Resources for Graduate Students
At UC Davis, our graduate students have access to a wide range of resources and agencies ready to help with any problem you may be facing. A full listing of all the resources offered to graduate students is available on the Graduate Studies website, including a comprehensive list of those aimed at diversity, professional development and work-life and wellness. Below we have highlighted a couple of the most commonly-used resources on campus, and a few you may not have heard of before:
Student Health and Counseling Services houses both on-campus medical care facilities as well as counseling services. This office also handles all UC SHIP insurance questions through their Insurance Services unit, including instructions for opting out of UC SHIP. As part of the counseling program, a psychologist dedicated to graduate students, Bai-Yin Chen, regularly holds appointments in Graduate Studies to enable greater confidentiality.
This office is your one-stop shop for all matters regarding your status as an international student on campus. Their staff and advisors will handle everything from distributing your I-20 to processing your OPT application. The majority of SISS forms, such as applying for CPT, are processed through an online system, iGlobal. Forms will then automatically route through the system to your graduate coordinator for approval. Beyond serving our students, SISS also coordinates activities for the partners and families of students and assists with information regarding family visits.
The Internship and Career Center is the place to go for job and internship listings and to attend workshop, seminars, and events to help improve your chances of finding that perfect job! The ICC has a dedicated advisor for graduate students, who advises on industry as well as jobs in academia. Not sure which path you want to take? The ICC has you covered- you can attend one of the CareerTreks (field trips to local companies) and faculty panels on hiring in academia. The ICC also hosts quarterly internship and career fairs, with a special Graduate Student career fair in Fall.
Many of our graduate students participate in this student-run outreach and professional development program committed to increasing diversity and eliminating inequity in STEM fields. Activities include an annual colloquium, outreach programs in K-12 area schools, and leading campus tours.
All UC Davis athletic events are free to graduate students! If you attend any game at the start of Fall Quarter, just present your student ID and you can receive a free AggiePack T-shirt. At football and basketball games, the Cal Aggie Marching Band-Uh! performs at half-time and AggiePack student leaders throw coveted tube socks and Aggie beads in to the stands.