Research Experience for Undergraduates Program
UC Davis Physics and Astronomy Department
June 12 to August 20, 2022

Davis is at the north end of California's Central Valley, about 15 miles west of Sacramento.  Daytime is hot and dry in the summer, with highs often in the 90's and sometimes over 100.  A cooling breeze usually blows overnight, often reducing the temperature by 30 degrees or more from the daytime high. Unlike many parts of California, there are no major faults nearby, so earthquakes are rarely felt here.

The city of Davis (population 65,000) is best known for its bicycles.  Davis is the only "double-platinum" in the League of American Bicyclists listings: the city and university are both rated platinum as a Bicycle Friendly Community and Bicycle Friendly University, respectively.  (UC Davis is also a platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business.)  With few hills and more than 50 miles of bike paths, travelling around the city by bike is easy.  We provide bicycles for all REU students.

The city's downtown shows the influence of the large student population, with several coffeeshops and bookstores and a variety of inexpensive restaurants and cafes.  Several of these restaurants also set up booths at the farmer's market on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.  Unusual traits of Davis include the large agricultural segment of the campus and many sculptures scattered around town.