Information for UC Davis Faculty

students talking to professor outdoorsEstablished in 2010, the Global Research Experience in Advanced Technologies (GREAT) Program, offers high-achieving international students from partner universities the opportunity to gain research training in cutting-edge science and technology fields from faculty at UC Davis. Under the direction of Professor Lijuan (Dawn) Cheng, GREAT serves as a recruitment pipeline by offering skilled and motivated international students the opportunity to experience UC Davis. There are currently 97 GREAT alumni who have been admitted into UC Davis graduate programs.

I was very impressed with the technical preparedness, dedication to research and excellent communication skills of my student. I see this as an excellent pre-screening and graduate student recruitment mechanism." Professor Ken Loh in Civil and Environmental Engineering 

The heart of the GREAT Summer Research Program is the training students receive in the research laboratories, preparing them to be successful graduate students and researchers. In addition, GREAT students contribute to the success of projects in labs across campus and serves to promote the internationalization of the UC system.

A Reputable Program with Long-term Value

Students in the GREAT Summer Research Program work full-time in laboratories under the guidance of faculty members or research scholars, contributing directly to the important research mission of the university. To date, GREAT students have conducted research in more than 34 departments with 137 faculty members. Students also participate in a custom seminar designed to enhance their ability to succeed in a U.S. research institution and learn cross-cultural communication, specialized writing skills, and focused training on research ethics and policies in the United States.


For more information about the GREAT Summer Research Program, contact program director Jake Hosier at

How UC Davis Faculty Benefit 

  • Access free, high quality student labor 
  • Assess graduate program applicants in advance 
  • Strengthen collaborations with researchers at international partner universities 

Program Partner Network 

We partner with eight leading universities in China and Taiwan. 

  • National Taiwan University 
  • Nanjing University
  • Peking University 
  • Tsinghua University 
  • University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • University of Science and Technology of China 
  • Xi’an Jiaotong University 
  • Zhejiang University 

Learn more about how the GREAT Program is preparing the next generation of leaders.