With your help, UC Davis is taking its food science program to the next level of excellence in teaching and research on behalf of the food and beverage industries. UC Davis currently has the largest undergraduate food science program in the nation. As our student enrollment grows, both undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships become even more critical.

Student Support

UC Davis has more than 200 undergraduate students pursuing food science degrees. Scholarships and other forms of financial support are critical for students, particularly in this time of rising fees. To give online to support undergraduate scholarships and aid for food science students, click here. You can also help students, both undergraduate and graduate, participate in outreach, networking and other experiential learning opportunities and activities such as tours of food processing facilities, networking events with alumni and participation in industry conferences. To give to the Student Educational Enhancement Fund click here

Graduate Student Support

Funding to attract and support our cadre of 70+ students in the Food Science Graduate Group is among the top priorities of the department. Graduate students play a critical role in teaching and advancing research that benefits the food and beverage industry. A gift to the Barrett and Buhlert Memorial Food Science Teaching Award will support graduate students who have demonstrated a passion for teaching and mentorship of other students and will honor the legacies of the late Ericka Barrett and James Buhlert. To give to this fund, click here

Unrestricted Support for the Department

Unrestricted gift dollars allow the department to take advantage of opportunities that would otherwise be out of reach. Funding provides a margin of excellence and flexibility for the department. As an example, in the past 2 years we have used these funds to provide matching funds in the purchase of upgraded equipment for our chemistry, microbiology and food processing teaching laboratories and to replace equipment in the food innovation lab.  We have also been able to provide program support to our new department faculty (three in the past two years!) and to new and innovative student programs. To make an online gift to the department, click here

Other Online Giving Opportunities 

The following online giving opportunities are associated with the Department of Food Science and Technology.

Unrestricted support to the highest priorities of the Department of Food Science and Technology 

Foods for Health Institute 

Food Loss and Waste Collaborative 

Charlie Bamforth Brewing Science Fund 

Diane Barrett Fruit and Vegetable Faculty Fellowship 

Honey and Pollination Center 

Malting and Brewing Program

Michael J. Lewis Endowment for Brewing Science 

UC Davis Olive Center 

To explore more ways to give to Food Science and Technology, check out this website or contact Melissa Haworth, Director of Development, (530) 979-1440 or