About UC LEADS
How will this program help me with my undergraduate studies?
The UC LEADS program provides students with experiences in a variety of areas, such as research, leadership, science writing and networking. This program is geared to help scholars be successful in their undergradaute career by providing academic advising, tutoring and study skills workshops. Plus scholars have access to our student study center, where one can do homework, relax and watch tv, have lunch, watch a video, take practice GRE exams, work on presentations, or meet with study groups.
How many units do I need to have completed before I can apply to the UC LEADS Program?
This program is geared for seasoned sophomores/rising juniors. Typically students will have 72 units or come in as transfer students. Students need to be available for two years to perform research throughout the academic year, as well as during the summer.
What do I do if I don't have all my application materials completed by the application deadline?
CONTACT US! If a student is interested in applying but needs more time to fill out the application, s/he should contact our program to request a deadline extension. Deadline extensions are granted on a case-by-case basis.
Can I apply to this program if I want to obtain an M.D.?
This program is not geared for M.D. candidates. However, there are some other programs on the UC Davis campus that better suit students interested in obtaining an M.D.:
- Hugh Edmondson Research Fellowship in the Department of Pathology at the UC Davis Medical Center
- Biology Undergradaute Scholars Program
Do I need to attend weekly seminars?
Yes, seminars are a crucial and required element of this program. Scholars register on a quarterly basis and the time of the seminar is determined by the scholars schedules. If students choose not to participate in seminars they can be dismissed from the program.
My GPA is lower than 2.8, if I apply to this program, will I be considered?
This program is here to help students maximize their potential. We do not expect all our students to have stellar grades, but we do look for students who have upward trends with their GPAs. Students who improve their academic situation and show promise, but do not meet the 2.8 GPA requirement, should address this issue in the Statement of Purpose portion of the application (this will help us understand what the benefits would be for you to be part of our program).
Last Updated: October 5, 2011