Campus Resources for Graduate Students

University Writing Program Graduate Courses

A number of graduate level writing courses are offered for students at all stages of their career. Typical course offerings include: Introduction to Graduate School Writing, Writing a Literature Review, Writing a Journal Article for Publication, Journal Editing Workshop, etc.

Graduate Pathways Institute for Professional Development

The GradPathways Institute (GPI) for Professional Development provides innovative programming based on 8 core competencies. This comprehensive program is designed to help graduate students and postdoctoral scholars succeed in their chosen career paths and at UC Davis. Nationally-recognized, the GPI has served as a model for other graduate student and postdoctoral professional development programs across the nation.  Programming for each competency is provided through the Institute and in partnership with UC Davis campus units.

Data Science Initiative (DSI) services

The Data Science Initiative provides training, advice and collaboration services to researchers (faculty, postdocs, graduate students, staff) on all aspects of the data-driven and data-enabled research, including: Developing research questions and grant proposals; Using Data Science tools; Obtaining and accessing data; Approaches for cleaning and transforming data; Data analysis via statistical and machine learning and modeling, etc.

Social Science Data Service

SSDS provides consulting services on a range of software and data sources used in social science research.  The Data Service sprovides support to a range of users in the Division of Social Science and across the campus. Staff can assist with questions regarding the use of SSDS computers, as well as statistical and data-related programming. Limited statistical consulting also is available on both basic and intermediate methods including multiple regression, crosstabs, t-tests, and other procedures. In addition, our staff is knowledgeable about social science data sources and provides access to a variety of data sources.

FUTURE Program

The Frontiers of University Training to Unlock the Research Enterprise (FUTURE) is a program at UC Davis that builds on the university’s experience and successes in career development training to expand professional growth opportunities for biomedical science graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The mission of the FUTURE program is to enable and empower graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to develop their own educational portfolios and be the architects of their own successful career paths.

Success Coaching Program

"Are you feeling stuck? Are you having difficulty reaching your goals? A success coach will help you discover strategies to take control of your academic, personal, and professional success. Our graduate student coaches are specially trained to help you unlock your full potential. Coaches are not academic advisors, tutors, or clinicians. Your coach will not tell you what to do, but will help you feel supported and encouraged to reach the goals you set for yourself, while being pushed and held accountable along the way. Coaching sessions are 30 minutes."

Mental Health and Counseling Services

"Counseling services help students to realize their academic and personal goals. Meeting with a counselor can help students clarify issues, explore options, and cope more effectively."

Faculty-Student Mentoring Guidelines

"At UC Davis, we believe that mentorship is a priceless investment in student and institutional success. UC Davis Graduate Studies supports and advances graduate faculty-student mentoring through a variety of efforts, most notably the Mentoring at Critical Transitions Seminar Series, the Mentoring at Critical Transitions Fellowship, and the Distinguished Graduate and Distinguished Postdoctoral Scholar Mentoring Awards."

Dealing with obstacles and conflict

"Whether you're experiencing a gap in funding or a conflict with a professor, UC Davis Graduate Studies is here to help you navigate and overcome obstacles to your academic success. We are available to meet with all graduate students individually to discuss any problems or concerns you are experiencing."

Drop-in advising with Graduate Studies

Stop by Graduate Studies to check in or ask questions regarding your academic progress, goals, and obstacles. 

Services for International Students and Scholars

SISS provides orientation, assistance, information, and referral to international students, faculty, and researchers regarding financial, personal, cultural, and academic concerns.