College of Letters and Science
Your Generosity Supports Student Learning In and Out of the Classroom

The College of Letters and Science is the heart of UC Davis. We are the largest and most diverse of the campus’s four colleges with more than 14,000 undergraduate students, of whom 44% are first generation and 37% are underrepresented minorities. Our commitment to inclusivity and access has earned us a No. 3 ranking among U.S. universities “doing the most for the American Dream,” according to The New York Times College Access Index.

 

Of course, access is just a first step to ensuring success for our students. Inside our classrooms, studios, and labs, undergraduates learn to think creatively across disciplines and research solutions to today's most pressing challenges.

 

But some of the most profound and lasting student experiences happen beyond the classroom, which is why your gift on Give Day matters more than ever. The majority of our students take advantage of internships, study abroad, research and leadership opportunities, all critical components of the world-class education offered through the College of Letters and Science. Students who pursue these cocurricular experiences not only benefit in their journey toward successful careers, but also develop critical skills as global citizens.

 

Philanthropy and alumni support help make all of this possible. 

 

Together, we can change students’ lives and enable them to go beyond the expected. No matter which challenge you choose to support, when you give to the College of Letters and Science at UC Davis, you are investing in a bright future for students who need it most.

 

Thank you for supporting the College of Letters and Science!

Give during Give Day to turn your state and the world Gold!
Rank State Donors
1 CA 312
2 WA 10
2 NJ 10
$75,000
Planned Giving Challenge - Wayne & Jacque Bartholomew
THANK YOU to our generous donors for helping us reach our goal of 75 planned giving requests! Your support is important and very much appreciated. Thank you to Wayne and Jacque Bartholomew for providing this $75,000 challenge gift!
75 / 75 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
L&S Beyond the Classroom Challenge
THANK YOU to Lisa Walsh and to all of the generous donors that chose to support this challenge! Your support will help provide our students with meaningful learning opportunities beyond the classroom via internships, study abroad, research, fieldwork and mentorships.
16 / 16 Gifts
Completed
$2,500
Ethnic Studies 50th Anniversary Challenge
THANK YOU to Darryl and Lois Goss and to all of the generous donors that chose to support this challenge! Your generosity will benefit various ethnic studies departments on campus by transforming, expanding and enriching academia, policy and the arts.
25 / 25 Gifts
Completed
$50,000
$50,000 Marini Foundation Design Challenge #1: Equipment for Maker Space
THANK YOU to Giacomo Marini, the Marini Foundation, and to all of the generous donors that chose to support this challenge! Your generosity will benefit Design students by providing funding for tools and equipment like 3D printers, laser cutters, 3D scanners, hand tools and more.
16 / 16 Gifts
Completed
$12,500
Summer Field Geology Challenge
THANK YOU to Robert and Lisa Campbell and all donors who chose to support the Summer Field Geology Challenge! Your generosity will ensure that our students continue to benefit from the immersive experience of spending six weeks applying knowledge gained in the classroom to real-world problems!
30 / 30 Gifts
Completed
$2,500
Chemistry Challenge
THANK YOU to Agilent Technologies and all of the generous donors who supported the Chemistry Department at UC Davis! Your gifts will support outstanding academic programs, innovative research and other needs within the Chemistry Department. Thank you!
8 / 8 Gifts
Completed
$2,500
English Graduate Students Emergency Fund Challenge
THANK YOU to Margie Ferguson and David Simpson, Walt and Dianne Harrison, John Marx, Chris Schaberg, Claire Waters and Alan Taylor, and to all of the other generous donors that chose to support our English Graduate Students! Your generosity will help us provide emergency funding to English graduate students in need.
20 / 20 Gifts
Completed
$50,000
$50,000 Marini Foundation Challenge #2: Design Career Club - Career and Alumni Activities
THANK YOU to Giacomo Marini, the Marini Foundation and to all of the generous donors that chose to support this challenge! Your generosity will fund networking activities, portfolio workshops, guest speakers, internship night, a Design Center Career Fair and more for our Design Career Club!
