UE Statement In Response to Riots at the U.S. Capitol

The January 6, 2021 joint session of Congress, wherein our nation’s senators and representatives met to count the state-certified electoral ballots from the 2020 U.S. presidential election, was violently disrupted following riots and demonstrations on the National Mall. As has been widely broadcast by news organizations, a security breach by rioters resulted in violent clashes and halted the joint session. These disturbing acts represent an attack on our nation’s democracy, causing physical harm to numerous people and costing the lives of five individuals.

Lowering the Barriers to Undergraduate Research

This article originally appeared in the UC Davis College of Letters & Science blog. Original Article

College students are often told undergraduate research will give them an edge in the job market. But the steps involved in finding a project can seem daunting. UC Davis makes the process easier with courses that open doors to meaningful research for all students.

An Ethnography of Racial Trauma

Undergraduate Researcher-Artist Explores Slavery, Race, and the Narratives Surrounding the Black Body

Through ethnographic interviews with Black mothers and archival research, my hope is to bear witness to the voices that have been drowned out and turned into statistics. - from the Abstract of "Into My Mother's Womb: The Violence of Narration

Grace-Lynn Bridges '21 is a researcher, a storyteller, a poet and a painter. Her honors thesis, an ethnographic project around issues of slavery, race, and the narratives surrounding the black body, draws upon all of those skills.

Dave Furlow Steps Down as Honors Director, Associate Dean

Dave Furlow, Professor of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, will step down from his positions as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, Director of the University Honors Program, and Director of the First Year Seminars program at the end of summer. Furlow has been a quiet force in Undergraduate Education since 2015 when he took on his leadership role, overseeing the development of the newly-restructured honors program and doubling and diversifying first-year seminar offerings.

Celebrating Annaliese Franz's Leadership at the Undergraduate Research Center

Chemistry professor Annaliese Franz will transition out of her role as faculty director of the Undergraduate Research Center at the end of summer. Franz has brought extraordinary energy and focus to the center, which facilitates research opportunities for UC Davis undergraduates. The center has grown in scope, influence and impact on campus and systemwide, expanding externally funded projects, philanthropic donations, and research support and opportunities for students.

New Programs, Grants, and Awards

Spring Town Hall Addresses Return to Campus

Academic Leaders Discuss Remote Advising, Tech Equity, Anti-Racism 

The Undergraduate Education Student Advisory Board hosts quarterly town halls with academic leadership representing UE and each of the four colleges. All students are welcome to join, and we seek submissions of questions about issues impacting the educational experience at UC Davis.

In Spring 2021, questions focused largely on the transition to fall, with themes of instructional flexibilities, increasing demands for basic needs support, and academic equity.

Undergraduate Research Center Announces New Endowed Prize

Dean Keith Simonton Prize for Creativity in Undergraduate Research Recognizes Students Early in their Research Career

The Dean Keith Simonton Prize for Creativity in Undergraduate Research is a newly established annual award to support and encourage faculty-guided undergraduate research by UC Davis students. The award recognizes creativity, or the potential for creativity, in undergraduate research or design projects, as well as the student's innovative spirit and motivation.