Why UC Davis?

For students who seek graduate study in biology, the answer is simple: The HBCU GAP program at UC Davis will provide a stellar research experience and superb preparation for graduate study.

In 2019, UC Davis ranked first in the nation in the number of students from underrepresented groups earning PhDs in agricultural sciences and 14th nationally in biological and biomedical sciences.

Our faculty do research at the cutting edge of science and are skilled mentors recognized for their work with students.

“[My mentors’] enthusiasm and knowledge were infectious and they motivated me to be a better scientist.”

In addition to hands-on research, HBCU GAP scholars will prepare for application to graduate programs, receive detailed written comments on statements of purpose, and network with current UC Davis graduate students and faculty. By the end of the summer, HBCU GAP scholars will know what to expect in graduate school.

During the summer program at UC Davis, HBCU GAP scholars will live in comfortable, up-to-date campus housing, with a flexible meal plan, health coverage, and access to UC Davis’ superb student recreation facilities. Each HBCU GAP scholar will have a rented bicycle for transportation around the campus. Last but not least, the formal program includes field trips, social events, and other outings.

Davis is centrally located in northern California, with convenient public transportation to Sacramento and San Francisco for weekend excursions. For those who seek outdoor recreation, Davis has miles of bike paths, and pleasant trails for walking and running. Weekend excursions to the coast and mountains are only a few hours away.

Davis’ Mediterranean climate and location near the Sacramento River Delta generally lead to warm, dry days with a cool evening breeze. Residents enjoy summer concerts both outdoors and at the Mondavi Center, a Farmer’s Market that has received national recognition, and downtown conveniently near the UC Davis campus.


UC Davis and beyond

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