Who We Are


The University of California Davis is one of the 10 public research universities in the United States that partners with SEISMIC.  

When joining the SEISMIC Collaboration, each SEISMIC Institution committed to

  • Bringing together a local community of education researchers and practitioners motivated to explore and improve equity and inclusion in foundational STEM courses, led by an institutional PI and supported by an administrative patron.
  • Hosting 6 or more SEISMIC-related speakers on their campus each year, as part of our Speaker Exchange Program. 
  • Getting research access to student data so their institution can participate in our parallel data analysis. Note, we do not share institutional data across SEISMIC, we share code to run parallel analyses and then share results across SEISMIC.
  • Connecting their existing STEM reform efforts to the larger SEISMIC project. It is hoped that these connections will both support and enhance local reform projects.
  • Paying the travel costs for four local team members to attend our annual collaboration meetings.





UC Davis SOTL Conference December 2019


Join Our Team!

Details below

If you are currently affiliated with UC Davis- as a faculty and/or student member– please reach out to your colleagues listed below for more information regarding how to join. 





Our Week Of SEISMIC!


Since Spring of 2022, SEISMIC has hosted several local, in-person SEISMIC events on each SEISMIC campus. UC Davis’s Week of SEISMIC took place February 6-10, 2023. 





Upcoming Events 


UC Davis hosts many seminars, talks, and events in general related to the work of SEISMIC. These opportunities are often highlight in the monthly newsletters that are sent to SEISMIC members. The link below gives you a detailed list of all opportunities available to members and non-members. 



Below you will find members of SEISMIC leadership that are UC Davis faculty and/or staff. Working Group members can use the Participants Database (password-protected) to find more members. 

Jonathan H. Bragg

Local SEISMIC PI for UC Davis


Marco Molinaro

Implementing Change Working Group Co-Chair


Jacqueline Arana

Undergraduate Student Coordinator


SEISMIC Voices- UC Davis  

Read the full statements here.  


Marco Molinaro 

Assistant Vice Provost for Educational Effectiveness | Center for Educational Effectiveness

“We would like to invite speakers from the partner campuses to 1) serve as “sparks” for new ideas/approaches, 2) show that there are incredible ideas and projects happening at similar institutions that have a great deal of potential at our own institution, and 3) further empower local innovation since engaging and thoughtful speakers from other institutions can greatly amplify, or “reinforce” local ideas and efforts as well as bring new people to the conversation…”


Natalia Caporale 

Assistant Professor of Teaching | College of Biological Sciences

I think that there are three key factors that have made it possible for me to work and contribute to several SEISMIC projects. The first is that, in my mind, all the projects that I am involved in complement each other and have the same overarching goal: To use quantitative and qualitative data to guide institutional decision making and interventions that are rooted in strong theoretical frameworks to improve the outcomes of STEM students and eliminate equity gaps…”


Jacqueline Arana

Student Project Coordinator | Center for Educational Effectiveness

“During my first year at the University of California, Davis, I found myself wanting to become more involved with the school and organizations offered. I found an application to become involved with SEISMIC at UC Davis as a Student Project Coordinator. I found SEISMIC’s involvement with STEM education and its goal to improve students’ experiences in their pursuit of STEM education to be empowering…”





Paola Pantoja

Undergraduate student studying mathematics and Chicano/a studies with a minor in Education

As a SEISMIC scholar, I have been working with Maggie and Vanessa, and mentored by Anna, to learn about the factors that influence a student’s belonging in STEM courses. Through this access to practice project, I have learned about methods and practices that help increase a student’s science identity and perseverance in STEM…”


UC Davis in the Spotlight 


May 2019 UC Davis Visit