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Partnerships & Initiatives

University of Skovde, Sweden

Students from the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics can spend a year in Sweden working in the labs alongside biologists from the University of Skovde.

Buck Institute for Research on Aging

Dominican has partnered with the Buck Institute to offer a master’s degree in biological sciences with an emphasis on age research. The Buck Institute for Research on Aging is the first independent research facility in the United States to focus solely on aging and age-related conditions. The National Institute on Aging designated the Buck Institute as a "Nathan Shock Center of Excellence in the Biology of Age Research" in June 2005, one of just five in the nation.

Marin Math Circle

The Marin Math Circle brings together students who are interested in exploring new mathematical topics and challenging problems. The aim of the Math Circle is to introduce students to the wonders of beautiful mathematical theories, presented by mathematicians with a passion for teaching; provide students a place to have fun solving problems together with their peers; prepare students for math contests; encourage students to undertake future careers linked with mathematics, whether as mathematicians, educators, economists, biologists, or business entrepreneurs. Learn about Marin Math Circle.

Dominican Outreach - Natural Sciences and Mathematics

  • DO-STEM - The Dominican Outreach - Science, Technology, English, and Math program promotes math and science education for educationally disadvantaged middle and high school students, through tutoring and mentoring by Dominican undergraduate science majors, so that they can excel academically and become competitively eligible for colleges and universities. DO-STEM is generously supported through a grant from the Marin Community Foundation.
  • DO-IGC - The Intergenerational Conversation program fosters communication and understanding between generations by connecting Dominican science majors and older adults in Marin County. The program will expand the social network of support for elders and students, utilize the leadership skills and life experience of older adults, develop the leadership skills of students, promote the wellness and quality of life of older adults, and address the shortage of professionals in geriatric care.  DO-IGC is generously supported through a grant from the Marin County Division of Aging and Adult Services.


The National Ornamentals Research Site at Dominican University of California (NORS-DUC) is the first research site in the United States dedicated to the study of pests and diseases affecting the health of ornamental plants.

The facility is funded by a grant from the 2008 Farm Bill, administered through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) Center for Plant Health Science and Technology (CPHST). Learn about NORS-DUC.

Community Partners

Students studying for their bachelor’s degree in nursing are required to complete 810 clinical hours. Dominican has clinical affiliations with more than 55 Bay Area acute care hospitals, non-profit agencies, long-term care facilities, and clinics.

Xgene Corporation

Xgene Corporation was founded to develop and commercialize two promising new technologies: a proprietary technology for producing a full-thickness human skin equivalent, and an advance in the area of the control of gene expression. The company has a lab in Dominican’s Science Center, and undergraduates are working in this lab alongside Xgene founder Warren Hoeffler, PhD.

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