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Top 10 Finalists of 2023 UC Davis Grad Slam Announced

Graduate Studies is proud to announce the 2023 top 10 finalists of UC Davis Grad Slam.

This year’s top 10 finalists will be competing at the semi-final round of UC Grad Slam on April 6. The event will be held at the Graduate Center at UC Davis. The graduate students will be vying for the chance to win $2,500, among other awards, as well as the opportunity to compete in the final round of UC Grad Slam where they could win the UC-wide title and additional prize money.

50 Years of Fellowship and Fellowships

While reaching the milestone of a 50th anniversary is certainly something to celebrate, UC Davis and the Northern California Chapter of the ARCS Foundation would rather celebrate something else—UC Davis graduate students.

“We’re huge believers in supporting the sciences and think that it’s really the only true answer to all the complex issues we have in the world,” said Ellie Bingham, co-president of ARCS Northern California Chapter. “Supporting science at the graduate level is really this fulcrum point of new and innovative ways forward in research.”

New Grant Program Helps Numerous Graduate Students in Crisis

Flying back to one’s home country to attend a parent’s funeral, dental emergencies, paying for unexpected prescription medication—these are examples of real issues graduate students experienced this academic year that Graduate Studies was able to help address because of The Graduate Studies Emergency Grant Program.

Centering Equity in Graduate Education

Advancing greater diversity in graduate education is an important topic in academia and one that UC Davis Graduate Studies is consistently pursuing, which is why Grad Studies recently hosted a virtual event, “Centering Equity in Graduate Education,” featuring newly appointed Education Commissioner for the State of California, Michal Kurlaender.

Grad Slam 2023: Perfection Not a Prerequisite

It’s often been said that the journey is more important than the destination—which is why for the 2023 UC Grad Slam season, UC Davis Graduate Studies is offering a more robust training schedule to help graduate students make the most out of this UC-wide competition.

Supporting Iranians’ Fight for Freedom

When doctoral student Mahya Saffarpour accepted the invitation to speak on a UC Davis panel about the current uprising in Iran, she knew it was one more step in her activism that would prevent her from returning to her home country of Iran for the foreseeable future. However, it was something she and other members of the panel were motivated to do to help bring light to the uprising in the country.

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.