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First-Generation UC Davis Graduate Finds a Path to Flourish

After Javier Garcia, Ph.D. ’21 obtained his doctorate, walking into a room was different.

Having grown up in a farm-working community, Garcia said he was accustomed to being with people who had little more than a second or third-grade education, including his own parents.

“I would walk into spaces, knowing I’m the only person in this entire community who has a Ph.D. and being in that space made me think, ‘if I can do it, other people can also succeed on this education path.’” He said. “I felt hope.” 

7 Tips to Help You Successfully Complete Your Dissertation

Let’s face it - writing is hard! Writing your thesis/dissertation is a lot like long-distance running; it requires isolation, endurance, time, and motivation.  Most doctoral students are running a long-distance marathon for about three years.  Here are seven quick tips to help you organize things well before your final deadline.

Commencement Speaker Laura Lindenfeld’s Words of Wisdom

UC Davis Graduate Studies alumna Laura Lindenfeld, Ph.D. ’03 has dedicated her career to helping the public through science communication.

Lindenfeld is Dean of the School of Communication and Journalism at Stony Brook University, and Executive Director of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science—a center that is dedicated to helping scientists improve their communication skills using techniques from improvisational theater. She also was the commencement speaker for the Graduate Studies graduation ceremony on June 9, 2022.

Meghna Srivastava Receives Jeffery C. Gibeling Award for Best Master’s Thesis

Meghna Srivastava is this year’s recipient of the College of Engineering’s Jeffery C. Gibeling Master’s Thesis Excellence Award. Srivastava earned her M.S. in materials science and engineering under the mentorship of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) Associate Professor Marina Leite.

The annual award recognizes one M.S. student in the College of Engineering who has submitted the best master’s thesis. The award not only honors the individual student and publicizes their exemplary research, but also acknowledges the mentorship of their major professor.

Alternative Energies, Mentorship and Building Community at UC Davis

This story originally appeared on the UC Davis College of Letters and Science website.

The spark for science was always within Jessica Ortiz-Rodríguez. As a child growing up in Puerto Rico, she loved visiting the Discovery Channel Store. And when the holidays rolled around, Ortiz-Rodríguez’s parents always knew there’d be something there that they could gift their daughter. Telescopes, microscopes, chemistry sets, the list went on and on. 

Doctoral Fellow Solving Botswana Water Scarcity Crisis

Goabaone Jaqueline Ramatlapeng can vividly remember when she would go without water from domestic pipes for days. Growing up in Kopong, a rural village in Botswana, Ramatlapeng and her family faced a plight that those in surrounding villages knew as well: water scarcity. And when the water did flow, it was salty.    

Graduate Studies Announces 2021-2022 Honors and Awards

Graduate Studies is pleased to announce and celebrate the dedicated and talented individuals who have earned awards and recognition for their exceptional achievement in the 2021-2022 academic year.

The following graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and professors are recognized for outstanding contributions in research, teaching, and mentorship.

Uncharted Territory: Graduate Students Look Inside and Out in Creating for Exhibition

UC Davis’ Graduate Show Shines Light on Excellence From Art to Music to Political Science

UC Davis College of Letters and Science graduate students will share their work with the public as the multidisciplinary “Arts & Humanities 2022 Graduate Exhibition” returns following two years of virtual exhibitions. It showcases 27 students from eight programs creating in many mediums, including sculpture, painting, experimental music and virtual reality, and often addressing pressing issues of our time.

Requests for COVID-Related Adjustment to Summer TA Assignments

Dear Graduate Students,

As was the case in fall 2021 and winter and spring 2022, the default mode of instruction for both summer sessions 2022 will be in-person, with an exception for hybrid and virtual courses previously approved by the Committee on Courses of Instruction (COCI).

Laura Lindenfeld to Deliver 2022 Graduate Studies Commencement Address

Alumna and communication researcher Laura Lindenfeld Ph.D. ’03 will return to UC Davis as the keynote speaker for the 2022 Graduate Studies Commencement on Thursday, June 9, at the University Credit Union Center.

Lindenfeld is the Dean of the School of Communication and Journalism and a professor of journalism at Stony Brook University, where she oversees a team of dedicated faculty and staff, including Pulitzer Prize winners, to educate and train the next generation of multimedia journalists and communication professionals.

Announcing the 2022 Distinguished Graduate and Postdoctoral Scholar Mentorship Award Recipients

Graduate Studies and Graduate Council are pleased to present awards for outstanding mentoring of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. The Distinguished Graduate and Postdoctoral Mentorship Awards recognize the vital role mentoring plays in the academic and professional development of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at UC Davis. A letter of recognition and $1,000 will be conferred to each awardee.  

Congratulations to the following recipients:

Remote Participation for QEs in Summer 2022

Dear All,

The recommendation for Qualifying Examinations scheduled for Summer 2022 will be the same as the current quarter: we encourage all graduate programs to hold QEs in person. However, we recognize that continued flexibility may be needed. Thus, the process for reviewing and approving Summer 2022 QEs will be the same as that for Spring 2022. 

Students may request any of the following formats for their Summer 2022 QE: