UC Davis Principles of Community

Promotion of mutual respect, dignity, and compassion at UC Davis is fostered through the Principles of Community.  In practice, these principles are expressed in the culture of service to society through research, teaching, and outreach that provides a common bond among faculty, staff, students, and the public at large who we engage with. This service is the hallmark of our community.

Diversity in Hydrologic Science Mentoring and Education


According to an August 2011 report by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration, UC Davis is ranked #1 in the United States in women’s representation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).  See the website at this link for the list of the top 50 and use this link to access the full report.

The Hydrologic Sciences Graduate Group aims to serve a diverse student body and enable them to tackle complex environmental problems that impact inequity in the United States and around the world.  HSGG receives many requests for information from national and international prospective applicants, and we highly encourage all to apply.  In practice, our committment to diversity is exhibited in our faculty and student recruitment activities as well as in our efforts to provide mentoring to applicants, admitted, and enrolled students with regard to decisions that they have to make that will affect their whole career.  HSGG has been highly successful at advertising and admitting women, with women accounting for nearly half of admitted MS students and roughly 40% of admitted PhD students on average.  In terms of underrepresented minorities, HSGG receives only a modest number of applicants, but we encourage underrepresented minorities to contact us when they apply and find out how we can help. HSGG does not track the numbers of LGBTQ students or students with disabilities, but we have welcomed them over the years.  HSGG receives a large number of international applicants from some countries and few from others. We work hard to find means to pay for the non-resident supplemental tuition.

Programs For Underrepresented Minorities

The UC Davis McNair Scholars Program is a two-year program funded by TRIO and the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to encourage students from groups often underrepresented in graduate programs to pursue doctoral degrees. 

The AWG Minority Scholarship encourages young minority women to pursue an education and later a career in the geosciences.

The Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was established in 1999 to provide outstanding African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of interest. Continuing Gates Millennium Scholars may request funding for a graduate degree program in one of the following discipline areas: computer science, education, engineering, library science, mathematics, public health or science.

Programs For Women

There is a clearinghouse of information on scholarships for women in science.  

The Association for Women Geoscientists provides several scholarships for women to aid their graduate education.

The American Association of University Women has fellowships for women graduate students.

Links For Understanding and Promoting Diversity

Campus Council on Community and Diversity

Center for Student Involvement

Cross Cultural Center

Faculty Diversity

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center

Services for International Students and Scholars

Student Disability Center

University of California Diversity News

Women's Resources and Research Center