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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 38% 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.

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!

Time is running out to make an impact! Join us!
Apr 17, 2021

"When we learned we could increase our support of UC Davis through Give Day, we jumped at the opportunity. Give Day, which ends in just a few hours, gives you the opportunity to extend the positive impact of your donation, no matter its size."

-- Fred and Carolyn Redeker

Give during Give Day to turn your state and the world Gold!
Rank State Gifts
1 CA 342
2 TX 8
3 NY 7
$5,000
Employee Giving Committee Challenge - Davis as UC It!
We reached our stretch goal of 500 gifts! Thank you to our employee donors for your generosity and for unlocking $5,000 from the Employee Giving Committee.
500 / 500 Gifts
Completed
$105,500
Planned Giving Challenge - Wayne & Jacque Bartholomew
THANK YOU to Wayne & Jacque Bartholomew, all who gave to this challenge and all those who support UC Davis by including the university in their estates. Gifts of this magnitude often provide key funding for areas of innovation and need.
100 / 100 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
Family Fellows Challenge for Parent Giving
We reached our goal of 150 gifts! Thank you to our donors for your generosity and thank you to parents Rick Adler and Nancy Haekyung Adler for your generous support of UC Davis.
150 / 150 Gifts
Completed
$50,000
Haworth Fund For Beyond the Classroom First-Gen Students
THANK YOU to William, Susi, Victoria & Eleanor Haworth for this Beyond the Classroom challenge. We are grateful to all who supported it this Give Day!
15 / 15 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
The William E. Valente Music Scholarship Challenge
THANK YOU to Gregory A. Friedman and all those who honored late Professor William E. Valente (1934-1993) with their gifts. We are grateful for your support and recognition of his work this Give Day.
10 / 10 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
Political Science Graduate Research Challenge
Thank you to John T. Scott and to all of the generous donors that supported the Political Science Graduate Research Challenge!
5 / 5 Gifts
Completed
$2,500
Chemistry Challenge: Student Support and Symposium
THANK YOU to former faculty member Neil E. Schore, Ph.D. and all those who gave to the R. Bryan Miller Memorial Endowment and Symposium this Give Day. We are grateful for your support!
4 / 4 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
C.N. Gorman Museum Challenge #1
THANK YOU to Jurg and Christel Bieri and all who gave to the C.N. Gorman Museum. We are grateful for your support for Native American and Indigenous Art.
10 / 10 Gifts
Completed
$8,500
C.N. Gorman Museum Challenge #2
THANK YOU to Gloria Kaplan and all those who gave to the C. N. Gorman Museum this Give Day. Your support will help the museum expand its work and move into a new facility.
6 / 6 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
Center for Mind and Brain: Shamatha Project Challenge
THANK YOU to Peter and Alison Baumann and all those who gave to the Shamatha Project. We are grateful for your support for this important research into the benefits of meditation.
10 / 10 Gifts
Completed
$75,000
Support for Students: Beyond the Classroom Challenge
THANK YOU to Kevin and Kim Bacon and all those who gave to the Beyond the Classroom Initiative this Give Day! We are grateful you support the next generation of Aggie professionals!
30 / 30 Gifts
Completed
$10,000
Capitol Internship Student Scholarship Challenge
THANK YOU to all those who gave to the UCCS Student Scholarship Fund. We are grateful for your support!
1 / 1 Gifts
Completed
$2,500
Chemical Biology Program Challenge
THANK YOU to Sheila David and Peter Beal and all those who supported Chemical Biology this Give Day!
10 / 10 Gifts
Completed
$2,500
Biodesign Challenge
THANK YOU to Alexis Merydith and all those who gave to our Biodesign research program. We are grateful for your support!
7 / 7 Gifts
Completed
$4,000
Economics Challenge
THANK YOU to all of the generous donors that supported the Economics Challenge! Your gifts are deeply appreciate and will support a range of academic and research programs, student support, new courses, public lectures, and more within the Economics department.
30 / 30 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
College of Letters & Science Student Scholarship Challenge
THANK YOU to the Parker Family Foundation and all those who gave to this challenge on Give Day! Your support is greatly appreciated!
7 / 7 Gifts
Completed
$3,000
Global Tea Initiative
THANK YOU to Mighty Leaf Tea and all those who supported the Global Tea Initiative challenge this Give Day!
10 / 10 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
Materials Chemistry Research Challenge
THANK YOU to Peter Klavins and Susan M Kauzlarich Ph.D and all those who supported the Materials Chemistry challenge this Give Day!
