The University of California Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees (UC LEADS) program is designed to engage and educate California's future leaders by preparing promising students for advanced education in science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM). UC LEADS is designed to identify upper-division undergraduate students with the potential to succeed in these disciplines, but who have experienced situations or conditions that have adversely impacted their advancement in their field of study. Scholars are selected to participate in paid undergraduate research (two summers), leadership development, professional development, advising, community building, and graduate school application support. UC LEADS boasts a 76% success rate of our research scholars going on to STEM graduate programs. We are also proud to have UC Berkeley Faculty Research Mentor Dr. Alex Filippenko as one of the Faculty Representatives for our UC LEADS Statewide Steering Committee.
Opportunities and Benefits
- Paid summer research experience
- Statewide research symposium
- Professional and scientific society meetings
- Travel to other UC campuses
- Academic enrichment activities
- GRE prep
Our 2023 application will open in December 2022
- Aldo Gonzalez Ruiz, Mechanical Engineering
- Efrain Alvarado, Astrophysics
- Isabella Demetz, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
- Gabrielle Stewart, Astrophysics
- Kate Bostow, Astrophysics
- Santiago Karam Padilla, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
- Martin Beshara, Mechanical Engineering
- Thee Ho, Computer Science
- Isaac Sloan, Applied Mathematics & Modeling
- Alfred Vargas, Chemical Engineering
- Padma Venkatraman, Astrophysics & Data Science
- Jose Magana, Geophysics & Seismology
- Jesus Martinez Martinez, Astrophysics & Physics
- Irene Ortega, Cognitive Science & Computer Science
- Claudia Renero, Mechanical Engineering
- Wyatt Singh, Mathematics and Slavic Language/Literature
- Toren D’Nelly-Warady, Mathematics & Computer Science
- Gael Flores, Physics
- Vanessa Hernandez-Cruz, Mechanical Engineering
- Jason Jiang, Data Science & Math
- Eshaan Pathak, Comp Sci
- German Perea, Civil Eng
- Alexis Andres Palacios Duran, Physics
- Arismel Tena-Meza, Chemistry
- Camille Harris, Computer Science
- Emily Hill, Computer Science
- Evylyn Deagueros, Physics
- Mayia Vranas, Physics
- Cindy Barrios, Biological Sciences
- Lekha Patil, Math & Data Science
- Silvia Miramontes-Lizarraga, Math & Astrophysics
- Yasmeen Musthafa, Physics
- Brandon Tran, Computer Science
UC LEADS is a UC statewide program (partially funded through SAPEP-GSPP). It is a two-year program designed to help students interested in pursuing 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. This program also has an annual research and leadership symposium which rotates among the UC campuses to host. Our 2020-2021 statewide annual report can be found here.
- Students from non-dominant communities are encouraged to apply
- Must be a registered UC Berkeley student at the time of the application
- U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DREAMers
- Program is designed for Sophomore and Junior STEM majors interested in going to STEM graduate school programs
- Ideally 3.0 overall UC Berkeley GPA
- There is a two year/two summer commitment (unless you are a transfer student - at least one summer needed before you graduate)
1) I have more questions, who can I ask?
2) Is there a stipend associated with this experience?
—-Yes, for scholars eligible for both summers, the stipends are $4,000 for 2023 summer and $4,500 for summer 2024
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?
5) Will we present our research?
—-Yes, for summer 2023 we will be doing poster presentations at the end of our summer program and then a research poster presentation at our statewide symposium (typically in March).
6) I am a freshman or senior, can I still apply?
—Per our statewide efforts, we are working on recruiting sophomores or new transfer juniors to our program, though we will read all applications. More research opportunities can be found a http://research.berkeley.edu
7) What are the program dates for summer 2023?
—Monday, June 12th to Friday, August, 4th, 2023