Amelia Munson Wins UC Davis Grad Slam Competition
Congratulations to Amelia Munson, Ph.D. Candidate in Animal Behavior, the 2021 UC Davis Grad Slam Final Round winner! She earned a $2,500 grand prize and the opportunity to advance to the University of California Grad Slam competition on May 7 with her winning presentation “Fact or Fiction: What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger."  Despite the virtual format, this year's Grad Slam competition was the largest on record, with more prize money and even more attendees. Watch Amelia's winning presentation and catch the competition highlights.
UC Davis Stands Out in U.S. News & World Report's Graduate School Rankings
UC Davis excelled in the U.S. News & World Report's “2022 Best Graduate School Rankings,” with graduate and professional programs in the College of Letters and Science, the College of Engineering, the School of Nursing, and others earning prestigious spots nationally. Learn more about this year's rankings. 
UC LEADS Student Researcher Accepts Doctoral Opportunity
The UC LEADS program helped entomology major Rebecca Jean “RJ” Millena launch her career as a independent researcher in the laboratory of Distinguished Professor Jay Rosenheim of the Department of Entomology and Nematology. This experience helped her receive a four-year, fully-funded fellowship to a Ph.D. program at the American Museum of Natural History. 
Postdoc Leads Development of New Early Stage Alzheimer's Disease Model in Animals
A group of researchers led by Postdoctoral Scholar Danielle Beckman at UC Davis’ California National Primate Research Center, have developed a model of the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease in rhesus macaques. The macaque model, published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association could allow better testing of new treatments.
Your Opinion Counts: Complete the University of California Graduate Student Experience Survey

The UC Graduate Student Experience Survey (UCGSES) is an online survey administered at UC Davis and every other UC campus. It asks students for their input around a broad range of academic and non-academic experiences. All UC Davis graduate and professional students are invited to participate. Each student who completes the survey will be entered into a weekly prize drawings, each with gift cards valued between $25 and $200.
Complete the survey now!

Apply to the 2021-22 UC Guru Gobind Singh Fellowship
Deadline: April 26 | Learn more. 
In 1988 the University of California received a bequest from the late Mr. Karam Singh Maughan to establish an endowment to support a graduate fellowship named for the Sikh religious leader, Guru Gobind Singh. This fellowship opportunity is open to university graduates from a specific area of India and Pakistan pursuing graduate study at the University of California. Applicant must be a graduate of an Indian or Pakistani university in a designated area (see map). 

Grants Offered for Multidisciplinary Research Targeting Pain Relief
Deadline: May 1 | Learn more.
The UC Davis Center for Advancing Pain Relief is offering seed grants to multidisciplinary teams interested in developing innovative solutions for pain management. The awards of up to $25,000 are intended to catalyze collaborations across UC Davis colleges, schools and centers. Grant proposals should focus on research or significant program development in at least one of these areas: pain, suffering, wellness or quality of life.

UC Davis Leaders for the Future Fellowship Program
Deadline: May 3, 12 pm | Learn more and apply
Leaders for the Future Fellows explore options and develop the skills to excel in diverse careers in industry, government, NGOs and more. Connect with applied experiences beyond academia through immersives. Open to current UC Davis Ph.D. candidates and postdocs from all disciplines.

Apply for the U.S. DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program
Deadline: May 5
The Graduate Student Research Program (SCGSR) provides the opportunity for outstanding graduate students to pursue part of their thesis research at a DOE laboratory or facility in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. Learn more about the program and contact the SCGSR Program Manager at with any questions. 

Apply to the Fulbright U.S. Scholars Program
The Fulbright U.S. Scholar program offers diverse opportunities for U.S. academics, administrators and professionals to teach, research, do professional projects and attend seminars abroad. Applications are now open for the 2022-23 year. Visit the website to view the full catalog of awards and attend an upcoming information session.

Apply for UC Davis Conference Grants for Sustainable Development Goals
Learn more and apply now
Global Affairs, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Sustainability have launched new conference grants for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to support UC Davis students, faculty, and staff participation in virtual conferences and global discussions related to the SDGs. Applications from underrepresented and underserved members of our community and for projects that advance diversity are  encouraged.

UC-National Laboratory In-Residence Graduate Fellowship
The UC National Laboratory Fees Research Program sponsors innovative research, fosters new collaborations between UC faculty and national laboratory scientists, and provides unique training opportunities for UC graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. They offer a two-year annual fellowship of $62,000 per year to conduct dissertation research and receive research mentorship on-site at Los Alamos National Laboratory or Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Attend an upcoming information session and see the full program details here.
Become a Give Day Social Ambassador
Are you passionate about making a difference at UC Davis? Become a Graduate Studies Give Day Social Ambassador! Social Ambassadors help us raise money for graduate student fellowships, basic needs and emergency funds during the 29-hour Give Day online fundraising event on April 16-17. All you have to do is post about Give Day to your social accounts. We will even provide the images and messaging. Sign up to become a Give Day Social Ambassador today!

Participate in UC Davis’ Voluntary Review on Sustainable Development Goals
UC Davis is undergoing a voluntary university review on engagement with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The review will bring together campus strengths and inform future strategies for UC Davis’ contributions to these goals. Share your SDG-related education, research, and service efforts on this online portal by April 30, 2021 to have your work highlighted as a part of the review.

