Underachievers No More

One in five students in the United States will not earn a high school diploma — and young adolescents who fall behind in school risk never catching up, leading to unemployment, poor health and poverty, research has shown.

But a new University of California, Davis, study of intermediate school students in urban California and New York shows promise for underachievers. Researchers found that early intervention with teachers, training students that intelligence is malleable and achievable, caused struggling students to flourish and improve their grades.

A Message From the Dean - February 2019

The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences engages students in innovative, practical and integrated learning. We want our Aggies to leave campus with essential life skills and hands-on experience that will help them succeed. To do this, we continually review our curriculum to make sure our students have access to coursework that exposes them to opportunities and challenges they may experience after graduation. Below is a sampling of some of the new and newly revised courses we’re offering across a variety of disciplines within the college. 

Ethnic Diversity in Schools May Be Good for Students’ Grades

Problem-solving skills may improve, too

Editor’s note: As the school year begins, this story is one in a series on UC Davis’ role in researching K-12 education.

Early adolescents’ grades were higher when they socialized with peers from other ethnicities, according to the findings of a University of California, Davis, study that looked at the lunching habits of more than 800 sixth-graders in three states.

A new generation of marine scientists

National Science Foundation award will help UC Davis train graduate students for coastal work

The University of California, Davis, is receiving a nearly $3 million award from the National Science Foundation to train the next generation of marine scientists under a new paradigm that puts a focus on policy at the front end of research.

Bright Idea

UC Davis to help young Africans address energy challenges

The University of California, Davis, has been selected to host the second energy institute for young African leaders who are tackling energy challenges in their countries.

Fellows learn how to measure tree carbon on a field trip to Lake Tahoe during the 2016 institute. (Julia Ann Easley/UC Davis photo)

$2 Million Gift on Tap

Sierra Nevada Brewing owners establish endowment in the UC Davis Brewing Program.

Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and his wife, Katie Gonser, have presented UC Davis with a $2 million gift to support the campus’s renowned brewing science program.

The gift establishes an endowment to provide ongoing funding for a full-time staff brewing position, focused on excellence in hands-on brewing education in the UC Davis Department of Food Science and Technology.

Advanced Studies

New Master of Science offered in Environmental Policy and Management

UC Davis is offering a new Master of Science degree in Environmental Policy and Management (EPM). The priority application deadline for the inaugural class, which begins next fall, is January 15, 2017.

Good Guidance

CA&ES academic advisors help students get the resources they need to succeed

UC Davis is a big place. To make it feel a little more intimate and easier to navigate, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CA&ES) Dean’s Office has made several changes in student advising. 

“We’re trying to take this big campus and make it smaller for students,” said CA&ES Associate Dean Susan Ebeler, head of Undergraduate Academic Programs (UAP). “We want to help students make the connections they need to build a network of support and succeed here.”