MPS Centers, Labs and Programs

Bodega Marine Laboratory

Through innovative research programs and teaching initiatives, the Bodega Marine Laboratory will lead the way to the multidisciplinary scientific understanding required to solve complex environmental problems on the marine and terrestrial sides of the tideline in northern California. UC Davis students may spend a quarter or summer at BML taking marine science courses and getting hands-on experience in a prominent research facility.

Crocker Nuclear Laboratory

The Crocker Nuclear Lab houses a medium-energy particle accelerator, the Davis 76-inch isochronous cyclotron, with associated facilities and scientific and technical personnel. The unique capabilities of the 76-inch cyclotron and related facilities at CNL have been utilized by scientists and engineers from private industry, universities and government agencies.

Energy for the Future

The Energy for the Future Initiative at UC Davis is an interdisciplinary program that focuses all current energy efforts into a single coordinated program. It targets three areas: energy for transportation systems, renewable energy, and energy at the molecular frontier.

John Muir Institute of the Environment

The John Muir Institute of the Environment supports innovation and discovery aimed at solving real-world environmental problems.

Nanomaterials in the Environment, Agriculture and Technology

Nanomaterials in the Environment, Agriculture and Technology (NEAT) is a multidisciplinary research and education program which links the fundamental physics, chemistry, and engineering of small particles and nanomaterials to several challenging areas of investigation.

Universe @ UC Davis

Universe @ UC Davis is a multi-disciplinary collaboration on the frontier of physics and information, devoted to astronomical probes of Dark Energy and Dark Matter. Directed by Tony Tyson, Universe@UCDavis is a collaboration between Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics.

Education Programs


COSMOS (California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science) is a four-week summer residential program for high achieving math and science students. Students live on campus and attend subject specific classes taught by UC faculty and researchers. The program is open to 8th-12th grade high school students.

Mathematics and Science Teaching (MAST) 

The mission of the MAST program is to support students interested in becoming K-12 math and science teachers. MAST provides prospective K-12 teachers with academic advising, courses designed for teaching math and science, and opportunities to work in K-12 classrooms.

Mentorships for Undergraduate Research Participants in the Physical & Mathematical Sciences (MURPPS)

Students with interests in chemistry, computer science, earth and planetary sciences, mathematics, physics and statistics can participate in MURPPS, which provides the opportunity to work one-on-one with UC Davis faculty. This research opportunity begins in your freshman year at UC Davis and continues throughout your undergraduate years, subject to the availability of future funding.