Purple Urchin. Photo courtesy of Kristin Aquilino.
The University of California, Davis values the diversity of viewpoints, backgrounds, and experiences in its graduate student population. The Population Biology Graduate Group encourages diversity in the application and recruitment process by participating in programs to improve graduate diversity, such as the University of California Office of the President Historically Black Colleges and Universities Initiative. Our admission criteria also include each candidate's potential for leadership in the university mission for diversity. The Population Biology Graduate Group strongly values diversity in all forms (the field in itself is very much a study of diversity at multiple levels of biological organization). The selection of students is very much influenced by the desire to train a diverse group. An important fundamental principle for the Population Biology Graduate Group Program is that it is student focused with students encouraged to be as independent as possible with as much support from the faculty as needed.