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Winter Break Resources for Grad Students and Postdocs

From everyone at UC Davis Graduate Studies, we wish you a restful and restorative Winter Break. Things will look a little different around campus during the break, but resources are still available for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

Walker Hall Closure and Graduate Studies Staff Availability

The Graduate Center at Walker Hall will be closed to the public from Monday, December 12, 2022 – January 6, 2023. We will reopen on the first day of the Winter Instruction, Monday, January 9.

Erin Kent honored as 2022 Outstanding Graduate Program Coordinator

It’s not often that administrators are described as guardian angels.

But that’s how students in the integrative pathobiology graduate group view the program’s popular coordinator, Erin Kent ’05, Ph.D.’10.

Their effusive nomination letters earned Kent the 2022 Outstanding Graduate Program Coordinator Award for her work during the past four years. Kent is the graduate program coordinator of the integrative pathobiology graduate group, as well as the veterinary scientist training program at UC Davis.

Marina LaForgia Named 2022 For Women in Science Fellowship from L'Oréal USA

UC Davis postdoctoral scholar Marina LaForgia, Ph.D. '19 was recently (Nov. 3) named a 2022 For Women in Science (FWIS) Fellowship from L'Oréal USA, making her one of only five postdoctoral scholars in the United States to receive this grant.

LaForgia's research focuses on seed dispersal of plants to help determine which species will be most vulnerable to environmental change.

Fire and Ice: Graduate Students Confronting Climate Anxiety

Climate anxiety is a valid, natural response to a changing, warming world. In 2020, more than half of Americans reported feeling anxious about climate change’s impact on their mental health, and most of us (67%) are anxious about its impact on the planet.

So what do you do when it’s your job to witness and document climate change?

2022 Graduate Program Advising and Mentoring Award

Sentiments of gratitude for commitment and personalized attention to graduate students were among the testimonials spoken about this year’s winners of Graduate Program Advising and Mentoring Award winners.

“[This professor]’s passion for research really shines through with their hands-on involvement in student projects,” said one nomination letter.

“[This professor] has an impeccable ability to identify students’ strengths and set them up to succeed,” said another.

Five Years of Envisioning What's Possible

UC Davis wasn’t even on Daniel Castaneda’s radar when he was an undergraduate at UC Riverside; but it is where he ended up. And, because of the Envision UC Davis program, he discovered it was exactly where he was meant to be.

“The Envision program was the first time that I thought, I’m actually qualified to be in a program like this and people want me to come to their university,” Castaneda said. “It was nice to feel like I have a future opportunity here and there are people at UC Davis who want to help me do it.”

Statement: Resources and Support for Those Impacted by Unrest in Iran

The following statement was issued Sept. 28 by Chancellor Gary S. May; Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Mary Croughan; Jean-Pierre Delplanque, vice provost and dean of Graduate Studies; David Lubarsky, vice chancellor for Human Health Sciences and chief executive officer of UC Davis Health; John Marx, interim vice provost and dean of Undergraduate Education; Pablo G. Reguerín, vice chancellor of Student Affairs; Joanna Regulska, vice provost and dean of Global Affairs; and Renetta Garrison Tull, vice chancellor of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Meet the 22-23 GSA President

The Graduate Studies community is pleased to welcome Marcela Radtke '18 as the 2022-23 president of the Graduate Student Association–the student leadership organization that represents the graduate student community to university leadership. Radtke is a Ph.D. candidate in nutritional biology who also received her bachelor’s degree from UC Davis. We had a chance to sit down with Radtke and ask her a few questions about herself and her plans for the 2022-23 academic year.

Q: So, what brought you to UC Davis?

Welcome to the 2022-23 Academic Year

Dear Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars,

Welcome to the start of the 2022-23 academic year!

There is always a buzz of excitement associated with the start of a new school year. This year, I’m especially mindful and appreciative of our UC Davis community.

The community at UC Davis is often the determining factor as to why people choose to pursue their master’s or doctor’s degrees or postdoctoral experience here. It is welcoming, friendly, collaborative, and supportive.

First-Generation UC Davis Graduate Finds a Path to Flourish

After Javier Garcia, Ph.D. ’21 obtained his doctorate, walking into a room was different.

Having grown up in a farm-working community, Garcia said he was accustomed to being with people who had little more than a second or third-grade education, including his own parents.

“I would walk into spaces, knowing I’m the only person in this entire community who has a Ph.D. and being in that space made me think, ‘if I can do it, other people can also succeed on this education path.’” He said. “I felt hope.” 

7 Tips to Help You Successfully Complete Your Dissertation

Let’s face it - writing is hard! Writing your thesis/dissertation is a lot like long-distance running; it requires isolation, endurance, time, and motivation.  Most doctoral students are running a long-distance marathon for about three years.  Here are seven quick tips to help you organize things well before your final deadline.

Commencement Speaker Laura Lindenfeld’s Words of Wisdom

UC Davis Graduate Studies alumna Laura Lindenfeld, Ph.D. ’03 has dedicated her career to helping the public through science communication.

Lindenfeld is Dean of the School of Communication and Journalism at Stony Brook University, and Executive Director of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science—a center that is dedicated to helping scientists improve their communication skills using techniques from improvisational theater. She also was the commencement speaker for the Graduate Studies graduation ceremony on June 9, 2022.

Meghna Srivastava Receives Jeffery C. Gibeling Award for Best Master’s Thesis

Meghna Srivastava is this year’s recipient of the College of Engineering’s Jeffery C. Gibeling Master’s Thesis Excellence Award. Srivastava earned her M.S. in materials science and engineering under the mentorship of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Associate Professor Marina Leite.

The annual award recognizes one M.S. student in the College of Engineering who has submitted the best master’s thesis. The award not only honors the individual student and publicizes their exemplary research, but also acknowledges the mentorship of their major professor.