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Ecology Graduate Students Peer Mentoring Trip, “The Odyssey”

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Raised toward our $10,240 Goal
135 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on October 31, at 11:59 PM PDT
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Ecology Graduate Students Peer Mentoring Trip, “The Odyssey”

We need your help to save The Odyssey, a cherished tradition of the Graduate Group in Ecology! For over 20 years, new students in the GGE have been welcomed to the program with this magical bonding, learning, and professional development experience. After a hard year and devastating budget cuts, we are calling on GGE members, alums, associates, and friends to help us fund the next Odyssey experience.

The Odyssey introduces incoming ecology graduate students to the wonderful resources and opportunities available to them at UC Davis. Most importantly, The Odyssey provides a first introduction to the cohort and the GGE community, supporting a collegial and social atmosphere that will last throughout their graduate career and beyond.

The Odyssey introduces first-year students to some of the places and people critical to success in graduate school, including the University of California Natural Reserves System and GGE students, faculty, and staff. Cultivating relationships with these places and individuals better allows students to seek guidance and support early in their academic career. 

The foremost goal of the GGE is to provide world class training to the next generation of ecologists, and we believe this can best be accomplished by setting a tone of community, collaboration, and camaraderie from Day One. Regardless of whether you want to find a research collaborator, a dance party, a good hiking trail, or the best potlucks in town, first-year students can leave the Odyssey feeling prepared, supported, and excited for the journey to come.

Please support the Graduate Group in Ecology, including our Peer Mentoring Trip, “The Odyssey.”

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PES Parking Lot

Getting things started off right! Your donation will buy one box of window paint, to decorate the vans.


Pit Stop in Pollock Pines

Nature calls, and we ecologists will answer! Your donation will buy one t-shirt for a first-year student to wear for good luck during the ECL 200 final.


6AM Birdwatching

The early bird gets the worm! Your donation will pay for one night's lodging at Sagehen Creek Field Station.


Bodega Beach Picnic

Nothing like sand in your pizza; your donation will pay for one campsite at Bodega Dunes campground, with ocean views and guaranteed smoke-free air!


Sunset at Sagehen

Cohort bonding is hungry work; a $100 donation will pay for one student's meals for the entire trip.


Quail Ridge Vista Point

A $150 donation will help us buy a new set of first aid kits. Safety first!


Lake Tahoe Boat Tour

Your $250 donation could pay for gas for half our van fleet!


White Mountain Summit

A $500 donation will fund the rental of one van for an entire week, and we promise to draw your head on the back window :)

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