Students and education

Undergraduate in plant biology course earns Prized Writing distinction

Alexander Saka, a senior biology student, has been honored by Prized Writing for his essay “Origin and Domestication of Soybean,” a paper he wrote for Distinguished Professor Paul Gepts’ Evolution of Crop Plants course in the Department of Plant Sciences. Prized Writing is an annual juried competition that highlights exemplary undergraduate writing from across the many disciplines at the University of California, Davis.

Picnic Day Plants Find New Homes in the Community

Over 6,000 tomato and strawberry plants, destined as a Picnic Day give-away, are finding new homes following cancellation of Picnic Day, due to COVID-19. Saarah Kuzay, a Ph.D. student in Plant Sciences, is working with other students to find food banks, community gardens, and campus students for plant distribution. Plant give-aways from Plant Sciences are a popular feature each year at UC Davis Picnic Day.

Videos: Two Plant Sciences Classes — Botany and Physiology of Cultivated Plants, and Vegetable Crop Production

Two of the undergraduate courses in Plant Sciences at UC Davis (PLS 002 and PLS 110) prepare students for post-graduation jobs and careers. Four short videos show the hands-on opportunities that students get to explore introductory and upper level concepts related to plant science and plant production. Instructors include Jeff Mitchell, Gail Taylor, and Peter Freer-Smith.

‘Just Coffee’ Course Brings Global Perspective to Students

UC Davis students in the online 'Just Coffee' course get a new, globally-conscious perspective on the caffeinated beverage. The course was the inspiration of Patrick Brown, Professor of Plant Sciences, who imagined the course as an opportunity for students to gain an understanding of the interconnectedness of the global food system through coffee. (video included)