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About UC LEADS

 Scholars engage with faculty judges and fellow scholars as they present their research at the 2018 UC LEADS Symposium at UCSB
Scholars engage with faculty judges and fellow scholars as they present their research at the 2018 UC LEADS Symposium at UCSB

Once chosen as UC LEADS Scholars, students embark upon a two-year program of scientific research and graduate school preparation guided by individual Faculty Mentors. Scholars are provided with an excellent opportunity to explore their discipline, experience a research environment, and improve their opportunities for future study in their chosen field. The Scholars gain valuable educational experience, the University develops a better prepared and more diverse graduate applicant pool, and ultimately, the state gets well-educated future leaders. Each Scholar is mentored by a UC faculty member and advised by a UC LEADS Coordinator, which assists the student in designing a plan of research and enrichment activities fitted to the individual interests and academic goals of the Scholar. The "Action Plan" includes:

  • Academic year research,
  • Paid summer research experience,
  • Participation in the University-wide UC LEADS Symposium,
  • Attendance at professional or scientific society meetings,
  • Professional Development and Leadership Opportunities,
  • Academic enrichment activities, including preparation for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

A Focus on Leadership

UC LEADS scholars fulfill leadership roles in various academic, cultural, and professional networking organizations; and serve as ambassadors for the UC LEADS program at campus events, conferences, and resource fairs.  They also provide academic and research mentorship to high school and junior high school students. The UC LEADS program enhances the leadership potential of our undergraduate scholars through professional development, advising, workshops, and certification opportunities. By actively engaging in public outreach, community service, and professional development opportunities through the UC LEADS program, our scholars are not only building their own STEM careers, but are also honing their potential as leaders in research, education, and outreach for communities throughout California and beyond.