in a professional field within academia, industry, the nonprofit sector, the corporate sector or government.
  • Can commit to creating and delivering a 40 minute presentation on a professional development topic of your choosing (with the remaining 20 minutes dedicated to introductions and Q&A).
  • Has a desire to contribute to the professional growth and development of current UC Davis graduate students and fellow Aggies.

Program Timeline

Dates Event
January 27 Alumni volunteer applications open
February 12 Alumni volunteer applications close
February 15 - 19 Matching process
February 24, 4-5 p.m. P.T. Mentor/Mentee orientation
March 3, 4 - 5 p.m. P.T.  Mentor/Mentee social event
April 6 – May 25 Professional development workshops
June 2, 4 - 5 p.m. P.T.  End of program celebration

The application is now closed. 

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