The UC LEADS program identifies students who have:
- A commitment to and a strong potential for success in future pursuit of a Ph.D.
- 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
We want to thank the Microsoft Corporation and Karl Storz for their generous support of the UC LEADS (The University of California Leadership Excellence through Advanced DegreeS) here at UC Santa Barbara.