Provost's Undergraduate Fellowship (PUF)


Due to the expected delays in undergraduate research activities due to response to the Corona Virus,  we are extending the deadlines for use of funds and student final reporting on all Provost's Undergraduate Fellowship projects.  


The Provost’s Undergraduate Fellowship (PUF) supports undergraduate students doing research or creative projects under the guidance of UC Davis faculty members. Students from all discipline areas are eligible to apply.  Applicants need to be enrolled during the time of the research project.   Past projects have involved laboratory research, field studies, survey research, film production, design and creation of art elements, music composition, fine arts performances, travel to library or research collections, and many other endeavors. Group projects are not appropriate, however, separate (but linked) projects may be considered. The maximum award is $1,800 toward approved costs directly related to the project.


  • Full or part time registered UC Davis undergraduate
  • Good academic standing
  • Meet satisfactory academic progress
  • Enrolled during the quarter(s) that the research is carried out (for Spring Call of the award, applicant must be on continuing student status during the summer and enrolled in fall quarter)

PUF DEADLINE:  The next deadline for PUF applications will be in November 2020 for projects being conducted in Winter an Spring Quarter of 2021.  Application submissions will be accepted beginning in September 2020.  


College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences:

Annalise Gushue, Plant Science,
Building a Novel FRET Sensor for G Protein Signaling in Chemotaxis

Avalon Miller, Global Disease Biology
Characterizing Structure-Function of Plant Organ Growth Regulating Complex

Samuel Deck, Biotechnology
From Cancer Biology to Tomato Physiology: Mechanistic Characterization of DDA1-DDB1 Complex

Gautam Mathur, Environmental Science & Management
Effects of Changing Precipitation on Plant Traits in the Southwestern US

Jonas Grove, Biotechnology
Effect of CBF1 Silencing on Postharvest Chilling Injury in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum)

Maria Gonzalez, Animal Biology
Evaluation of Three In-Vitro Platforms to Study Animal Gastrointestinal Function


College of Biological Sciences:

Siddhi Ganesh,  Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior and Pyschology, 
Qualitative Study Evaluating the Relationship Between Poverty and Substance Use in Sacramento Community

Jillian Dyer, Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity              
     The Effects of Nitrogen Deposition and Water Availability on Germination Rates and Fractions of  Native and Invasive Seeds in Serpentine Grasslands

Vanessa Minie, Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior,
Reducing Stereotypic-Like Behaviors in Laboratory-Housed California Mice

Isabella Glenn,  Molecular Biology          
     First Steps Towards Optimizing Plastic Biodegradation Pathways via PETase Enzyme

Savita Sastry, Microbiology        
     Improved Differentiation of Bifidobacterium Communities Using groEL Primers

Mackenzie Noon, Genetics and Genomics
A Potential method of Cancer Adaptation; Autophagy-mediated rDNA Contraction

Cindy Truong,    Genetics and Genomics,
     Phosphorylation of TIMELESS by CK2a kinase Regulates Light Response of Animal circadian Clock

Madeline Handy, Microbiology
A Study Regarding the Micobiome Structure in the Carpenter Bee X. varipuncta

Jayashri  Viswanathan, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology       
     Structure-Activity Relationship of Psychedelic Analogs

College of Engineering:

Andrew  Ramirez, Chemical Engineering             
     Angiogenic Therapeutics for the Treatment of Peripheral Ischemia in Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Devi Jaykrishnana, Biomedical Engineering
Develop and Characterize a Platform Technology for Delivery of Drugs to the Brain

College of Letters and Science:

Jacob Lloveras,  Cinema and Digital Media and Communication
     The Cinema of You

Mira Milic, Pharmaceutical Chemistry   
     NMR Spectroscopy as a Tool to Quantify Hydrogen-Bond Accepting Ability

Teja Dusanapudi, English
The Harmonies of Nature: Wallace Stevens and Poetry as Conservation Ecology

Haleigh Miller,   Math and Scientific Computation,
     A Study Comparing Bayesian Species Tree Inference Methods by Simulation

Ellen Chu, Pharmaceutical Chemistry    
     Exploring the Target Recognition Mechanism of MutY using 2-Br-8-oxo-2’-deoxyinosine oligonucleotide Analogs

Anthony Lagunda, Psychology
     Investigating the Effect of Semantic Meaning on Overt and Covert Spatial Attention

Ignacio  Segura, Music   
     A New Light​: A Trek Through Dante’s Inferno