Cal NERDS

University of California Leadership Excellence through Advanced DegreeS - Research Program

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.

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
  • Academic year research
  • 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
  • 3.2 overall UC Berkeley GPA
  • There is a two year/two summer commitment
  • Two letters of recommendation are required

Application | Opens March 13, 2017

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

Please send your questions to Director Diana Lizarraga via text at #510.778.5165 or via e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Text is preferred and faster.