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 UCSB 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.
Once chosen as UC LEADS Scholars, the 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 from the University, and are better prepared and more diverse graduate applicant pool, and the State, well-educated future leaders.
UC LEADS Flier 2017
Each Scholar is mentored by a member of the UC faculty, who assists the student in designing a plan of research and enrichment activities fitted to the individual interests and academic goals of the Scholar which includes:
- Academic year research expenses and travel up to $1000
- Summer research experience at UCSB ($3000 stipend, plus $900 housing stipend)
- Summer research experience at a UC campus of students choice ($3000 stipend)
- Professional development workshops and research seminars during the summer
- Oral and written science communication skills development
- Academic and scholarly activities throughout the year
- Participation in University-wide UC LEADS Symposium
- Attendance at professional or scientific society meetings
- Preparation for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
To learn more about our students' research experience, check out their summer research blogs!
To see former and current UC LEADS participants, go to the Scholars’ profiles.
The UC LEADS program is open to any students who meets ALL of the following requirements:
- Participants should apply prior to their junior year and/or should be on track to receive the baccalaureate degree at the conclusion of the second year of the UC LEADS program
- Student must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
- AB540 students are eligible to apply
- Must be in a Mathematics, Science, or Engineering major
- Minimum 3.0 GPA for consideration
- Successful applicants must also demonstrate experiences, situations or conditions that have impacted their advancement in a STEM field of study, such as the absence of a role model in STEM; absence of a family member who received a four-year college degree; or graduation from a high school with poor financial or curricular support.
- Applications from individuals who are underrepresented in the graduate student and faculty populations in STEM fields of study are strongly encourage. These groups include women, African Americans, American Indians, Filipino Americans, and Chicano/Latinos. However, in accordance with state law, preference in selection may not be given to applicants on the basis of race, color, gender, or national origin.
The UC LEADS program identifies students who have:
- A commitment to and a strong potential for success in future pursuit of a PhD
- Experienced educational barriers to their academic progress, or who express a commitment to address the barriers that prevent participation of students from underrepresented groups in graduate academic programs
- Experienced situations or conditions that impacted their advancement or ability to advance in a STEM field (e.g. the absence of a role model in the STEM field, absence of a family member who received a four-year college degree or graduation from high school with poor financial or curricular support)
- Leadership potential to address the issues of underrepresentation of domestic minorities in the STEM fields
- The potential to gain the personal and multicultural competency skills necessary to address the needs of a diverse State and global community through science and technology
Student awardees must stay within an Engineering, Science, or Mathematics major at UCSB throughout the entire duration of the award. Each quarter they must maintain a 3.0 major and overall GPA and complete a minimum of 12 units. Awardees are required to attend periodic on- and off-campus events and activities as scheduled specifically for UC LEADS Scholars.
February 23, 2017
The application is now closed.