Nominate an Undergraduate to Become a McNair Scholar
The McNair Scholars Program prepares students from low-income, first-generation, and groups often excluded in graduate programs to pursue Ph.D. degrees. Please share this announcement with undergraduate students who can participate to receive graduate school and GRE preparation, admissions application assistance, paid travel to research conferences and a paid summer research internship. Visit the website to learn more about the eligibility requirements and upcoming information sessions or nominate a student via email to

Become a First-Year Aggie Connections Facilitator
First-Year Aggie Connections facilitators are matched with a group of first-year students in a “Connection” based on campus groups or other common academic or co-curricular interests.  Visit the FYAC Facilitator Website to learn more about becoming a facilitator, register for an upcoming information session, or attend a Proposal Co-Working Session. Facilitator proposals are due April 30.

We Thrive: Elevating Queer and Trans Community Health
Student Health & Counseling Services (SHCS) is committed to an ongoing process of ensuring that our students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and other LGBTQIA+ identities feel comfortable and respected when seeking our services. Visit their website to learn more about their resources and information to help you thrive. 

Write to Thrive: Healing Support Space for Survivors of Sexual Trauma 
Write to Thrive is a healing support space now forming for survivors of sexual trauma. Participants will use the medium of writing to express their feelings, share personal stories, and provide compassionate witnessing for each other. By giving voice to their personal stories together, each individual learns they are not alone in their experiences of trauma. The group will meet every other week starting early in the quarter. All genders are welcome to attend. If interested, please contact Maia Huang at
Connect with Us!
Follow Graduate Studies on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to stay up to date on the latest graduate student and postdoctoral scholar news, research, and resources. 
Also connect with fellow graduate students by joining the UC Davis Graduate Students Facebook Group!
Spring Quarter Graduate Alumni Speaker Series
Every Tuesday through May 25 | 12 - 1 pm | Learn more and register.
This new graduate student-focused speaker series provides you with an opportunity to connect with advanced-degree UC Davis graduate school alumni from diverse academic fields and professional backgrounds. Each alum will share experiences and perspectives on a specific professional development topic. You will also be entered into a door prize drawing for a $50 Visa gift card for each talk you attend.

#MaptimeDavis Spring Series
April 13-18 | Various dates and times | Learn more and register.
DataLab's spatial sciences research and learning cluster will present a series of #MaptimeDavis workshops on topics including: spatial statistics, deep learning workflows with geospatial technology, agent based modeling, projected coordinate systems in R, and more.

UC Davis Picnic Day Around the World Event
April 16 | 6-7:15 pm | Learn more and register.
Join Cal Aggie Alumni Association and Global Affairs at the online Picnic Day Around the World event. Hear from Global Affairs Vice Provost and Dean Joanna Regulska, learn about the most recent campus developments, enjoy Q&A sessions with students and alumni, and more!

UC Davis Health Presents Earth Week
April 19-23 | Various dates and times | See all events and register here.
Join the UC Davis Health Office of Sustainability for a week-long events series focused on the Earth. Events include “A Life on our Planet” movie screening, yoga, succulent planting, and more.

Chancellor's Leadership & Development Seminar with Dr. Lorena Oropeza
April 22 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm | Register here.
Join us for a CLDS seminar featuring Dr. Lorena Oropeza, Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Diversity. She will discuss her career trajectory and share her vision for building the inclusive excellence of UC Davis faculty and academic appointees, and enhancing diversity through higher education. Attendees are entered into a door prize drawing for $150 Visa gift cards.

Science Says: Art and Science for Impact
April 22 | 5:30 - 6:30 pm | Register here.
Science Says is hosting Stephanie Fine Sasse, founder of The Plenary to discuss the relationship between science and art, and how scientists can leverage the arts to increase their impact.

UC Davis Global Learning Conference & Grad Slam Poster Session
April 23-25 | Learn more and register here.
Network with peers, learn how to market your global skills for your career search, connect with potential employers, hear from professionals in a variety of fields, and explore resources and opportunities for your global future. See the full conference schedule and stop by the Grad Slam poster session to see current and past participants highlight their research that embraces global learning and perspectives.

15th Annual Spotlight on Early Career Investigators: A Cancer Research Mini Symposium
April 29 | 12-3:30 pm | Register here. 
This mini-symposium highlights the work of students, postdocs, research staff, residents, and fellows in cancer research. Through this event, meet experienced career investigators, learn about potential research opportunities early in your career, and gain valuable career insights through presentations and networking.

Graduate Anti-Racism Symposium
May 6 | 9 am - 12 pm | Learn more and register here
This symposium seeks to highlight best practices in anti-racist approaches to graduate education.  The symposium will feature a keynote speaker, a panel discussion, and six breakout sessions that cover recently-developed anti-racist initiatives on campus.

Grad and Postdoc Virtual Community Dinners
Every Other Tuesday | 5:30 -7 pm | Register here.
Join Graduate Studies for our biweekly Community Dinners. The goal of these dinners is to engage in social interactions to make UC Davis feel more like home. Specifically, the environment is relaxed and inviting and meant to be an opportunity for students and postdocs to rejuvenate and build lasting connections.

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