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College Priority Areas

Undergraduate Student Support

  • CBS Undergraduate Support
  • Gifts to this fund will support College of Biological Sciences undergraduates by allowing deserving students an opportunity to learn, study and grow here at UC Davis. Give
  • Biology Undergrad Scholars Program
  • Gifts to BUSP enable undergraduates an unparalleled opportunity to experience a rigorous academic program by working in a biology research laboratory, meeting regularly with skilled advisers, and receiving academic guidance and personal support. 
  • Kathleen C. Green Scholarship in Biology
  • This scholarship honors Green’s career as a biologist and is awarded to undergraduate students based on a combination of outstanding scholastic achievement and financial need, with a preference for female students with junior or senior standing. 
  • Kendra M. Chan Award
  • Support undergraduate students who are selected based on academic merit to perform an independent research project while living at the Bodega Marine Laboratory for one summer, with the goal of publishing findings in a scientific journal and presenting at a professional conference. Give
  • Rost Family Biology K-12 Ed Scholarship
  • Gifts to this fund will provide support for an undergraduate major in the College of Biological Sciences who is committed to becoming a K-12 science teacher. Give

Experiential Learning

  • Alumni to Aggie Student Research Award

  • This award supports undergraduate research at UC Davis, specifically for students participating in the CBS Dean's Circle Undergraduate Research Program and who are conducting research in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, and/or biomedical engineering.

  • Alys Hay Travel Award
  • With a preference for first-generation students, this award allows students to participate in unique experiences such as conferences, workshops, and other academic or professional ventures that help advance their skills, knowledge, and/or professional network. Give
  • Ronald and Lydia Baskin Research Award

  • Gifts to this award help support ongoing recognition of one or more graduating seniors who are performing outstanding original research in the biological sciences within any of the four undergraduate colleges at UC Davis. Give

  • Undergraduate Research Excellence Fund

  • This fund is used to support students who participate in experiential learning through undergraduate research, field research and study abroad. Give

Graduate Student Support

  • CBS Graduate Support
  • This fund is the best way to provide general support for graduate students studying in any of the college’s eight interdisciplinary graduate groups. Give

  • Center for Population Biology Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • Gifts to the fellowship fund support this unique two-year opportunity for a young, rising biologist to conduct independent, interdisciplinary projects that bridge the interests of two or more research groups. Give

  • Ecology and Evolution Graduate Preview Program

  • Donations will support this unique program, which was developed and is run by UC Davis graduate students to lower barriers to graduate school through virtual sessions, mentorship and fee waivers for historically excluded or marginalized participants. Give

  • Sharon Gray Memorial Award

  • Gifts to this fund help continue the Sharon Gray Memorial Award, which provides an annual award to one or more CBS graduate students who demonstrate outstanding mentorship to high school students, undergraduates or peer women. Give

  • Simon Chan Memorial Fellowship

  • This memorial fund supports graduate fellowships in the Department of Plant Biology. Give

Student Enrichment and Diversity Programs

  • AvenueB Program

  • AvenueB helps community college transfer students smoothly transition to UC Davis, and ultimately, a career in life sciences. The program was developed by UC Davis and supported by founding partner, Genentech Foundation, in collaboration with regional community college districts.


  • BioLaunch Program

  • The BioLaunch program helps freshmen and transfer students develop a sense of community, build life science skills and find research opportunities within the College of Biological Sciences.


  • Health Professions Advising Support Fund

  • Health Professions Advising serves all undergraduate, graduate students and alumni pursuing a health profession. Advisors use holistic advising to help develop students’ metrics, experiences and attributes before applying, and during the application process.


  • Judith S. Schreider Health Professions Advising Endowment

  • Gifts to this fund honor the legacy of Schreider by supporting the Health Professions Advising program, which she played an integral role in creating and sustaining.


Facilities, Labs and Faculty Research Programs

  • Botanical Conservatory General Support Fund

  • Gifts support the Botanical Conservatory's mission to inspire, facilitate, promote and engage our visitors with an understanding and appreciation of plants, their diversity and the pivotal role they play in their environments.


  • Healthy Brain Aging Research Fund

  • Gifts to the Center for Neuroscience’s Healthy Brain Aging Research Fund will support innovative research that reveal the remarkable complexity of the brain and catalyze new treatments to promote and improve brain health throughout the lifespan.


  • Joseph and Emma Lin Biological Orchard And Gardens

  • Gifts support a landscape in the heart of the campus that is a living museum that showcases permaculture practices and biodiversity. A quarter of the space features a first-of-its-kind orchard of heirloom California fruit trees threatened with extinction. Visitors to the garden are free to sample the harvest.


  • Dorothy Leong Dunn Alzheimer's Disease Research Fund

  • Gifts to this fund support an endowment administered by the Center for Neuroscience. Once fully funded, this endowment will support basic and translational neuroscience research to inform and advance new treatments for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.


Lectures and Outreach Programs

  • Michael A. Savageau Lecture in Molecular Systems Biology

  • Gifts will support hosting prominent speakers who exemplify the creative use of mathematical and computational methods to achieve mechanistic understanding of function, design, and evolution of molecular systems at UC Davis.  


  • Martin L. Privalsky Memorial Lecture

  • Gifts help honor the life and career of Martin L. Privalsky by supporting a lecture in his memory. The Fund may be used for expenses including, but not limited to, speakers’ honorariums and travel, event, lodging, administrative, and hospitality expenses related to the lecture.


  • Tracy I. and Ruth R. Storer Lectureship in Life Sciences

  • Gifts support the most prestigious of the endowed seminars at UC Davis. Established in 1960, the Storer Endowment makes it is possible to invite distinguished biological scientists to campus to present two lectures and meet with faculty members and graduate students in their field of interest.


  • Center for Neuroscience Community Outreach Fund

  • Gifts support community outreach events, materials, equipment and other resources to enhance learning and help disseminate information that increase the community’s understanding of how the brain works and the development of new prevention and treatments for neurological and psychiatric disorders.