QBC Graduate Program Retreat

two women watch a research explain a poster presentation.
When November 4 to 6, 2024

Chaminade Resort and Spa

One Chaminade Lane
Santa Cruz, CA 95065

About the retreat

World-class science as an educational experience

The annual QBC graduate research conference has evolved and grown from separate retreats serving individual graduate programs and their students and postdocs to one encompassing faculty of multiple departments and four graduate programs:

  1. Biological and Medical Informatics

  2. Biophysics

  3. Chemistry and Chemical Biology

  4. Pharmaceutical Sciences and Pharmacogenomics.

Our annual graduate research conference has become a cornerstone in the training of graduate students. Held at the end of the fall quarter, the retreat performs a vital role for all levels of students:

  • First-year students are introduced to the breadth of research available to them in pursuit of their PhD degree.

  • Poster presentations, given by students starting in their second year, are vital to the development of these young scientists.

  • In addition, four advanced students are chosen by their program to present talks dedicated to the outstanding work they have accomplished during their training at UCSF.

The retreat features sessions of mixed talks posters, and socializing with broad exposure to the many complementary research directions of the four programs. It will offer opportunities for informal faculty/student interactions. These interactions are lively, immensely valuable, and often result in new research collaborations. It is a right of passage, which we believe is in the best tradition of scientific enterprise.

We need your donations

About 160 students are served by this meeting, which is considered a foundational element of their training. However, budget constraints have become severe because of state cutbacks and tuition increases.

We do not wish to reduce our commitment to this facet of student development, and we welcome donations to support this excellence of tradition in training at UCSF that must continue.

Donation categories

$1500 to $3,999

Student Advocate

  • Sponsor recognition



  • Sponsor recognition

  • Retreat attendance for one representative

  • Display of company descriptive material

  • Participation in career panel



  • Sponsor for DEI event or poster session

  • Retreat attendance for one representative

  • Display of company descriptive material

  • Participation in career panel

How to give


Questions? Contact Rebecca Dawson ([email protected]).

Sponsor history

  • Amgen
  • Ancestry.com
  • Cartography
  • eFFECTOR Therapeutics
  • Genentech
  • Interlaken Associates
  • Merck
  • New England BioLabs
  • Pfizer
  • Pliant
  • Recursion Pharma
  • Relay Therapeutics
  • Revolution Medicines
  • Technical Instruments
  • Theravance Biopharma
  • Third Rock Ventures
  • VX Biosciences