3 / 3 Gifts
Completed
$2,500
Music Lesson Challenge
THANK YOU to Larry Lozares and to all of the generous donors that chose to support the Music Lesson Challenge! Your support will help provide the resources and lessons our students need to grow their talent as musicians.
6 / 6 Gifts
Completed
$2,500
SF Young Alumni Senior Award Challenge
THANK YOU to Andy Stemmler '99 and all of the generous donors that chose to support the SF Young Alumni Senior Award Challenge! Your support is deeply appreciated and will help UC Davis alumni launch their careers and attend professional and networking activities in the Bay Area.
15 / 15 Gifts
Completed
$2,500
Art Studio Challenge
THANK YOU to Sheila Pallotta and Nora Pallotta and all of the generous donors that chose to support the Art Studio Challenge! Your gift supports hands-on studio practices and research possibilities for students majoring in Art!
10 / 10 Gifts
Completed
$3,000
Anthropology Challenge
THANK YOU to John and Sally Mitani and to all of the generous donors that chose to support the Anthropology Challenge! Your gifts will support research, educational programs and faculty recruitment within the Anthropology Department at UC Davis. Thank you!
10 / 10 Gifts
Completed
$50,000
$50,000 Marini Foundation Challenge #3: UC Davis Design Student Research Support
THANK YOU to Giacomo Marini, the Marini Foundation and to all of the generous donors that chose to support this challenge! Your generosity will provide funding for students that wish to develop Design projects beyond the classroom, with funding for materials and travel for conference and exhibitions.
4 / 4 Gifts
Completed
$2,500
Chemical Biology Challenge
THANK YOU to Sheila David, Peter Beal, and to all of the generous donors that chose to support this challenge! Your gifts will support research in Chemical Biology and the Chemical Biology Graduate Program.
10 / 10 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
C.N. Gorman Museum Challenge
THANK YOU to Jurg and Christel Bieri and to all of the generous donors that chose to support this challenge! Your generosity will support the accessibility of contemporary Native American and Indigenous art at UC Davis!
15 / 15 Gifts
Completed
$8,000
Global Tea Initiative Challenge
THANK YOU to Two Leaves for Life and to all of the generous donors that chose to support this challenge! Your generosity will provide student tea curriculum, international research, sensory theater, public events and more!
15 / 15 Gifts
Completed
$50,000
$50,000 Marini Foundation Challenge #4: Design Guest Lecturers Fund
THANK YOU to Giacomo Marini, the Marini Foundation and to all of the generous donors that chose to support this challenge! Your support will provide funding for guest lecturers within the Design department, allowing students to learn from professionals and exend their network.
6 / 6 Gifts
Completed
$2,500
Religious Studies Challenge
THANK YOU to Hala Hijazi, Commissioner, Human Rights Commission, City and County of San Francisco, and to all of the generous donors that chose to support this challenge! Your generosity will support the next generation of academic scholars and leaders advancing how the study of the religion shapes and advances our obligations to our diverse communities, complex infrastructures, and the most vulnerable. Thank you!
1 / 1 Gifts
Completed
$3,000
Asian American Studies Challenge
THANK YOU to Patricia Fong, JD '86 and to all of the generous donors that chose to support the Asian American Studies Challenge! Your gifts will support various academic programs within the Asian American Studies department, helping our students develop skills in research, critical thinking, public speaking and writing, all while deepening their understanding of the richness and tremendous diversity of our nation. Thank you!
10 / 10 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
Elmer Forrest Bartley Scholarship Challenge
THANK YOU to Elmer Forrest Bartley and to all of the generous donors that chose to support the Elmer Forrest Bartley Scholarship Challenge! Your gifts will support the scholarship and ensure that all UC Davis students have access to a world-class education, regardless of their background.
4 / 4 Gifts
Completed
$50,000
$50,000 Marini Foundation Challenge #5: The Center for Design in the Public Interest – DiPi
