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Graduate Programs

Promising PhD, MD, and Master’s scholars can build their knowledge base needed to pursue a career in cancer studies in a supportive and collaborative community.


Academic Research Careers for Medical Doctors (ARC-MD)

The ARC-MD program provides medical students with foundational skills and professional development that promote a successful career as a physician scientist. The five-year program provides students with research and career mentorship, a unique curriculum, and community engagement within a supportive, longitudinal learning community.

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Chemical Biology

Supporting students engaged in pre-doctoral training at the chemistry-biology interface, the Chemical Biology Program draws faculty from six different departments and five different colleges. The program prepares scholars for careers in the biomedical workforce with the communication and management skills necessary to direct research programs that integrate approaches across the two disciplines.

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Comparative Lung Biology and Medicine

Pre-doctoral and post-doctoral scholars will grow into independent investigators through the Comparative Lung Biology and Medicine Program’s interactive research environments, innovative and competitive research themes and projects, and training opportunities.

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Comparative Medical Science

A graduate research training program supported by the NIH for veterinarians seeking to complete a PhD for careers in biomedical research. The program is to facilitate broad training in various aspects of comparative medicine and supports DVM’s conducting research in various Schools across UC Davis, including the School of Medicine. The program is administered by the Center for Immunology & Infectious Diseases (CIID) on the UC Davis campus and co-sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies, the CIID and the School of Veterinary Medicine.

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Fellowship Award Writing Workshop

Earning training fellowships early on your scientific career is an increasingly important to successfully transition to research independence and faculty positions.

Why Get an F?

  • Receive stipend and tuition
  • Establish your credibility
  • Examine what is most important about your research (and why anyone would give you money for it)
  • Improve critical grant writing skills early on in your career
  • Practice communicating about your research succinctly
  • Update yourself on the literature
  • Foster new collaborations

Workshop participants will gain a solid understanding of the creative, scientific, organizational and administrative aspects of preparing a competitive fellowship application. To help develop this understanding, along with discussing key elements of the proposal, participants will develop, revise, and prepare an F series NIH grant application over the course of this in-person workshop with constructive input from peers and individual mentors. At the end of the program, participants will have a completed, well-reviewed application ready for submission to the NIH.

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Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program

This one-year program prepares scholars from underrepresented groups and disadvantaged backgrounds, or scholars who have a disability that limits major life activities, to succeed in PhD programs in the biomedical sciences.

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Spotlight on Junior Investigators

The Spotlight on Junior Investigators is an annual symposium highlighting the work of junior investigators (students, postdocs, research staff and residents/fellows) in cancer research. Through this event, junior investigators meet experienced investigators, learn about potential research opportunities early in their career,
and gain valuable career insights through presentations and networking.