Graduate Studies

Fulbright award winner Amanda Eke, a senior with B.A. in gender, sexuality and women's studies.

Graduate Programs in the College of Letters and Science

Our more than 1,500 graduate students at the College of Letters and Science are an essential driver for the college's strengths, conducting innovative research, leading creative programs and activities, and teaching undergraduates. Master's and doctoral degrees can be obtained in over 30 programs in the college. 

Graduate Student Success Stories

Melding Climate Science, Paleontology and Archaeology

Veronica Vriesman

Veronica Vriesman divides her time between the Davis campus and Bodega Marine Laboratory. In this interview, Vriesman shares her experiences in science and her goals for the future.

Graduate Student Advocate: Slande Erole

Slande Erole

Slande Erole, a doctoral student in political science, is the primary student representative for graduate students at UC Davis throughout the 2019-2020 academic year, serving as a voice for graduate student concerns, needs and perspectives.

Combining Biology and Anthropology: Claudio Monteza-Moreno

Claudio Monteza

The story of how Claudio Monteza-Moreno came to UC Davis illustrates how research today often crosses boundaries — reaching across disciplines and around the globe to explore complex problems.

Leading Global Physicists Gather at UC Davis

Amplitudes summer school

Nearly 100 of the world’s top students in theoretical physics traveled to UC Davis in June for the week-long Amplitudes Summer School, devoted to the study of scattering amplitudes and related topics in physics. Aimed at graduate students, the school offers introductory lectures from top experts, and a chance for students to present quick-fire summaries of their own research. 

Scattering amplitudes are mathematical objects represented by diagrams and formulas that describe interactions among elementary particles such as protons, electrons and neutrinos. The study of scattering amplitudes has applications ranging from predicting the outcomes at particle colliders to melding quantum theory with the standard model of physics. 

The summer school was hosted by the UC Davis Center for Quantum Mathematics and Physics (QMAP). At QMAP, researchers, postdocs, visitors and students work in concert to tackle questions such as the origin of space and time, quantum gravity and string theory. The school preceded the 10th annual Amplitudes international conference, held at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park.

Mellon Fellowship for Oral History Research in Peru

Renzo Aroni

History graduate student Renzo Aroni has been awarded a Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship to document a 1992 massacre of 18 peasants by the Maoist Shining Path in Peru. Read more about Aroni's award and his research. 

Composition Students’ Music Heard Far and Wide

UC Davis performance

When doctoral music composition students at UC Davis hear their music played for the first time, they hear it played by professionals who are champions of new music with years of performance experience. “It’s an absolute luxury to have these professional musicians play our work,” said student Jonathan Favero. “In many programs you have to beg, borrow and steal to find players.”