THANK YOU to Giacomo Marini, the Marini Foundation and to all of the generous donors that chose to support this challenge! Your support of DiPi will allow the Center to continue using the power of design to solve global problems that affect people's health, well-being and daily lives.
35 / 35 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
Manfred P. Fleischer Undergraduate Honors Research Award
THANK YOU to Courtney Linn, Sarah Aikenhead and all of the generous donors who chose to support the Manfred P. Fleischer Undergraduate Honors Research Award challenge! Your support will give high-achieving undergraduate History students the resources they need to conduct research on a topic of their choosing!
2 / 2 Gifts
Completed
$2,500
Davis Humanities Institute Challenge
THANK YOU to Elizabeth Lesly and Mitchell Stevens and to all of the generous donors that chose to support the Davis Humanities Institute Challenge! Your gifts are deeply appreciated and will support research initiatives, fellowships, our annual Human Rights Film Festival, Book Chats and Community Conversations.
15 / 15 Gifts
Completed
$2,500
International Relations Challenge
THANK YOU to Michael and Pauline Brandmeyer and all of the generous donors who chose to support the International Relations Challenge! Your support is deeply appreciated and will help us prepare students for success in a constantly globalizing society.
10 / 10 Gifts
Completed
$2,500
World Water Initiative Challenge
THANK YOU to Douglas Yerkes and to all of the generous donors that chose to support the World Water Initiative Challenge! Your support is deeply appreciated and will help UC Davis continue solving local and global water challenges.
10 / 10 Gifts
Completed
$2,500
Biodesign Challenge
THANK YOU to Alexis Merydith and to all of the generous donors that chose to support this challenge! Your generosity will support bioscience, design, and engineering students as they collaborate to create sustainable design solutions!
4 / 4 Gifts
Completed
$10,600
L&S Student Scholarship Challenge
THANK YOU to the Parker Family Foundation and all of the generous donors that supported the L&S Student Scholarship Challenge! Your support will help us ensure that financial burdens do not prevent our students from receiving the education of a lifetime.
1 / 1 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
Roland Marchand Memorial Fellowship Challenge
THANK YOU to Betsy Marchand and to all of the generous donors that chose to support the Roland Marchand Memorial Fellowship Challenge! Your gifts are deeply appreciated and will support high-achieving graduate students within the Department of History.
11 / 11 Gifts
Completed
$2,500
Student Fashion Show Challenge
THANK YOU to Bill and Nancy Roe and to all of the generous donors that chose to support the Student Fashion Show Challenge! Your support is deeply appreciated and will enable our design students to showcase their talent at the annual UC Davis Fashion Show.
14 / 14 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
Support Aggie Design Students
THANK YOU to Paul Fisher and all of the generous donors that chose to give to the Support Aggie Design Students Challenge! Your gifts ensure that course and supply costs do not prevent our talented Design students from excelling in the classroom and beyond.
10 / 10 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
The William E. Valente Music Scholarship
THANK YOU to our generous donors for helping us reach our goal of 20 gifts! Your support for the William E. Valente Music Scholarship is important and very much appreciated. Thank you to Gregory A. Friedman for providing this $5,000 challenge gift!
4 / 4 Gifts
Completed
$2,500
Design Student Materials Support Fund Challenge
THANK YOU to Mrs. Marylee Hardie '64 and to all of the generous donors who chose to support the Design Student Materials Support Fund Challenge! Your gifts will help our talented design students succeed by covering necessary supply and course costs. Thank you!
11 / 11 Gifts
Completed
$10,000
L&S Graduate Student Support Challenge
THANK YOU to Interim Dean Ari Kelman and Associate Dean Mani Tripathi and all of the generous donors who supported the L&S Graduate Student Support Challenge! Your support will help us ensure that financial burdens do not prevent our students from receiving the education of a lifetime.
4 / 4 Gifts
Completed
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Rank Colleges Gifts
1 College of Letters and Science 401
2 College of Engineering 237
3 College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences 192
4 College of Biological Sciences 158
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