The University of California, Davis, may become an academic harbor where some Puerto Rican scholars continue their scholarship in the wake of the devastation Hurricane Maria wrought on their island.
UC Davis sent a survey Friday to members of its Academic Senate and Academic Federation to ask about their ability to help Puerto Rican scholars who could benefit from temporarily relocating to UC Davis.
About 175 faculty and others have expressed willingness to host displaced graduate students and faculty from the University of Puerto Rico for the fall, winter and/or spring quarters. Many have offered to provide financial resources, transportation or housing.
UC Davis is focusing its current efforts on helping scholars at UPR because of its similarity as a research university and some existing ties between the institutions. The public university system in Puerto Rico enrolls more than 60,000 students on 11 campuses.
The scholars would be at UC Davis here on a visiting basis so they can sustain their research, and graduate students would not pay tuition or receive academic credit. The campus is not hosting undergraduate students because it is not able to offer academic credit to them.
UC Davis faculty and staff who are willing and able to offer resources to graduate students in Puerto Rico are encouraged to complete our support resources survey.
Graduate students in Puerto Rico who were impacted by the recent hurricanes may contact admissions by calling 530-752-0652. Requests for accommodations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.