Graduate Preparation Programs

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The UC LEADS program offers educationally or economically disadvantaged sophomore and junior STEM students programs an opportunity to begin their research training.

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UC Irvine’s SURF program offers undergraduate and master’s diversity students an opportunity to work with faculty mentors on research projects and provides an intense course of graduate preparation workshops.

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Each year the UC Irvine Graduate Division in partnership with the CSU Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Program hosts CPDP scholars in either the SURF or Competitive Edge summer programs.

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The Competitive Edge Summer Research Program is a pre-entry summer research program designed to support entering doctoral and MFA students from diverse backgrounds.