5 / 5 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
Liquid Helium Laboratory Challenge
THANK YOU to Peter Klavins and Susan M. Kauzlarich, Ph.D. and all those who gave to this challenge on Give Day! Your support for green tech is greatly appreciated.
10 / 10 Gifts
Completed
$20,600
Biocatalysis Design in Chemistry Challenge
THANK YOU to the many donors who gave to the Department of Chemistry this Give Day! Your support for this challenge is greatly appreciated!
1 / 1 Gifts
Completed
$18,000
DHI Graduate Public Scholars Challenge
THANK YOU to the DHI Humanities and Arts Advisory Council and those how gave to support this challenge on Give Day! Your support is greatly appreciated!
20 / 20 Gifts
Completed
$2,500
Imagining America’s Social Justice Student Podcasting Fellows
THANK YOU to the Imagining America National Advisory Board and those who gave to support Imagining America! Your support for this challenge is greatly appreciated!
10 / 10 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
Human Rights Studies Challenge
THANK YOU to Dr. Shant & Robin Garabedian and all those who gave to Human Rights Studies on Give Day! We are grateful for our help advancing diversity/equity/inclusion on our campus!
6 / 6 Gifts
Completed
$5,374
Quantum Mathematics and Physics Challenge
THANK YOU to all those who gave to the QMAP Fund this Give Day! Your support will support a host of important scientific programs for our students.
6 / 6 Gifts
Completed
$2,500
Physics and Astronomy Opportunity Award Challenge
THANK YOU to Department Chair Rena Zieve and all those who gave to this challenge on Give Day, incuding current Physics and Astronomy students!
75 / 75 Gifts
Completed
$15,000
Prof. Schore Chemistry Challenge
THANK YOU to Prof. Neil and Mrs. Carrie Schore and all those who gave to this challenge.
2 / 2 Gifts
Completed
$25,000
Eric C. Ruliffson Scholarship in Mathematics Challenge
THANK YOU to Erica Ruliffson, Bryan Schultz, and all of the generous donors that supported the Eric C. Ruliffson Scholarship in Mathematics Challenge! Your support is deeply appreciated and will help students studying mathematics.
9 / 9 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
Beyond the Classroom
THANK YOU to Lisa Walsh and all the generous donors that supported the Beyond the Classroom Challenge! Your gifts are deeply appreciated and will support a variety of experiential learning opportunities within the College of Letters and Science!
10 / 10 Gifts
Completed
$2,500
Earth and Planetary Sciences Student Support
THANK YOU to Margie and Tom Latham and to all of the generous donors that choses to support the Earth and Planetary Sciences Student Support Challenge! Your gifts are deeply appreciated and will provide crucial support to our undergraduate and graduate students within the Earth and Planetary Sciences department.
10 / 10 Gifts
Completed
$3,000
SF Young Alumni Senior Award Challenge
THANK YOU to Andy Stemmler '99 and to 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.
10 / 10 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
Roland Marchand Memorial Fellowship Challenge
THANK YOU to Betsy Marchand and to all of the other generous donors who supported the Roland Marchand Memorial Fellowship! Your gifts will help support graduate students and their studies within the Department of History. Thank you!
20 / 20 Gifts
Completed
$10,000
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.
2 / 2 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
College of Letters and Science Annual Fund Challenge
THANK YOU to the Davidson Family and to all of the generous donors that chose to support the College of Letters and Science Annual Fund Challenge! Your gifts will support valuable scholarships, fellowships, new research opportunities, and offer crucial assistance towards the College's greatest needs.
40 / 40 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
Chemistry Challenge
THANK YOU to 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!
6 / 6 Gifts
Completed
$9,000
Math Department Challenge
THANK YOU to Val Chan '92 and to all of the other generous donors who supported the Mathematics Department at UC Davis! Your gifts will support outstanding academic programs, innovative research, and other needs within the Math Department. Thank you!
5 / 5 Gifts
Completed
$5,000
Support Aggie Design Students!
THANK YOU to Paul Fisher and to all of the generous donors that supported this challenge! Your gifts are deeply appreciated and will help current design students cover course costs not included in student fees. Thank you!
10 / 10 Gifts
Completed
Leaderboard
Battle of the Colleges
Support your College to move them up the leader board. A gift of any size will increase their ranking!
Rank Colleges Gifts
1 College of Engineering 510
2 College of Letters and Science 483
3 College of Biological Sciences 370
4 College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences 235
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