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.
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.
A Prescription: Patients need more physicians who look like them
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.
Third-year PhD student Roxanne Rashedi wants to know if
yoga-based practices can be used in classrooms to enhance young
children’s self- regulatory skills. “We know that self-regulation
develops rapidly in young children,” she said. “I’m going to look
at what effect brief doses of yoga-based practices may have on
children’s ability to self-regulate. How can we design a
sustainable and feasible curriculum for teachers to use in school
JaNay Brown-Wood (PhD) published her first children’s
picture book, Imani’s Moon, in October. The book has been
selected as the National Association of Elementary School
Principals’ Children’s Book of the Year and
publisher Charlesbridge named it “Picture Book of the
In November 2014, School of Education PhD students and seasoned
educators Leslie Banes and Michael Hill led a two-week
professional development seminar in China for fourth through
ninth grade teachers of science, technology, engineering and math
PhD Student Angie Cortes received the 2014-15 UC
Davis Dissertation- Year Fellowship. Only six 12-month
fellowships are awarded each year to doctoral students who are in
the final stages of their doctoral work demonstrating strong
potential for university teaching and research. Recipients
receive a stipend of $25,000 and their in-state fees are covered.
They also receive a research fund of $500 and a travel allowance