Assistant Professor Gail Bornhorst with UC Davis graduate students

Five UC Davis professors receive $10,000 mentoring fellowships

Five UC Davis professors from a wide range of academic departments have been selected to receive Mentoring at Critical Transitions (MCT) fellowships.

Mentoring at Critical Transitions is a faculty development program offered by UC Davis Graduate Studies aimed at enhancing the preparedness of UC Davis faculty in areas affecting the mentoring, academic socialization, and overall success of the diverse graduate student population.

In addition to the MCT faculty seminar series, which will start again this October, MCT also sponsors a competitive awards program for participating faculty mentors. Up to five $10,000 fellowships are awarded to faculty mentors annually, providing support for graduate student mentees.

The 2017-2018 Mentoring at Critical Transitions Fellowship recipients include:

Gail Bornhorst
Assistant Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Students: Yamile Mennah-Govela (Biological Systems Engineering), Clay Swackhamer (Biological Systems Engineering) and Alex Olenskyj (Food Science and Technology)

Sheila David
Professor, Chemistry
Students: Elizabeth Lotsof (Chemistry), Chandrima Majumdar (Chemistry) and Kori Lay (Chemistry)

Ted Grosholz
Professor and Specialist in Cooperative Extension, Environmental Science and Policy
Students: Ben Rubinoff (Ecology)

John Slater
Associate Professor, Spanish
Vice Chair of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Students: Evan Brown (Spanish), Génesis Bui (Spanish), Víctor Cervantes (Spanish), Alicia Gallego Zarzosa (Spanish) and Rebeca Rubio (Spanish)

Michael Ziser
Associate Professor, English

For more information about the Mentoring at Critical Transitions, including a list of upcoming events for UC Davis faculty and staff, visit the Graduate Studies website or email Kellie Butler, Assistant Dean, at

About Graduate Studies at UC Davis
Graduate Studies at UC Davis includes 99 dynamic degree programs and a diverse and interactive student body from around the world. Known for our state-of-the-art research facilities, productive laboratories and progressive spirit – UC Davis offers collaborative and interdisciplinary curricula through graduate groups and designated emphasis options – bringing students and faculty of different academic disciplines together to address real-world challenges.

UC Davis graduate students and postdoctoral scholars become leaders in their fields – researchers, teachers, politicians, mentors and entrepreneurs. They go on to guide, define and impact change within our global community.

For information on Graduate Studies’ current strategic initiatives, visit the Graduate Studies strategic plan page.

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