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!

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2 IL 1
2 WA 1
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Employee Giving Committee Challenge - Davis as UC It!
$5,000
Employee Giving Committee Challenge - Davis as UC It!
The UC Davis Employee Giving Committee is comprised of staff and faculty from across UC Davis and UC Davis Health. They support a wide range of programs, including the new Staff Emergency Fund, and encourage their fellow employees to do the same and support the areas you care the most about this Give Day. When we reach 300 gifts from employees, the committee has given $5,000 that will be activated on Give Day. Thank you Employee Giving Committee for your support of UC Davis! (Employees, please select "employee" on the donation page when you give)
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Planned Giving Challenge - Wayne & Jacque Bartholomew
$105,500
Planned Giving Challenge - Wayne & Jacque Bartholomew
Generosity comes in many forms, and it is often the best way for you to support important causes that matter the most to you. Start here by learning the different gift options available to you. If UC Davis receives 100 planned giving requests, a $105,000 gift from Wayne and Jacque Bartholomew will be unlocked. To participate, when making a gift to any area during Give Day select "yes" to the question about learning more about other smart ways to give during checkout. That is all you need to do to be counted!
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Family Fellows Challenge for Parent Giving
$5,000
Family Fellows Challenge for Parent Giving
Family Fellows, a group of UC Davis families of current students, are committed to creating exceptional collegiate experiences for our students by supporting programs that are meaningful to them. They inspire university leadership, staff and other families to achieve the best for UC Davis students by serving as examples of philanthropic giving and engaged support. One of those families, Rick Adler and Nancy Haekyung Adler, encourage other parents and families to support areas of campus that are important to your student. When 150 parents give this Give Day, $5,000 will go to the area of campus they support, the College of Engineering Student Design Center. Just select “Parent of a UC Davis Student” as your affiliation when you make your gift.
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Haworth Fund For Beyond the Classroom First -Gen Students
$50,000
Haworth Fund For Beyond the Classroom First -Gen Students
This challenge provides support for the Beyond the Classroom Initiative’s efforts to increase first-generation College of Letters and Science students’ access to internship opportunities. It is our hope that the Fund will help to alleviate the financial barriers that might otherwise prevent students from participating in an internship. 15 gifts will unlock this challenge!
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The William E. Valente Music Scholarship Challenge
$5,000
The William E. Valente Music Scholarship Challenge
In honor and memory of the late Professor William E. Valente (1934-1993) and his impact on the many students he taught, guided and inspired during his life as a musical theory and composition teacher, chief undergraduate advisor for the Department of Music, and Conductor of the University Concert Band. 20 gifts will unlock this challenge.
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Political Science Graduate Research Challenge
$5,000
Political Science Graduate Research Challenge
Make a gift to this challenge to support the research of exceptional graduate students in political science! Just 10 gifts will unlock a generous $5,000 donation for the Robert W. Jackman Scholarship Fund for Political Science from John T. Scott!
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Chemistry Challenge: Student Support and Symposium
$2,500
Chemistry Challenge: Student Support and Symposium
The R. Bryan Miller Memorial Endowment and Symposium support preeminent research, provide forward-thinking instruction in the chemical sciences, and perform service activities that will positively impact our campus, society, and the world. The endowment provides support for Aggies in chemistry studies and the Symposium is a global collaborative of industry and academics. 10 gifts today will support the Chemistry Department and activate $2,500 from former faculty Neil E. Schore, Ph.D..
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C.N. Gorman Museum Challenge #1
$5,000
C.N. Gorman Museum Challenge #1
Support the accessibility of contemporary Native American and Indigenous art at UC Davis! For 45 years, the C.N. Gorman Museum at UC Davis has been dedicated to the creative expressions of Native American artists and artists of diverse cultures. The museum is unique for its commitment to exhibiting contemporary works by living Indigenous artists, including established Native artists and the next generations of emerging Indigenous artists. 10 gifts will unlock this challenge.
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Center for Mind and Brain: Shamatha Project Challenge
$5,000
Center for Mind and Brain: Shamatha Project Challenge
Working in the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain, the Shamatha Project, the most comprehensive study of meditation to date, investigates the psychological and physiological processes underlying such benefits. Your support will help continue this important research. 10 gifts will activate this $5,000 challenge.
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Support for Students: Beyond the Classroom Challenge
$75,000
Support for Students: Beyond the Classroom Challenge
The Beyond the Classroom Initiative at the College of Letters and Science will collectively support all students within the college by making more opportunities available for them to participate in research, internships, study abroad, mentorship and field work. The Fund also provides undergraduate student support for unexpected needs. 30 gifts will invest in the next generation of Aggie professionals and activate a generous gift of $75,000 from Kevin and Kim Bacon!
