Prospective Students

Graduate Training

The Graduate Group in Integrative Pathobiology (GGIP) is the core UC Davis graduate program for students interested in disease processes and biomedical research. The diverse faculty members in the group come from the School of Veterinary Medicine, the School of Medicine, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the College of Biological Sciences. This diversity of faculty offers students a wide range of opportunities and expertise from the UC Davis biomedical research community.

GGIP is designed for students interested in studying mechanisms responsible for the development of disease at the global, organismal, cellular, or molecular level.

Successful completion of the GGIP program leads to either a Master of Science (M.S.) or Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree. Students applying to this program have varied backgrounds. Some hold professional degrees (i.e., DVM, M.D. or DDS) while others apply after completion of an undergraduate degree.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The UC Davis Graduate Group in Integrative Pathobiology (GGIP) is committed to diversity and inclusion in our student body, workforce, faculty and programs. We recognize the financial burden that the graduate application fee may represent for students, particularly those from underrepresented communities, and its consequences to inclusion within our graduate group.

We have created the GGIP Equity Program, to provide 10 application fee fellowships, on a competitive basis, to applicants who are not part of the approved Graduate Preparatory Programs, and who have the potential for leadership towards achieving the group’s goal of improving diversity in biological or biomedical sciences.

Examples of this potential include, but are not limited to:

  • overcoming disadvantages (economic, social or educational)
  • a record of service to advance underserved populations (including tutoring or mentoring)
  • or a research topic that will ultimately assist historically underserved populations

Successful applicants will provide clear examples of how their previous experiences and future graduate studies have contributed to and promoted diversity in biological or biomedical sciences.

Statement of Purpose (250 words or fewer)

Please explain why you are applying for Ph.D. study at UC Davis. Highlight how you came to determine your career goals. Describe why you feel earning a Ph.D. is essential to pursuing your goal. If applicable, how will your research topic ultimately assist historically underserved populations.

Personal History (250 words or fewer)

Please describe how your personal background has informed your decision to pursue a graduate degree and informed your understanding of diversity in the biological or biomedical sciences. Your background may include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, community service, outreach activities, residency and citizenship, first-generation college status, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how your life experiences contribute to the social, intellectual, or cultural diversity within a campus community and your chosen field; and/or how you might serve educationally underrepresented and underserved segments of society with your graduate education.

Guidelines prepared for planning and illustrative purposes only.

Apply here for the GGIP Equity Program

*Applicants who submit statements that are longer than 250 words will not be reviewed.

GGIP Equity Program eligibility

Application fee fellowships provided through this program are available for Domestic Ph.D. applicants only. We regret that waivers for M.S. applicants will not be provided. Waivers for international applicants are not available.

Domestic Ph.D. applicants selected for participation in the GGIP Equity Program are eligible for a single application fee fellowship (valued at $135) for Fall 2024 admission. The School of Veterinary Medicine, Office of Research and Graduate Education fully funds this program. Fee fellowship applications must be submitted by November 20th, 2023 at 11:59 pm PST application deadline for consideration.

Prospective students will be notified as to whether they received the award by November 25, 2023.

For any questions, please contact GGIP Co-Chair and DEI Committee Member, Dr. Sara Thomasy smthomasy@ucdavis.edu.

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