Opportunities for Non-UC Davis Students

NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

The Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. REU projects involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program. There are currently 2 active REUs on the UC Davis campus. Please contact the PIs for additional information.


PI:  Dr. Rena Zieve  Email:  reu@london.ucdavis.edu

The Department of Physics has hosted an NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates site since 2004. During the 10-week program students live on campus while working alongside our faculty and graduate students on ongoing research projects. Students get a view of physics very different from typical coursework.  Note: UC Davis undergraduates are not eligible for this program.  


PI:  Dr. Annaliese Franz or Dr. Kirill Kovnir  Email:  chem-reu@ucdavis.edu

The UC Davis ChemEnergy REU aims to provide diverse undergraduate students with a unique 10-week research experience tackling state-of-the-art research problems in energy, materials, catalysis, and biotechnology. REU students will live on campus and work alongside faculty and graduate students to gain a unique perspective on modern chemistry research. Students will also network with faculty and students in weekly social activities, participate in field trips to local companies and a weekend trip to Lake Tahoe, and receive training to improve science communication skills.

Note: UC Davis undergraduates are not eligible for this program.  

Molecular and Cellular Biology Graduate Admissions Pathways (MCBGAP) Program

PI:  Sean Burgess Email: smburgess@ucdavis.edu

The goal of the MCBGAP program is to engage undergraduate students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) in basic research in molecular and cellular biology on the UC Davis campus and to show that participating in basic research is one of several pathways to success. The program will bring up to six outstanding MCBGAP Scholars per year to UC Davis to participate in mentored research in participating faculty labs. The summer program will also include a GRE prep course and tours of UCD core facilities, a local biotech company, and the UCSF Gladstone Institute. The program culminates with a research symposium involving the combined UC Davis UC-HBCU programs where the scholars will present the findings of their summer research project.  Note: UC Davis undergraduates are not eligible for this program.