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UC Davis Centennial
100 years of service, solutions, impact

Looking Back

UC Davis historical timeline



UC Davis recognized as a top campus in producing minority Ph.D.s in math, physical science and engineering.

Nation's only horse physical therapy program launched.

UC Davis triples its capital investment to build campus.

2000 animal shelter

$2.2 million grant launches nation’s first animal-shelter medicine research program.


Division of Education becomes School of Education.

2001 Hinshaw Virginia

Virginia Hinshaw named provost.

2001 Mondavi gift

Robert and Margrit Mondavi give $35 million, campus’s largest gift to date, to benefit Institute for Wine and Food Science and Center for the Performing Arts.


UC Davis leads the nation for agriculture and environment publications, citations.

2002 cats hiv lyons

First vaccine for cat AIDS approved for veterinary use.

Agricultural research funding leads nation.

UC Davis Cancer Center achieves National Cancer Institute designation.

2002 Mondavi Jackson Hall

Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts opens.

2002 its fuel cell

Toyota delivers first fuel-cell car in U.S. to UC Davis for consumer research.

Plant and Environmental Sciences building opens.

Private support for UC Davis tops $100 million for first time.


2003 dorm

Three freshman residence halls open to house nearly 400 students.

2003 lrdp

UC regents approve UC Davis growth plan, neighborhood, research park and conference center.

2003 Schaal pool

Rand and Ted Schaal Aquatic Center opens.


Center for Mind and Brain opens.

2004 ARC

Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) opens.

2004 energy

California governor launches Hydrogen Highway at an event at UC Davis.

2004 Michael Siminovitch

California Lighting Technology Center created.

Executive M.B.A. program launched in the Bay Area.

2005 genome

Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility opens and promotes cross-cutting research.


2005 Bodega launch

Scientists launch an innovative new boat to access Northern California ocean.

2005 peigh horse Kid

Theodora Peigh estate leaves $13 million to support veterinary students.

Division of Biological Sciences becomes College of Biological Sciences.

Research funding passes a half billion dollars.

2005 TomHarv43

UC tomato harvester designated as historic landmark.


2006 chocolate

Researchers identify heart-healthy compound in chocolate.

Mathematical Sciences building dedicated.

UC Davis' regional economic impact tops $3 billion annually.

UC Davis welcomes 5,500 freshmen, the largest freshman class in UC history.

2006 Tahoe research center

Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences opens.


Warren and Leta Giedt Hall dedicated.

2007 avian flu

UC Davis wins national center for avian flu research.

Technocultural Studies building opens.

School of Public Health proposal approved by UC Davis faculty.

2007 Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

$100 million grant launches Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.