• UC LEADS RESEARCH AND LEADERSHIP SYMPOSIUM

    The 2017 UC LEADS Symposium was held at UC Los Angeles on March 11, 2017

  • POSTER SESSIONS

    UC LEADS scholars engage with faculty judges and fellow scholars as they present their research

  • POSTER PRESENTATIONS

    UC LEADS Scholars present their research

  • POSTER PRESENTATIONS

    UC LEADS Scholars present their research

  • KEYNOTE ADDRESS

    Scholars take in the research and experience of faculty keynote speakers

  • LEADERSHIP AND TEAM BUILDING

    Scholars race around UCLA on a team building scavenger hunt

  • AND THE WINNER IS...

    Scholars receive Top Honors and Honorable Mentions for their poster presentations

  • UC LEADS Scholars

    UC LEADS scholars celebrate a successful day

About UC LEADS

The goal of the University of California's Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees (UC LEADS) program is to educate California's future leaders by preparing promising students for advanced education in science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM). The program is designed to identify upper-division 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, the University develops a better prepared and more diverse graduate applicant pool, and ultimately, the state gets well-educated future leaders. Each Scholar is mentored by a member of UC, the faculty and advised by a UC LEADS Staff, which assists the student in designing a plan of research and enrichment activities fitted to the individual interests and academic goals of the Scholar. The "Action Plan" includes:

  • Academic year research.
  • Paid summer research experience.
  • Participation in the University-wide UC LEADS Symposium.
  • Attendance at professional or scientific society meetings.
  • Professional Development and Leadership Opportunities.
  • Academic enrichment activities, including preparation for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Reports

2000-2015 UC LEADS Historical Report

2015-2016 Annual Report

Funding

UC LEADS funding comes in part from the State of California as part of the Student Academic Preparation and Educational Partnerships (SAPEP). The University of California's SAPEP programs seek to raise student achievement levels generally and to close achievement gaps between groups of students throughout the K-20 pipeline so that more educationally disadvantaged students are prepared for postsecondary education, to pursue graduate and professional school opportunities, and to achieve success in the workplace.

The UC LEADS program thanks the Koret Foundation for its funding of the UC LEADS Symposium and student scholarships through a generous endowment to the UC Office of the President. Learn more about the Koret Foundation's support of UC LEADS and other UC programs in the publication the Koret Foundation Catalyst.

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