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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.

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.

Beyond the Barriers Launch & Celebration

Members of the UC Davis community and the public are invited to the Beyond the Barriers Launch & Celebration.

Beyond the Barriers is an initiative launched this year to support and recognize formerly incarcerated and system impacted students, faculty and staff, and foster innovative research that centralizes and addresses the challenges and effects that mass incarceration and the over-reliance on imprisonment has presented in the state of California and the US.

Kayton Carter Named Executive Director for Academic Advising Enrichment

Former executive director of campus retention centers brings experience and perspective to advance equity in student outcomes.

Kayton Carter, MA has been named Executive Director for Academic Advising Enrichment at UC Davis. A unit of Undergraduate Education, Academic Advising Enrichment was established in 2014 to strengthen the UC Davis student experience by providing centralized, campus-wide leadership and advocacy for academic advising.

Taking A Hands-On Approach

Washington Program Director Helps Students Find Their Path   

By Sarah Colwell

Cheryl Purifoy’s mission is to give students real-world experiences that help them imagine their future.

As Director of the UC Davis Washington Program, Purifoy leads a team focused on equipping students to vie for competitive internships in the nation’s capital and connecting them with industry experts. 

Poet Brandon Leake to Headline Leadership Conference

America's Got Talent Winner Leads a Stellar Lineup 

Poet and artist-educator Brandon Leake will be keynote speaker at the Aggies Leading the Way conference this Friday evening. Hosted annually by the UC Davis Center for Leadership Learning, this year's virtual conference will also feature  actor Gabriela Cristina Fresquez, host of The LatinXpert, and Vernon A. Wall, President and Founder of One Better World LLC.