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Your Guide to a Stress Free and Unforgettable Commencement Day

The big day has finally arrived! After years of tireless work, it’s time to savor every second of this incredible celebration. We’ve got you covered with our top tips to ensure your graduation day runs smoothly, so you can focus on basking in the glory of your hard-earned achievement. 

2024 Distinguished Graduate and Postdoctoral Mentorship Award Recipients

Graduate Studies and Graduate Council are thrilled to honor four extraordinary faculty members with the Distinguished Graduate and Postdoctoral Mentorship Awards. These awards shine a light on the power of mentorship in shaping the academic and professional journeys of UC Davis graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. 

Meet the 2024 Recipients    

Each recipient will receive a $1,000 award and a letter of recognition. 

A Snapshot of an Eruption

Around 170,000 years ago, the Yellowstone Caldera — a supervolcano — produced a series of small eruptions in frequent pulses lasting roughly 100,000 years. Remnants from those eruptions can be found on the Earth’s surface today as volcanic rock. And those rocks contain critical clues about the interior of the supervolcano. 

One CBS Student’s Mission to Inspire and Uplift the Next Generation of Scientists

Jessica Bolivar, a graduate student in the Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology (BMCDB) Graduate Group, knows firsthand the difference that one person’s mentorship can make. 

During her time at UC Davis, Bolivar has made it her mission to give back and inspire the next generation of scientists by balancing her research with a slew of community-uplifting and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

Sasha Neil Pimento Named 2024 UC Davis Grad Slam Champion

At the beginning of her UC Davis Grad Slam presentation, Sasha Neil Pimento posed a simple question to audience members. 

“Have you ever walked to a particular room in your house and then wondered: ‘Wait a minute, why did I come in here?’” Pimento asked. 

UC Davis Doctoral Students Selected as 2024 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellows

We're excited to announce that three UC Davis doctoral students – Victor Chimaway Lopez (Native American Studies), Stephen Eyman (Linguistics), and David Morales (History) – have been selected as 2024 Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Innovation Fellows! The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) launched the program in 2023 with the support of the Mellon Foundation to advance a vision for doctoral education that prioritizes openness to new methods and sources, underrepresented voices and perspectives, and scholarly experimentation.

Graduate Studies Director of Mentoring and Academic Success Initiatives Receives 2024 Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award



Elizabeth Sturdy,  Director of Mentoring and Academic Success Initiatives in Graduate Studies, has been selected as one of six Davis Campus recipients for the inaugural Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Awards for Exceptional University Management and Exceptional University Impact!

As the highest honor a UC Davis staff member can receive, these awards recognize and honor staff members who have demonstrated initiative to create significant positive impact on the UC Davis community in the past 18 months.

Margaret Berrens and Diego Lopez Mateos Selected as UC President’s Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings Fellows

We are thrilled to announce Margaret Berrens, a Ph.D. candidate in Physical Chemistry, and Diego Lopez Mateos, a Ph.D. candidate in Biophysics, have been selected as two of the 20 UC President’s Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings Fellows for the 73rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in Physics taking place from June 30-July 5, 2024. This prestigious honor comes after a rigorous multi-stage selection process, first at UC Davis, and then by the UC President, who recognized their potential to represent the UC system.

Methods in Chemistry: Passing on the Intellectual Tradition of Critical Thinking with Javier Aztiazarain

Javier Aztiazarain was at a crossroads in his life. For years, he’d worked as an engineer for a production company, designing and building stage shows and live events for clients across the entertainment and sports industries. While he enjoyed the work, Aztiazarain wasn’t satisfied. He wanted to move in a different professional direction, one that still fed his love for design and his tinkering tendencies.  

Aztiazarain landed on analytical chemistry.

Four Faculty and Staff Honored for Global Engagement at UC Davis and Around the World (2023-24)

Four faculty and staff members from UC Davis are being recognized for their outstanding global engagement work with two key awards: the Chancellor’s Award for International Engagement and the Excellence in Teaching for Global Learning Award. These awards recognize the outstanding work of UC Davis faculty and staff in international education, research and service.