The students in the School of Education come from all disciplines and walks of life. The one characteristic that binds them all is a passion for making a difference for teachers, students and communities. Our graduates are leaders and scholars whose practice and research address a wide range of issues critical to education. All are prepared to take leadership roles in advancing research and scholarship, strengthening teaching and learning, and advocating for all learners.

At the UC Davis School of Education, our students are shaping a world where teaching and learning are an art, a science and a source of joy.

Check out some of our graduate students listed in the student directory to find out more about their research.

Portrait of Vanessa Segundo

PhD Candidate Vanessa Segundo Awarded Prestigious Ford Dissertation Fellowship

PhD candidate Vanessa Segundo has been awarded a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship for the upcoming academic year. One of 38 recipients nationwide, Segundo is the fourth student in UC Davis history and the first student in the School of Education’s history to be honored with this fellowship. Prof. Danny Martinez and Prof. Cati de los Ríos are also former Ford Foundation Fellows.


Lorena Ruedas

CANDEL EdD student

The underrepresentation of minority students in medical school results not only in fewer physicians from these groups, but in documented disparities in health care and life expectancy for patients from those ethnic backgrounds. Lorena Ruedas, a School of Education CANDEL EdD student, is tackling this issue from two perspectives: researcher and mentor. Now in the last year of her degree program, she’s finishing her dissertation on the minority pre-med preparation experience.

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