School of Education Students

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 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

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.


Roxanne Rashedi
PhD Student

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 settings?”


Student News Fall 2014

JaNay Brown-Wood 

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 Month.”

News Michael S. Hill

PhD Students Lead Professional Development for Teachers in China
Fall 2014 Student News

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 (STEM).


Spring 2014 Student News

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 of $500.

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