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LEADS will achieve these important aims by providing mentoring, experiential learning in summer and academic-year programs, involvements in professional and scientific societies, exposure to the UC graduate environment, and participation in key academic enrichment programs, including leadership development activities.

  • Undergraduate Mentorship Experience
    • Scholars are matched with UCSD faculty members who serve as advisors and mentors. Mentors assist the scholars in developing and completing an educational plan that includes structured research, graduate school preparation and exploration, and participation in professional and/or scientific society meetings. This action plan should a) clearly describe the expenses required to support the scholar’s research activities that will be supported by the UC LEADS program, and b) be approved by the scholar, mentor, and campus coordinator. Mentors also provide academic counseling related to challenges encountered in implementation of the educational plan.
  • Academic Year Research
    • The scholars will participate in an organized research program during each academic year, under the direction of the faculty.
  • Campus Academic Enrichment and Leadership Development Opportunities
    • Scholars will participate in Academic Enrichment Programs providing special training in areas critical to academic and professional success, such as scientific writing, preparing and making academic presentations, and development of specific research or research-related skills. By the end of the second summer, scholars will have participated in Graduate Record Exam (GRE) preparation training activities.
    • During the second academic year of the program, scholars will prepare a graduate academic admission application and an appropriate fellowship application.
    • Campus coordinators will assist scholars in developing leadership skills through participation in supervised experiential learning opportunities (e.g. occasions to lead or mentor scholars within or outside the program) or workshops (e.g. time management, communication, modes of working with and promoting diversity, course-work success).
  • Annual University-Wide Symposium
    • All UC LEADS Scholars will participate in the annual UC LEADS Research and Leadership Symposium. The event features:
      • All scholars presenting their research results and methodologies with feedback from their colleagues, graduate students, and faculty members;
      • Opportunities to network with fellow Scholars, graduate students, graduate program administrators, and faculty members;
      • Scientific and academic presentation by leaders in the STEM fields of study, covering such topics as diversity in science, leadership in academia and industry, laboratory ethics, financing your graduate education, and balancing family and graduate school;
      • Presentations by national leaders in government, business, or industry addressing issues of leadership in an increasingly diverse STEM environment; and,
      • Opportunities to learn about mentoring future generations of students who may face obstacles to participation in higher education similar to those that they may have experienced in their own life.
  • Summer Research Program Experience
    • UC LEADS Scholars participate in two summer research experiences. The first takes place on the Scholar’s home campus. Scholars must commit to working full time on a research project during the summer (40 hours/week). They receive a minimum summer stipend of $4,000 and housing or housing compensation.
    • The second summer research experience occurs at another UC campus. Scholars must commit to working full time on a research project during the summer (40 hours/week). They receive a minimum summer stipend of $4,000 and housing compensation.
  • Involvement in Professional and Scientific Societies
    • Scholars are encouraged to participate in national or regional professional or scientific society meetings. UC LEADS provides support for registration, travel, and accommodation costs of attending these meetings.

Contact Us

Questions? Please direct them to:

Mayra Estrada
(858) 534-2770