Sparking Innovation and Creativity
Power the creative possibilities of the future
UC Davis has long been a place where people from diverse fields come together to transform how we live and work. Right now, there’s a need for thinkers, entrepreneurs, doers and makers who can build bridges between disciplines—not only meeting the needs of today, but anticipating the demands of tomorrow, to make life more meaningful, more enjoyable and more equitable for all.
Sustainable solutions for food insecurity
One of humanity’s greatest challenges is to ensure global food security research while sustaining our planet. And as the nation’s top-ranked agricultural university, no one is better equipped to solve this problem than UC Davis. Smart Farm is our vision to spearhead a new era of agriculture—a showplace of modern farming in harmony with nature and people. It’s where we’ll advance solutions to revolutionize the industry in smart, sustainable ways, while giving students the hands-on experience they need to lead the field forward.
A promising new creative movement
There’s momentum in the arts at UC Davis. In collaboration with the Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, the university is poised to reimagine our arts education programs and become a primary fine arts destination of California. The world-renown Art Studio Program, with a proud history of outstanding faculty, students and graduates, is always growing. With recent funds for new exhibitions and programs, we are launching a revised curriculum, reinvigorated student recruitment efforts, and a robust visiting artist program, along with new facilities to house, nurture and expand our arts education and student programming.
Diane Bryant Engineering Student Design Center
A cutting-edge space for tomorrow’s solutions
Solving the world’s next great problem starts with an idea. That idea grows into a concept, a prototype, maybe even a game-changing business venture—but this doesn’t just happen on its own. To innovate for the future, Aggie engineers need a dynamic space where they can receive support and guidance every step of the way. The new Diane Bryant Engineering Student Design Center will transform how our students engage with our design curriculum; how they collaborate on interdisciplinary, team-based projects; how they learn about entrepreneurship; and how they receive the hands-on education that complements the theory they explore in the classroom.
Building the Entrepreneurial Mindset
We believe that innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) is not only about launching new companies—it’s a mindset. UC Davis is redefining I&E as an essential mindset to equip our students with the resources, training and experiential learning needed to move innovations forward. Students will be empowered to think creatively and build collaboratively, all while learning how to become the leaders of tomorrow. Your support will help establish a new minor and formal education programs inspired by I&E for the next generation of Aggie leaders.
A productive exchange of ideas and experiences
With state-of-the-art research labs, teaching facilities, modern offices and mixed-use space, Aggie Square will foster collaboration and creativity. This 25-acre development on our Sacramento campus will cultivate an environment that embraces innovation, values inclusion, and invites chance encounters among creative people who are all working to bring extraordinary ideas to life.
A radically different approach to solving the world’s most pressing challenges
Leaders in a bold new era
For many decades, UC Davis has been a place where the curious and the creative can connect across disciplines to forge a better future. Amid the uncertainty of the current pandemic, political division, and racial and socioeconomic inequality, we have an important role to play as we find inventive new ways to move the world forward.
Creative solutions that enhance our way of life
Whether we’re talking about food security or immersive cultural art experiences, UC Davis is a top-tier university, a research powerhouse and a groundbreaking institution. This gives us the unique opportunity to help people all over the world lead richer, more fulfilling lives.
Shaping a brighter tomorrow, together
We are ready to lead an exciting new era, with the innovation, expertise and visionary thinking it demands—and which only UC Davis can offer. Together, we will advance the future of our university, our society and all of humanity.
As we look forward, we look to you
Your partnership will help UC Davis strengthen our region as a nexus for ingenuity and forward-looking solutions that create a better world—from defining new artistic genres to reshaping our built environments to support tomorrow’s industries and communities.