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Emerging Writer

February 28, 2018
Creative Writing Student Wins PEN Award

UC Davis Creative Writing graduate student Cristina Fries is one of the 12 winners of the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers. It is given by PEN American, an organization that offers a wide range of support to writers.

Her winning story "New Years in La Calera" is set in Colombia, South America, and follows a girl and her family encountering the rebel group FARC.

Student Awarded Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant (not verified) December 06, 2017
Shengling “Wilburn” Wang, a senior majoring in communication and economics, was recently awarded a $1,000 study abroad grant from the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Wang will use the grant for a three-week UC Davis Study Abroad seminar in Pokhara, Nepal, over the winter break.

How to Get Involved in Undergraduate Research

October 25, 2017
Faculty and students from the Department of Chemistry shared their personal experiences and gave advice to help students make the most of their undergraduate research experience. Here are their best tips.

Scholarships Support Stellar Students

September 30, 2017
Back-to-school time at the UC Davis College of Letters and Science means a rededication to our mission as a liberal arts powerhouse. More than ever, we’re focused on growing our students’ intellectual adaptability, critical thinking, and collaborative commitment to improving themselves and the world around them.

Economics Student Heads Tech Start-Up

September 30, 2017
International student Dhrubajyoti “Dhru” Das (B.A., economics, ’18) is one in a billion. Das was only born 21 years ago in India, but has long been a uniquely focused talent. By the time Das was 13, he was running his own business building e-commerce sites, partnering with remote workers in India, Sri Lanka and Austin, Texas. Das took deep dives into researching Silicon Valley and its inner workings, eventually applying to UC Davis, a few hours away from the world-famous technology hub he had been studying for so long.

Irene Mapanao

September 13, 2017
Irene Mapanao never dreamed she would be able to attend UC Davis. She thought the cost was out of reach. Then an email arrived announcing she was the recipient of a first-year scholarship. Thanks to the generosity of alumni, Mapanao can now dare to dream big.
Students Thrive with Support from Scholarships Donna Justice May 31, 2017

Thanks to the generosity of our alumni and friends, each year the College of Letters and Science provides scholarships that make a real difference in the lives of our students. Your support helps empower the next generation of leaders such as Rose Trulin and Chloe Tsudama—both received gifts through the Letters and Science Undergraduate Scholarship Fund.

Rose Trulin studies people and artistic expressions 

Rose Trulin, a double major in art history and anthropology, grew up in Chico and is the first member of her family to attend college.

ASPIRE Program Gets Students Into Labs Early Kathleen Holder December 02, 2016
Psychology major Brynna Thigpen got an early introduction to scientific research. Thigpen was one of six undergraduates to first participate in the Accelerating Success by Providing Intensive Research Experience program, or ASPIRE.

Cal Aggie Back in Print

December 02, 2016
Scott Dresser started his second year as editor in chief of "The California Aggie" with a brand-new challenge: locating the news racks that used to dot the campus. It was a problem that Dresser could relish—born of a successful campaign by the political science/economics double major and other student staff members to bring "The Aggie" back to print after 2 ½ years of online-only editions. 
UC Davis Statistics Students Win Data Mining Cup 2016 Becky Oskin June 29, 2016
A student team from UC Davis has won first place in the 2016 Data Mining Cup, an international data analysis competition in Berlin.

New Class Helps First-Year Students Succeed

May 18, 2016
The first year of college can be daunting for students, whether they are freshmen or transfers. To help with the adjustment to college life, UC Davis launched a new class for first-year students in fall 2015.

Future STEM Stars Gather At UC Davis

March 30, 2016
Undergraduate researchers and future leaders in science, mathematics and engineering traveled to UC Davis in early March for the 15th annual UC LEADS conference.

Political Science Senior Vies for Rhodes Scholarship

November 15, 2015
UC Davis senior David Belcher, a Rhodes Scholarship finalist, says his grandparents’ flight from Ukraine to the U.S. during World War II inspired him to study ways to improve democratic representation. He is UC Davis’ third Rhodes Scholarship finalist in the past four years, and the second from the College of Letters and Science.