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Capitol Internship Student Scholarship Challenge
$10,000
Capitol Internship Student Scholarship Challenge
UC Center Sacramento (UCCS) is an education and policy research dissemination program of the University of California. The center hosts UC undergraduate students each year who come to Sacramento to undertake academic coursework and participate in internships in and around the Capitol. In response to the student need, the Center established a UCCS Student Scholarship Fund to help defray the costs of attending. 20 gifts will activate a $10,000 challenge from donor Thomas McMorrow!
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Chemical Biology Program Challenge
$2,500
Chemical Biology Program Challenge
This challenge will support research in Chemical Biology and the Chemical Biology Graduate Program. 10 gifts will unlock $2,500 from Sheila David and Peter Beal
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Biodesign Challenge
$2,500
Biodesign Challenge
UC Davis is a leader in the growing field of Biodesign, an innovative research area where teams of students from the biosciences, design, engineering and other majors work together to create sustainable design solutions. Student Biodesign teams work in the TEAM Molecular Prototyping and BioInnovation Laboratory, the only student research lab on campus. 10 gifts will unlock this challenge and raise funds to support materials purchases for student-led Biodesign research.
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Economics Challenge
$4,000
Economics Challenge
Support the Economics Department at UC Davis! Your gift to the Department of Economics supports a range of academic and research programs, faculty and student research, graduate student support, new courses, public lectures and academic conferences. 20 gifts will activate a $4,000 gift on Give Day.
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College of Letters & Science Student Scholarship Challenge
$5,000
College of Letters & Science Student Scholarship Challenge
Help provide scholarship support to incoming students looking to major within the College of Letters and Science today! 10 gifts unlocks this challenge
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Global Tea Initiative
$3,000
Global Tea Initiative
Join other tea lovers in supporting the UC Davis Global Tea Initiative within the College of Letters & Science. Your gift will help support GTI's development of a formal tea curriculum, beginning with an undergraduate minor and graduate Designated Emphasis (DE) or MA. 10 gifts of any amount to this fund will unlock $3,000 from Mighty Leaf Tea will on Give Day.
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Materials Chemistry Research Challenge
$5,000
Materials Chemistry Research Challenge
Materials chemistry involves the use of chemistry for the design and synthesis of materials with interesting or potentially useful physical characteristics and applications. Help synthesize support for this important research! 10 gifts unlocks $5,000 this Give Day
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Liquid Helium Laboratory Challenge
$5,000
Liquid Helium Laboratory Challenge
The helium recovery facility, located in the basement of the Physics Building, uses state-of-the-art technology to recover approximately 90% of the helium used for research by the Physics & Astronomy Department. Helium is a non-renewable resource that has become increasingly expensive and difficult to acquire, but is absolutely vital to many of the cutting-edge experiments conducted in the department. 10 gifts to this fund will activate $5,000 and advance green tech for the university.
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Biocatalysis Design in Chemistry Challenge
$20,600
Biocatalysis Design in Chemistry Challenge
"Support Chemistry at UC Davis! Your gift will help the department conduct preeminent and collaborative research, provide forward-thinking instruction in the chemical sciences, and focus on interdisciplinary research and teaching, with diverse classes, advanced facilities, and state-of-the-art instrumentation. Once 20 gifts to this fund are received, $20,600 from an anonymous donor will activate on Give Day."
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DHI Graduate Public Scholars Challenge
$18,000
DHI Graduate Public Scholars Challenge
The UC Davis Humanities Institute (DHI) is the leading advocate on campus for the arts and humanities. Graduate Public Scholars (GPS) is a DHI fellowship program that provides students the opportunity to build bridges with the community by collaborating with local community partners. Combining professional development, mentorship, interdisciplinary learning, and practical training, this program offers a uniquely transformative educational experiences. Join us by giving to this challenge today! 20 gifts will unlock $18,000 from the DHI Humanities and Arts Advisory Council.
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Imagining America’s Social Justice Student Podcasting Fellows
$2,500
Imagining America’s Social Justice Student Podcasting Fellows
Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, a national consortium hosted at UC Davis, brings together scholars, artists, and organizers to imagine, study, and enact a more just and liberatory world. Your gift will support an undergraduate student podcasting fellowship to produce and host conversations on social, political, racial, and environmental justice issues with artists, organizers, and public scholars from the Sacramento Valley region and Imagining America's diverse national network.
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Human Rights Studies Challenge
$5,000
Human Rights Studies Challenge
Join us and support Human Rights Studies which seeks to build a favorable climate for rights on our campus, advance an agenda of diversity/equity/inclusion, and provide opportunities and resources for excellence in human rights teaching and learning, disciplinary research, and research in the public good. 10 gifts will unlock this challenge
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Quantum Mathematics and Physics Challenge
$5,374
Quantum Mathematics and Physics Challenge
The Quantum Mathematics and Physics (QMAP) Fund will be used to support vibrant high-level scientific activity, including an active visitor program and workshops/conferences, as well as recognition and recruitment of stellar students and postdoctoral researchers. Such funds will help QMAP attain for their international renown, becoming a destination of the top world experts in the field. 10 gifts unlocks this challenge.
