Resources for Graduate Students

Supporting Graduate Student Success - UC Davis Graduate Studies

UC Davis Graduate Studies provides students with the resources and services you need throughout your graduate experience. Whether it's working behind the scenes with your faculty and graduate program staff, assisting you in identifying funding opportunities, managing research and teaching appointments, providing academic and professional skills training, or helping you achieve well-being and life balance, Graduate Studies is here to help you achieve academic success by supporting you from the day you are admitted until you’ve earned your graduate degree.

Diversity Resources

UC Davis values a diversity of viewpoints, backgrounds, and experiences among its graduate student population and remains committed to facilitating a campus atmosphere well suited to this diversity. As part of this commitment, UC Davis offers numerous services, workshops and training, as well as key faculty, staff, and students situated to promote and address the needs of diverse students and those allied in this mission.

View Graduate Studies' Diversity resources

Financial Support

Financial support for graduate study at UC Davis is available in several forms, including: internal and external fellowships, academic employment and nonresident supplemental tuition programs. There are different procedures for applying for each type of financial assistance, so it is essential that you apply as early as possible for financial support.  

View Graduate Studies' Financial Support resources

Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Program

UC Davis is proud to offer support to underrepresented students entering doctoral programs in the biomedical sciences through the National Institutes of Health-Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (NIH-IMSD). The IMSD program aims to increase biomedical and behavioral sciences Ph.D. degree holders from underrepresented groups.

Visit the IMSD program website

Mentoring Resources

The faculty mentor/student relationship will be one of the most important relationships you will have during your graduate career. UC Davis Graduate Council adopted faculty/student mentoring guidelines in 1999 updated in 2016, that explain what mentoring is and the expectations faculty and students should have of one another. The Population Biology Graduate Group adopted the UC Davis Graduate Council June 27, 2016 Mentoring Guidelines as outlined on our site here, or available here: Information about these mentoring guidelines and other mentor resources is here:

View Graduate Studies' Mentoring resources

Registration and Enrollment

University policy requires continuous registration for students from the first quarter of enrollment in a program until completion of the degree. To be considered a registered student, students must be enrolled in coursework or 299 (research) units and pay tuition and fees for the quarter.

View Graduate Studies' Registration and Enrollment resources

Teaching Assistant Opportunities

There are teaching assistant and reader opportunities across campus.  General information on student teaching is available from Graduate Studies here

Below are some links and/or information related to applying for teaching assistant or reader positions.  Included is the Aggie Job Link main campus job/application site, as well as a partial list of departments offering teaching assistant and reader positions in departments where you may have an interest in applying. 

  • Aggie Job Link - campus job (teaching assistant, reader, etc.) and internship application portal:

Application site:

The Internship and Career Center has some helpful Aggie Job Link tips here

  • Handshake - campus job (teaching assistant, reader, etc.) and internship application portal:

Application site:

Contact:  Check website

  • Environmental Science and Policy:

Application site:

Contact:  Jennifer Carriere,

  • Evolution and Ecology (for EVE, and BIS 2B courses):

Application site:

Contact:  Sherri Mann,

  • Molecular and Cellular Biology (for BIS 101, BIS 2A, BIS 2C, MCB, Micro, NPB, PLB, etc. courses)

Application site:

Contact:  Debbie Smith (for BIS 101...); Lisa Blake (for Plant Biology); also, check the application site for current contact information

  • Nutrition:

Application site: 

Contact:  Check website

  • Plant Sciences:

Application site: 

Contact:  Lisa Brown,

  • Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology:

Application site:

Contact:  Danielle Huddleston,


Additional Resources and Links

Graduate Student Resource List (listing of resources from Food/Nutrition to Entertainment, etc...)

Academic Calendar:
Dissertation Filing Dates: and
UC Davis Academic and Events Calendar:

Computer Resources: Campus Computing Website

Financial Resources:
FAFSA = Free Application for Federal Student Aid:
Pay Dates
Student Financial Aid:
Student Accounting:
Student Fees for AY 18-19:
Average Student Costs Annually (Domestic and International):
Regulations for Graduate Students Receiving Fellowships 

Housing Opportunities:
City of Davis Home Page:
Davis Wiki:
Off Campus housing prices and things to know:
UCD Community Housing Listing:
Property management services and community apartments/cooperatives:
Craig's List for Sacramento (our students have had some good and some bad experiences with this)
The California Aggie (a local publication):
The Davis Enterprise (local Davis newspaper classifieds/rentals.
The Sacramento Bee: and

In your research, you may come across references to Aggie Village and the West Village - housing developments catering to the needs of UCD faculty and staff. Relatively new and not always available. Some sublet to students.
Aggie Village:
West Village:


Library Resources
UC Davis Shields Library:
Science Grad Student Guide to the Library:

News (Campus and Community):
UC Davis Grad Link:
UC Davis Publications, News, and Broadcasts: http:////
California Aggie:
Graduate Student Associate (GSA):
The Sacramento Bee:
Davis Enterprise:
Woodland Daily Democrat:


SISWEB: Student Information System on the Web

Student Handbooks:
The Platypus Guide: Our Program's Student Handbook (PDF)
Mentoring Guidelines from the Office of Graduate Studies Website (PDF); and here
Graduate Student Employment Handbook for Teaching Assistants and Associates In (PDF) (Last revised 12/2009)
Graduate Student Resources - UC Davis Graduate Studies

Student Services:
Office of Graduate Studies (OGS):
Office of University Registrar (OUR):
Student Health and Counseling Service (GSHIP):
Student ID Cards (replacement and uses):
Services for International Students and Scholars:

Transportation Resources (Local and Regional):

General information... 

Amtrak Train Station: 840 Second Street, Downtown Davis
BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit): Station Locations and Map
Bike Barn at UC Davis: Rentals, purchase, and repair
Sacramento International Airport: Airport location code SMF
San Francisco International Airport: Airport location code SFO
STA Travel (online or at the campus MU): STA Travel Website
Unitrans Bus Service (ASUCD): Route Maps and Schedules
Yolo Bus County Transportation District: Service Schedules