Undergraduate Research Awards

The application period for these awards ended on Tuesday, February 15, 2022

The deadline to apply for all awards is Tuesday, February 15, 2022. The deadline for recommendations is Monday, February 28, 2022.

Dean's Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Science doesn’t stop for summer, but for many undergraduate students, research projects started during the school year can be put on the backburner once school lets out. At the College of Biological Sciences, we’re committed to providing our students with enriching research experiences that pave the way for academic and career success while bolstering their identities as scientists.

The CBS Dean’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program provides funding for undergraduate students, allowing them to continue research projects started during the school year. Designed for students already in a laboratory, this program provides the means to help students continue research through the summer, when they might otherwise leave for summer employment.

Program: Students will be selected to continue their projects during a 10-week summer period where they are expected to spend 40 hours/week in the lab (i.e. not in summer session classes). They’ll meet regularly as a group with Associate Dean Gregg Recanzone to discuss their research projects, their progress and pitfalls of the research process. At the end of the program, students will give a brief project presentation to the group and others in the UC Davis community.

Eligibility: Students must be a CBS major in good standing at the end of their freshman, sophomore or junior year. They must also be conducting their research project in the laboratory of a CBS faculty member.

Alumni to Aggie Summer Research Award

The Alumni to Aggie Summer Research Award supports the CBS Dean’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program by providing summer stipends to student working in lab. This fund, created by several CBS alumni, wishes to serve students conducting research in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, and/or biomedical engineering. Appropriate expenses may include, but are not limited to, student awards, research supplies, and travel expenses. This fund places emphasis on supporting underrepresented populations in biological sciences.

Charles and Nanci Cooper Undergraduate Research Award (Genome Center)

Charles and Nanci Cooper Undergraduate Research Award have two awards available for summer research in the Genome Center. The award can go to any CBS major who has an interest in gaining research experience in the UC Davis Genome Center. The fund may be used for expenses including, but not limited to, student awards, research supplies, travel experiences and/or stipends.

Khaira Family Experiential Learning Fund

The Khaira Family Experiential Learning Fund supports the CBS Dean’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program by providing funding for undergraduate students to have an experiential learning experience in a lab during the summer. This program provides the means to help students who might otherwise have to take on other employment.

Roy H. Doi Undergraduate Research Award (MCB)

Roy H. Doi Undergraduate Research Award has one award available for summer research. The undergraduate student much conduct research in a lab of an MCB faculty member, but can be from any major with sophomore through senior class standing. Preference will be given to first-gen student and/or those student who have financial need.

Stacey Roberts and Michael Lassner Award (Genome Center)

Stacey Roberts and Michael Lassner Award have two awards available for summer research in the Genome Center. The student must have a 3.25 GPA and be sophomore, junior or senior standing. The student must be interested in applying modern technology to agriculture or plant sciences in its broadest terms. Preference (not a requirement) for the award should be given to students who demonstrate financial need.

Awardees must be majoring in one of these areas:
College of Biological Sciences: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biological Science, Cellular Biology, Genetics and Genomics, Microbiology or Plant Biology.
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences: Biotechnology, Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry, Plant Sciences or Viticulture and Enology.