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Graduate Preparatory Programs

Supporting the Next Generation of Graduate Students

UC Davis graduate preparation programs seek to address the underrepresentation of Black, African American, Chicanx/Latinx, and Native American students in graduate education and research careers. These programs are an opportunity for undergraduate students to dive deeper into their academic passions while gaining the skills and support necessary to succeed in graduate school. Participants in these programs will conduct research and build connections with UC Davis faculty and graduate students. Throughout the course of these programs, students will also attend workshops and seminars focused on graduate school admissions and GRE preparation and they will also receive an application fee waiver to UC Davis graduate admissions. 

The programs welcome applications from all interested students, including Black, African American, Chicanx/Latinx, and Native American students.

We also partner with the following institutions and encourage undergraduates from these schools to apply for our graduate preparation programs: Howard University, Xavier University of Louisiana, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Florida A&M University, and campuses of the California State University system.

While these programs are sponsored by Graduate Studies, there are numerous sponsored research programs offered to undergraduate students at UC Davis. Most of these programs provide a combination of academic enrichment, advising, and the opportunity to conduct research under the supervision of faculty mentors. Each of the programs defines its own eligibility criteria, often dependent upon the program's funding source. To view a comprehensive list of sponsored research programs, visit the Undergraduate Research Center website.