Student research focus of weekend symposium hosted by UCSC

Student research will take center stage on March 4-5 at the annual Koret UC Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees (UC LEADS) Research and Leadership Symposium, hosted by UC Santa Cruz.

The event at UCSC's University Center draws undergraduates from the nine University of California campuses displaying research they have done in UC labs.

"This symposium provides these talented undergraduates an opportunity to engage in scientific discourse with members of the UCSC community, and also gives faculty a chance to interact with many potential applicants to UCSC Ph.D. programs," noted UC LEADS coordinator Sarah Dempsey, from the Office of the President.

Scholars will share the results of their research through poster presentations, attend workshops and panels, listen to addresses, and interact with other members of the UC LEADS community.

The UC LEADS program is designed to identify upper-division undergraduate students with the potential to succeed in science, mathematics, or engineering, but who have experienced situations or conditions that have adversely affected their advancement in their fields 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.

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