Research support


We have two targeted research support funds to which you can donate, one for our Center for Quantum Mathematics and Physics, and one for our Liquid Helium Laboratory.

In addition, we gratefully acknowledge the research support provided by generous donors through the funds listed below.

If you are interested in additional ways to support our research programs, please click here.

Applications of Physics to Environmental Problems Research Fund

Established in 2017 by Thomas and Virginia Cahill, this fund supports multi-year research by tenured faculty and their graduate students in the Department of Physics to address critical environmental concerns.

Frederica Darema Speaker Forum

This fund, established in 2019 by Dr. Frederica Darema, supports a speaker forum in the Department of Physics. This Forum serves as an opportunity for invited speakers to showcase their search work in any area of physics, or in any area where physics interfaces with other STEM fields. The invited speakers should be lectureers who are tenure-track assistant professors at a US university, prefereably in their 4th, 5th or 6th year, whose life experiences have given them the unique perspective of understanding and overcoming obstacles consistent with those identifying as underrepresented scholars (women or other underrepresented minorities). Exceptional tenured or tenure-track research staff in US Federal or private sector research laboratories (preferably in their 3rd, 4th, and 5th year) are also eligible.

John F. and M.M. Ann Gunion Fund for the Support of High Energy Phenomenology

This award supports study, research and teaching in High Energy Phenomenology in the Department of Physics.

Richard L. Lander Data Analysis and Visualization Laboratory

Supports building renovations and enhancements to the Physics building to create a lab that will sustain the international high enery particle physics lab.

John M. Rodgers Memorial Grant For Experimental High-Energy Physics

To be used for expenses related to research, equipment, supplies and travel, in connection with high-energy physics in the Dept of Physics at UC Davis.

Michael and Ester Vaida Endowed Chair in Cosmology and Astrophysics

Gives special recognition to an individual selected and to provide supplemental financial support for teaching, research, outreach and all other related purposes. The Endowment was established by Michael and Ester Vaida. Michael received his PhD from UCD in 1973 in computational physics and computer science.