STEM Diversity Programs

Looking for more opportunities to join the STEM community and gain more experience in your field?

Check out the opporunities offered by STEM Diversity Programs!


RAD: Research Affiliates for Diversity

Students in all STEM disciplines are invited to join the RAD Program. Students in RAD are eligible to participate in the following activities:

  • Bio15: This is a one unit course held each quarter. It is a seminar course where students learn to present research and give feedback to their peers.
  • RAD Community Events: RAD holds workshops and community events to promote self growth, community and professional development.
  • Study Groups and Tutoring: Facilitated study groups and private tutoring are offered to RAD students each quarter by the STEM office.
  • Graduate School Application Support: RAD students can make appointments for assistance and guidance with their applications. Appointments are limited during peek application time (late fall) so be sure to start the process in the summer before you graduate.
  • Journal Club: This is a 2 unit course where students learn how to read, evaluate, and discuss scientific literature. Students do background research on journal topics and present their findings.
  • Conference Travel: The STEM Diversity Programs provide opportunities for students to participate in a variety of campus-wide, statewide, and national research symposiums.

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MARC: Maximizing Access to Research Careers

The MARC Program offers research training to participating honors students to help prepare them to compete successfully for entry into graduate programs leading to the Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences.

Funded through the National Institutes of Health, the MARC program's goals are to increase the numbers and capabilities of underrepresented scientists and to prepare students for careers in biomedical research. Acceptance is competitive and based on above average academic preparation and performance.

Awardees are given a monthly stipend of $1028 plus financial support towards tuition.

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IMSD: Initiative for Maximizing Student Development

IMSD, also known as the Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) program, provides participating students with the opportunity to receive an in-depth experience in the academic and experimental aspects of biological research.

Funded through the National Institutes of Health, the program consists of a laboratory-training program during the summer and laboratory research projects during the academic year. Graduates of the program have been able to enroll in a wide variety of graduate programs, internships, and professional schools.

Awardees are given an hourly-based salary with a maximum of $3,456 during the summer and up to $432/month for hourly pay during the school year.

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PACKARD: Summer Research Opportunities

Packard funds offer students the ability to be part of the Summer Research Institute (SRI) or Summer Research Experience (SRE).

As the student body at UCSC has diversified, the demographics of the student populations working in labs remained static. The Packard funding allows more students to get hands on research experience through SRI or SRE. The goal is to impact the participation of underrepresented minorities engaged in STEM research by raising the percentage of those enrolling in a graduate program.

Awardees are given a stipend of $3500 during the summer.

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UC LEADS: University of California Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees

The UC LEADS program identifies, encourages, and trains undergraduates who have potential for leadership as graduate students and also as future leaders committed to address the educational and economic factors leading to underrepresentation of diversity in STEM fields. UC LEADS provides students with the tools that prepare them to meet California's continuing scientific, economic, and social challenges.

UC LEADS scholars are empowered with research experience, advanced educational credentials, and leadership skills. UC LEADS undergraduates prepare themselves to earn Ph.D.s in the STEM fields offered by the University of California.

Find out if you are eligible to apply!