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Physics and Astronomy Opportunity Award Challenge
$2,500
Physics and Astronomy Opportunity Award Challenge
Gifts to the Physics and Astronomy Opportunity Award Fund will help reduce the barriers students, including those from historically underrepresented groups, face in physics and astronomy. Department Chair Rena Zieve will contribute $50 for every current UC Davis Physics and Astronomy graduate student or undergraduate major who donates on Give Day. This fund is building toward an endowment. If we are unable to reach the endowment level, your gift will still provide immediate support.
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Prof. Schore Chemistry Challenge
$15,000
Prof. Schore Chemistry Challenge
Neil & Carrie Schore Fund for Chemistry provides general support for the post-doctoral program in the Department of Chemistry. You can support groundbreaking Aggie research and chemistry innovation through a gift today which actives $15,000 from donors Neil & Carrie Schore.
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Eric C. Ruliffson Scholarship in Mathematics Challenge
$25,000
Eric C. Ruliffson Scholarship in Mathematics Challenge
Help support math students and honor the memory of Eric Ruliffson '68 (BS Mathematics). Eric excelled at problem-solving at UC Davis which helped him to achieve life-long personal and professional success. This scholarship was established to support math students, like Eric, to help them succeed. 15 gifts to this fund will unlock $25,000 from Erica Ruliffson Schultz and Bryan Schultz on Give Day.
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Beyond the Classroom
$5,000
Beyond the Classroom
Whether it’s internships, student clubs, study abroad or research, experiences outside the classroom provide lessons that prepare students for success after college. The College of Letters and Science's Beyond the Classroom fund provides scholarships that fund theses expereinces and make a real difference to oyr students. Your support will alleviate external burdens that hinder students' success and empower the next generation of leaders. 10 gifts to the L&S Beyond the Classroom Fund will unlock a generous donation from Lisa Walsh.
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Earth and Planetary Sciences Student Support
$2,500
Earth and Planetary Sciences Student Support
Gifts to the Earth and Planetary Sciences Student Support Challenge will support outstanding academic programs, advance the pursuit of new knowledge, and make innovative research possible for our undergraduate and graduate students. 10 gifts will unlock a generous $2,500 gift from Margie and Tom Latham.
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SF Young Alumni Senior Award Challenge
$3,000
SF Young Alumni Senior Award Challenge
Join other alums in supporting UC Davis seniors majoring within the College of Letters and Science. Your gift will help these selected students launch a career in the Bay Area, provide professional development and networking activities for young UC Davis alumni, as well as fund on-campus student run organizations. Once 20 gifts to this fund are received, $3,000 from Andy Stemmler '99 will activate on Give Day.
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Roland Marchand Memorial Fellowship Challenge
$5,000
Roland Marchand Memorial Fellowship Challenge
Help provide financial support for graduate students in the Department of History. These fellowships provide travel, conference, and research opportunities that they would otherwise have to forgo or fund themselves. Once 10 gifts are made to this challenge, $5,000 from Betsy Marchand will activate on Give Day!
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Elmer Forrest Bartley Scholarship Challenge
$10,000
Elmer Forrest Bartley Scholarship Challenge
Help provide scholarships to L&S students today by supporting the Elmer Forrest Bartley Scholarship Challenge! This challenge supports a scholarship for high-achieving undergraduate or graduate students who are studying a discipline within the College of Letters and Science. Make a gift today to help us ensure that all UC Davis students have access to a world-class education. 10 gifts will unlock $5,000 for the Elmer Forrest Bartley Scholarship!
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College of Letters and Science Annual Fund Challenge
$5,000
College of Letters and Science Annual Fund Challenge
Help support the College of Letters and Science provide critical student scholarships, fellowship funds, faculty support, and new research opportunities to the liberal arts and sciences at UC Davis. Your gift will be allocated where the college needs are greatest! Once 40 gifts to this fund are received, $5,000 from the Davidson Family will activate on Give Day.
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Chemistry Challenge
$5,000
Chemistry Challenge
Give to the Chemistry Department at UC Davis! Your gift supports outstanding academic programs, the pursuit of new knowledge, and innovative research within the Department of Chemistry. Your contribution will also allow flexibility to address the greatest needs within the department, including graduate student recruitment, undergraduate research, and community building. Once 20 gifts are received, $5,000 from an anonymous donor will activate on Give Day!
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Math Department Challenge
$9,000
Math Department Challenge
Support the Math Department at UC Davis! Your gifts will support outstanding academic programs, the pursuit of new knowledge, as well as our talented students and faculty. Your contribution will also allow flexibility to address the greatest needs within the department, including graduate student recruitment and community building. Once 10 gifts are received, $9,000 from Val Chan '92 will activate on Give Day!
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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 64
2 College of Letters and Science 61
3 College of Biological Sciences 58
4 College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences 26
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