Uche, Dave Segal, and Ulrike Beitnere


Cheeto the Physics Dept cat
Answer to another frequently asked question: this handsome gentleman is Cheeto, the (un) official greeter at the Physics Department, in his new, improved, and less, er, portly phenotype. You can follow Cheeto on his own page

This highly idiosyncratic page that contains miscellaneous bits of information that we think might be useful to some scholars and prospective scholars.

Frequently asked questions

About Davis: town and gown

Responsible Conduct of Research 

Other postbacc opportunities

  • PhD aspirants only
    • NIH list of other PREP sites (see also the map in the left sidebar of the page)
    • A superb spreadsheet compiled by Dr. R. Behringer, MD Anderson Cancer Center. This list is self-reported and may not include all the NIH PREP sites.
  • MD-PhD aspirants
    • Go to the Behringer spreadsheet linked above. Look for sites that fund scholars for two years, are affiliated with medical schools, and/or have more than 6 positions per year. Those are more apt to be appropriate for dual degree students.
    • See also "everyone" below.
  • DACA recipients: The following sites include positions funded by the university and may be able to support DACA recipients.
  • everyone:

Other pre-PhD opportunities

  • When we learn of them, we try to post information about positions on our news page
  • consider a funded MS program, including ones on the list compiled by Dr. Stacy Farina, Howard University (note that Professor Farina specifically calls out Ecology/Evolution/Organismal Biology but the list includes many programs that include cell and molecular biology)
  • looking for an academic entry-level lab tech position? Every university handles this differently. At campuses of the University of California, term-limited entry-level positions are classified as "junior specialists" and positions are advertised on the university's academic recruiting site. Staff positions are advertised on a human resources site. Both may include entry-level lab positions. For UC Davis:
    • academic: recruit.ucdavis.edu. Note that a large fraction of junior specialist positions turn over annually as the incumbents head to advanced degree programs in the spring through summer, which means that spring is a great time to search this site.
    • staff: hr.ucdavis.edu -- look for "staff research associate" titles

Miscellaneous other resources

Interested in science policy? The California Council on Science and Technology put together a pretty nifty guide to careers in science policy, including educational resources.

Potentially interested in a non-academic career?

See this Nature article for some how-to advice.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science provides information on transferrable skills that you can cultivate through an Individual Development Plan

Funding your PhD: yes, graduate programs pay you but you also can apply for portable fellowships. 


From Kelly Stevens et al. 2021, commentary in Cell.

Our nationwide network of BME women faculty collectively argue that racial funding disparity by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) remains the most insidious barrier to success of Black faculty in our profession. We thus refocus attention on this critical barrier and suggest solutions on how it can be dismantled.

We encourage those interested in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the life sciences to check out these additional writings and resources. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list.

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