At UC Davis, we pride ourselves on our tradition of hands-on, real-world experiences for students in every academic discipline. The following programs beyond the boundaries of campus are just a few of the ways our undergraduates involve themselves in enriching projects, putting classroom knowledge into practice and serving the community at the same time. Visit our Research Opportunities page for campus programs to further enrich your undergraduate experience.
Davis Bridge provides undergraduates with hands-on, culturally sensitive teaching experience with low income students in the Latino community. Davis Bridge partners with our Chicana/o Studies to provide free tutoring through after-school homework clubs staffed by UC Davis students who provide superb academic support and are excellent role models for the younger students.
Since 1999, UC Davis' ArtsBridge gives students of the fine and performing arts a chance to bring their passion for creativity to K-12 classrooms in Yolo and Sacramento Counties. ArtsBridge scholars introduce young students to hands-on dance, music and theater projects. ArtsBridge scholars cooperate with classroom teachers to develop lessons that involve students directly in the creation of art.
Student-run Community Clinics
UC Davis offers undergraduates the opportunity to work alongside UC Davis Medical Center physicians and medical students in seven community health clinics serving the Sacramento area. Undergraduate students act as interpreters, patient advocates, receptionists and lab workers. Clinic experience provides an early opportunity for hands-on training that is indispensible for a career in medicine, nursing or public health.
The Student Farm is an innovative teaching and research facility located on 25 acres of university land just west of the Recreation Pool. Since its inception, the Student Farm has given students the unique opportunity to explore alternative agricultural technologies and philosophies through classes, special projects, internships, work study jobs and original research. Because the farm includes several acres of land that have been managed organically for two decades, it provides researchers with a facility for conducting field research into sustainable agriculture.
UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory (BML)
The UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory at Bodega Bay is located on the Sonoma County coast, about 100 miles from Davis. The marine lab sits on the 362-acre Bodega Marine Reserve, which includes 65 laboratories and offices exploring issues affecting marine and coastal ecosystems. The surrounding waters contain one of the most diverse marine ecosystems in California. BML offers a program of study in marine biology for upper division undergraduates during spring quarter and summer session. Participants work in close association with BML faculty and staff, developing technical skills while pursuing research areas of personal interest. BML's housing facility for students and visitors assures a place for all students admitted to the program.
UC Davis School Gardening Program
The UC Davis School Gardening Program is a working farm and garden that gives visiting schoolchildren the chance to learn about ecological interactions and environmental science. UC Davis students in agricultural and environmental sciences work here to create a living demonstration of the important role that plants and animals play in our daily lives. After completing an internship, many UC Davis students are able to work directly with schoolchildren at their home schools, helping to develop and maintain school gardens and teach students more about environmental principles and concerns.
UC Center Sacramento Scholar Intern Program
Through the UC Center Sacramento Scholar Intern Program, students gain invaluable professional experience, insight into the process and history of California public policy formation, and an early step forward in developing their own careers. While in Sacramento, students work as full-time interns and attend classes and workshops or current policy California policy issues, such as housing, education, and the environment. Whatever your interest, the UC Center Sacramento can help you get ahead.
UC Davis Washington Program
Put your finger on the pulse of America. Spend a summer or a quarter at the UC Davis Washington Program, earning academic credit while you experience life and work in Washington, D.C.
Undergraduate Emergency Medicine Research Associate Program (EMRAP)
UC Davis students participating in the EMRAP gain valuable experience conducting medical research at the UC Davis Medical Center, one of our state's premier Level 1 trauma facilities. This unique program is one of only a few such undergraduate programs in the nation that feature hands-on experience in a research institution that uses the latest, cutting-edge technologies. Students work alongside medical school faculty and typically receive strong letters of recommendation, in addition to course credit. Motivated students may be offered additional research opportunities or authorship recognition. The EMRAP is a rare opportunity that can enhance your UC Davis undergraduate experience.