Public Impact Research Initiative Projects

Explore Our Funded Projects

Discover the diverse range of initiatives we've supported over the years. 

Studying in Nepal: Students Find Adventure, Friendship and Purpose

UC Davis professors with a longstanding connection to Nepal, along with their Nepalese colleagues, lead a learning exchange program that offers students a profound immersion in the country’s vibrant culture, environment and history. Through hands-on projects designed with a small rural village, students gain a unique perspective on global citizenship and community engagement while creating special bonds with new friends.

Open Letters from Prison

When COVID-19 isolated incarcerated people, Assistant Professor Ben Weber and the California Coalition for Women Prisoners launched a writing group to facilitate communication among individuals both on inside and outside of prison walls.

Anthropological Ally

Liza Grandia, associate professor in the Department of Native American Studies and internationally acclaimed public scholar, was barely drinking age when she stopped the World Bank and an international oil company from building a pipeline through the rural regions of Guatemala.

Navigating Bodies That Don’t Fit

Filmmaker Julie Wyman, associate professor of cinema and digital media, brings a deeply personal connection to UNTITLED DWARFISM PROJECT, a documentary feature film exploring the little people community’s perspectives on new pharmaceutical treatments for dwarfism.