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UC LEADS Research Program - New Scholars Announced!

University of California Leadership Excellence through Advanced DegreeS (UC LEADS) program is part of the UC Office of the President's efforts to increase the number of diversity students pursuing graduate degrees in STEM. This undergraduate program provides two summers of faculty mentored research at UC campuses and leadership development.

Congratulations to our NEW 2017 Cohort!

  • Cindy Barrios
  • Lekha Patil
  • Silvia Miramontes-Lizarraga
  • Yasmeen Musthafa
  • Brandon Tran

Application: Will open in Spring 2018

Overview

Opportunities and Benefits

Dr. Ortiz and Dr. Matsui inspire students at 2016 Statewide Symposium
Dr. Ortiz and Dr. Matsui inspire students at 2016 Statewide Symposium
  • Paid summer research experience
  • Statewide research symposium
  • Professional and scientific society meetings
  • Travel to other UC campuses
  • Academic enrichment activities
  • GRE prep​

UC LEADS is a two-year program designed to identify educationally or economically disadvantaged UC undergraduates in STEM who show promise of succeeding in doctoral STEM degree programs. The program provides students with educational experiences that prepare them to assume positions of leadership in industry, government, public service, and academia. It is a UC-centric program that provides a paid summer research internship at UC Berkeley and a second summer of paid research at another UC campus. The program helps cover some of the costs such as housing, food, transportation to and from that UC campus and research stipend. Each spring five to seven UC LEADS scholars are selected.

Eligibility Snapshot

  • LGBTQ, U.S. Military veterans, and transfer students are encouraged to apply
  • Must be a registered UC Berkeley student at the time of the application
  • U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DREAMers
  • Sophomore and junior STEM majors interested in going to graduate school
  • 3.0 overall UC Berkeley GPA
  • There is a two year/two summer commitment


Application

Our next application cycle will be in Spring 2018.

FAQ

1) I have more questions, who can I ask?

—-Please text your questions or call Diana a #510.778.5165 or e-mail them to Chris at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

2) Is there a stipend associated with this experience?

—-Yes, $4,000 for summer 2017 and $4,500 for summer 2018

3) Can I take summer school and do this program?

—-Unfortunately, no. You will be expected to immerse yourself into your faculty mentored research lab for 35 hours a week during our summer program.

4) I already have a UC Berkeley faculty research mentor that I have been working with on campus. Can I still apply?

—-Yes

5) Will we present our research?

—-Yes, we will teach you how to design and print a research poster. Also, we will have a small poster session at the end of the program on Thursday, August 10th.

6) I am a freshman or senior, can I still apply?

—Per our statewide efforts, we are working on recruiting sophomores or juniors to our program. More research opportunities can be found a http://research.berkeley.edu

UC LEAD Scholar Andrew presenting his research at statewide symposium
UC LEAD Scholar Andrew (right) presenting his bioengineering research at the UC LEADS statewide symposium. Andrew is now a PhD Bioengineering Graduate Student at Vanderbilt working on exoskeleton legs.

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