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Graduate Groups at UC Davis

The Graduate Group Concept

More than half of the UC Davis graduate programs are organized as interdisciplinary graduate groups, giving you the freedom to explore your interests across disciplines, engage in various areas of research, and reach new heights of knowledge. Graduate groups embody the collaborative spirit of discovery at UC Davis by bringing together scholars from different areas of study who share common research interests.

Because faculty members often belong to more than one graduate program, graduate group students have access to a rich resource of expertise. As part of an inclusive team with fellow graduate students and faculty, you will contribute your expertise while learning from a network of scholars across campus.

How It Works

If you are a member of a Graduate Group you are in a unique program. Initially formed to combine the talents and skills of faculty and students from a variety of broad areas in order to offer specialties in an interdepartmental subject, graduate groups have grown in size and importance. While a department has a physically permanent home, a group usually operates from the department in which the current chair is housed and as such its actual location may move around. Here are some hints on how to take advantage of this unique concept:

The chair of a graduate group is responsible for overseeing the operation of the group and is your contact when your advisor or graduate coordinator is unable to help. Graduate Coordinators serve as invaluable sources of information regarding your files, course work, progress and the services available to you, and for contacting the chair and advisor. Graduate Coordinators are often housed in a department not necessarily the same as that of the chair so it may take some searching to find the right person to assist you. To find out who the Graduate Coordinator is for your group, look at the Graduate Programs directory and select the name of your group. The chair, advisors, and coordinators are listed.

Student Support Options

As a graduate group member you are eligible for departmental sources of funding, including Teaching Assistantships (TAs) and Research Assistantships (RAs). You can be appointed to one of these positions by a department or program within your group for which you have the appropriate skill and training. For information about student support, ask the Graduate Coordinator in your group, the advisor or the chair. Each department or group has its own application process for TA and RA positions, so you will need to contact them directly.