University of California, Riverside

Graduate Division

UC Leads

group UC LEADS



UC LEADS Scholar Recipient of Pfizer Fellowship

Congratulations to Rosa McGuire, a current UC LEADS Scholar, who received an award in ecology /evolutionary biology from the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).  The SACNAS awards recognize the next generation of scientists and STEM leaders for their accomplishments in science while bringing light to their work an college institution, as well as encouraging students to continue a career in science.  Rosa works under the mentorship of Dr. Kurt Anderson in the Department of Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology.

UC Leadership through Advanced Degrees

The UC Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees (UC LEADS) Program is a two-year program designed to identify educationally and/or economically disadvantaged undergraduates pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), who will conceivably complete doctorate degrees.

This program provides students with educational experiences that prepare them to assume positions of leadership in industry, government, public service and academia, following the completion of a doctoral degree, preferably at the University of California.

Program Term
Two years, beginning Summer 2018

Eligibility Criteria

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Applicants must be a UCR undergraduate and enrolled full-time in a course of study in the physical or life sciences; technology, engineering or computer sciences; or mathematics and have a minimum 3.2 g.p.a.
  • Applicants should apply prior to their junior year or should be on track to receive the baccalaureate degree at the conclusion of the second year of the UC LEADS program. Applicants for 2018 should be planning to graduate Spring 2020.
  • Applicants must demonstrate both:
    • 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; and
    • A commitment to and a strong potential for success in future pursuit of a PhD.

Evaluation and Selection of Scholars

Applicants will be evaluated by the UCR Outreach Oversight Working Team, according to the following criteria:

  • Outstanding potential for leadership.
  • An interest in using the doctoral degree to promote diversity in STEM fields.
  • Perseverance and commitment to educational achievement as evidenced by the above eligibility criteria.

Current Scholar Profiles

Stipends and Allowances

  • UC LEADS scholars will participate in two summer research experiences: the first at the home campus and the second at another UC campus.
  • Scholars must commit to participate in the research program full-time during the summer (40 hours per week).
  • Scholars will receive a minimum stipend of $3,000 for the first summer plus housing in a residence hall or an off-campus housing/food allowance.

Program Components and Activities

  • Undergraduate faculty mentorship experience; mentors will assist scholars in developing and completing an Action Plan that includes research experiences, graduate school preparation and exploration, as well as attendance and participation in regional or national professional and scientific society meetings.
  • Campus academic enrichment opportunities including workshops, academic career planning, development of research skills, and colloquia.
  • Students present their research at the annual UC system-wide research symposium.
  • Summer research experiences include two summers: one at the home institution and one at another UC campus.
  • Scholars receive travel support to attend and participate in professional and scientific society meetings (contingent upon continued funding).
  • Scholars will participate in at least one research presentation (of their choosing) each year, excluding the summer research experience. Scholars are encouraged to present their work at national or regional meetings.
  • Scholars are expected to travel to at least one UC campus each year to meet with graduate students and faculty and participate in campus tours to become acquainted with graduate programs and various aspects of campus life.

Application Procedure

Applicant must:

  • Obtain the recommendation of a UCR faculty member who is willing to serve as a mentor or provide a reference for your consideration for the program. If assistance is needed in identifying a faculty mentor, please contact your MEP Director, CAMP Director, Honors Director or UC LEADS Director (in the Graduate Division).
  • Give the recommender the "Letter of Recommendation" form; and request that the letter be returned to you in a sealed and signed envelope. Return the recommendation (in sealed envelope) with your application materials.
  • Complete the UC LEADS application 
  • Include a copy of your most recent unofficial transcript in the application packet.

Application Deadline: February 28th, 2017 

Interviews: March 26-30, 2018

Award Notification: April 2018 or at the earliest possible time.






UCR Graduate Division – 045
Academic Preparation & Outreach
University Office Building
Riverside, CA 92521-0208

If you have questions regarding the program or the application, please call (951) 827-3680 or e-mail

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

Graduate Division
University Office Building

Tel: (951) 827-4302
Fax: (951) 827-2238