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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.

2018 Visiting UC LEADS Scholars

We will be hosting six UC LEADS summer visiting research scholars. We would like to congratulate the following visiting scholars.

  • Scarlett Yu, Physics // UC Los Angeles
  • Hanh Nguyen, Chemistry/Biochemistry // UC San Diego
  • Anoop Praturu, Physics // UC Santa Barbara
  • Jenny Lyn Arabit, Chemical Engineering // UC Davis
  • Daniel Chu, Chemical Engineering // UC Santa Barbara
  • Joshua Castro, Physics // UC San Diego

Visiting Scholar Program Dates:

Tentative Summer 2018 Dates: Sunday, June 17th to Sunday, August, 11th, 2018
(note: visiting scholar's labs must physically be part of main UC Berkeley campus)

  • Move in: Sunday, June 17th, 2018 (after 3 pm)
  • Program Orientation: Monday, June 18th, 2018
  • First day in Lab: Tuesday, June 19th, 2018
  • Research Poster Showcase: Thursday, August 9th, 2018
  • Last day of Program: Friday, August 10th, 2018
  • Move out: Saturday, August 11th, 2018 by noon

Please note: 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

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