At Physics Day, February 20, 2010, UC Davis Physics hosted faculty and about 25 students from local CSUs, approximately half being URM, and introduced them to the CPAPC and to research opportunities at UC Davis. The visitors enjoyed a get-acqauinted session, joined very actively in Q&A with a faculty panel, and toured various labs and research groups in the department. The students found the event very exciting and informative, and vital personal connections with UC faculty, leading toward research involvement, were made. Several candids from Physics Day are shown below. The event's agenda and some representative comments follow.

“The lab visits were very interesting & informative. The grad students were very accommodating of questions about the program and the impact it has had on their lives. Q&A session was great! The whole day was a great experience & I hope future events are as enjoyable. Great beginning for a great idea.”

“Labs were amazing and great tours of them by the grad students. The professors were very knowledgeable and engaging and approachable.”

“The info about grad school in general was great. I didn’t have much information before so this was really informative for me. Also seeing real labs & hearing about different research was interesting too.”

“Very informative about research being done at Davis! Great opportunity to meet professors and students, get a feel for the dept. Great goals for the program – encourage minorities/women in physics, provide research opportunities for people at schools with limited resources, foster UC-CSU relationship, recruit for PhD program.”

“I loved the lab component! It was so inspiring. I also loved all the information about grad school in general.”