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Founded in 1868, UC Berkeley is ranked #1 for public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Boasting 51 Nobel Laureates (faculty and alumni), UC Berkeley has contributed to improving the human condition through pioneering efforts in nuclear medicine, insect control, bionic exoskeleton robotic legs, CRISPR gene editing, disability education efforts, and treating global malaria, etc. Its discoveries (earthquake science, cyclotron, biofuels, atomic physics, and open source coding) demonstrate UC Berkeley’s history of creativity and innovative research. Our UC LEADS Program is well positioned in the Cal NERDS umbrella of diversity STEM programs. This rich academic landscape will amplify opportunities and activities for UC LEADS Scholars by focusing on STEM core competencies to enhance their scientific career trajectory, such as faculty mentored research, computational literacy, data science fundamentals, graduate school application training, and business skills.

Visiting Scholar Program Dates:

Summer 2024 Dates: June 9th to Aug 3rd, 2024, 8 weeks

  • Move in: Sunday, June 9th
  • Mandatory UC Davis Graduate School Visit: TBD in July
  • Research Poster Showcase: Thursday, Aug 1st
  • Move out: Saturday, Aug 3rd

The Cal NERDS UC LEADS Visiting Summer 2024 Application can be found here

Please note: a visiting scholar's home campus coordinator/director will need to pay in advance for food and lodging directly to through ihouse,  Visiting scholars' labs must physically be part of main UC Berkeley campus. We do not provide parking - those arrangements will have to be made on your own. You will be getting two meals a day and staying in a single room. Your research stipend should be organized by your home campus. You must take your home campus research safety course before you come to our campus. Your lab may ask you to take additional safety training and acquire additional identification - so please submit those requirements to Director Lizarraga.

UC LEADS is housed in the Cal NERDS program along with a few other diversity STEM programs. Please text or call Director Lizarraga at #510.778.5165 if you are interested. Our website is

UC Berkeley Graduate School Information and Resources