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Three UC Davis Formula Hybrid Team members working on a car

Students rise to the challenge

UC Davis students have opportunities to grow, learn and achieve — in the classroom, the lab and on the field of national competition.

Engineering students on the Hybrid Electric Vehicle project annually design and race high-performance, plug-in hybrid vehicles, ranking among the top teams in the country. Other students shining in the spotlight include classics majors who took first place in four out of six prestigious national exams in ancient Greek and Latin, and two law students who won the national space law moot court competition. Another team will compete in the U.S. finals of Microsoft’s competitive grant program for students to create a business or nonprofit.

Those are just a few of the many examples of how UC Davis students apply their academic knowledge to succeed in the competitive arena — where innovation and determination count.

(UC Davis Formula Hybrid Team members Alejandro Hernandez (from left), a fourth-year mechanical engineering student, Erick Joya, a second-year mechanical engineering student, and Diego Garcia, a fourth-year mechanical aerospace engineering student, work on a hybrid race car in Bainer Hall. The team is entering it in the Formula Hybrid International Competition at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., April 30–May 3. Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis photo)

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