Vote for Happy hours & share your ideas!!

In short: Fill out the poll by Thu 10/6 to share your ideas and help choose when we’ll have happy hours! Thanks!


Extended version:

What is happy hour?

  • GET IN TOUCH with members of our grad groups;
  • TAKE A BREAK from classes and lab/field works;
  • ENJOY snacks, drinks and fun conversations;
  • and yes, it will be ON CAMPUS, in Robbins!!!


VOTE for the day of the week that you are available after work (i.e. 5 pm). Go to (log in to UCD) and VOTE NOW!!!! (by Thu 10/6).


More ideas?

Want to host a movie night, Halloween party, Thanksgiving dinner, or other fun events? Contact Paul ( Interested in putting together a QE study group or have ideas for community outreach? Contact Jen ( – we’d love to hear from you!


The first Journal Club in Fall 2016 is coming up!

The first journal club will be held on Wednesday (10/5/16) at 5pm in 140 Robbins Hall.
For this first meeting, we will select a day and time to meet for future discussions and also have a short discussion of some fun science articles:

Strawberries and Lawsuits: future of favorite fruit hinges on intellectual property

The truth about genetically modified food

Hybrid vigour characterized

Gene name errors are widespread in the scientific literature
Feel free to invite friends from other grad groups as well! There will be free snacks!


GSA representatives needed!

Graduate Student Association (GSA) representatives are needed for the new school year!

Representing the Hort&Ag graduate group, reps will attend the monthly GSA assembly meeting on the first Wednesday evening of the month during the school year (dinner provided) and bring back the information discussed in the meeting to the Hort&Ag group.

It is a good position for someone interested in helping with the Hort&Ag group but without a large time commitment. You will get updated for the campus activities and resources. It’s also a good experience to add into your CV.

Please let Mengyuan ( know if you want to be a GSA rep by Oct. 3 (Mon).


New Officers Elected!!

Hort and Ag circle

The positions of President, Treasurer, Journal Club Coordinator, Outreach Coordinator, and Social Chair have all been filled.  Position descriptions can be found here.

The new officers are – President: Mengyuan Xiao, Treasurer: Ian Thompson, Outreach Coordinator: Jennifer Schmidt, Journal Club Coordinator: Mitch Feldmann, and Social Chair: Paul Kasemap.

Congratulations to the next generation of SHAGG officers.



2016/17 Officer Nominations now open

Hort and Ag circle

The Call for Nominations is now open and we are seeking candidates for the open positions of President, Treasurer, Journal Club Coordinator, Outreach Coordinator, and Social Chair. Both self nominations and nominating others (as long as they accept the nomination) are welcome. Position descriptions can be found here.

Being an officer is a chance to grow personally and professionally, to develop skills, gain unique experience and make lasting connections with a team of other passionate and motivated plant scientists. It is a very good resume builder.

Service in an officer position for SHAGG is a chance to help make decisions affecting your graduate student life at UC Davis and shape the future of the Hort&Ag Grad Group. The opportunity allows you to work with other GGHA students that you may not normally interact with and to be part of the decision making process for some of what goes on in the graduate group. This is an exciting time to join the leadership of SHAGG and help the graduate group become more cohesive.




Happy Hour Tonight!

Winter is upon us and Bowie has returned to his home planet ( As you hunker down to science hard through this period, take some time to come hangout with your frandzz…

What: Hour(s) of Happy
When: 5 p.m. Friday, January 11
Where: Delta of Venus if it’s not raining; Woodstocks if it is raining…
If the where gets confusing, drop Gitanshu a message (click here), and he’ll let you know where everyone is.
Welcome back!

Volunteer Opportunity – Planting at Einstein Middle School

From Miguel Macias –

Einstein Middle School (9325 Mirandy Drive, Sacramento, CA 95826) is putting in native plants in their new front garden on December 17th and 18th from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm on Thursday and 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on Friday.  If anyone from SHAGG can make it, that would be awesome.  For more information, contact: Michael Holt  at 916-807-0445.


Welcome BBQ Fall 2015

School has started, as has a new cohort of incoming Hort&Ag students. To make them feel welcome, help them get to know others in their graduate group, and just have a good time, the annual Hort&Ag Welcome BBQ will be held on Oct. 5th in the courtyard next to Wickson. Everyone is welcome. There will be tasty viddles and some lawn games.

bbq time