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UC-HBCU Initiative

The UC-HBCU Initiative is a program offered by the University of California Office of the President (UCOP).  The program connects faculty and undergraduate scholars at both UC (University of California) and HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) campuses. Through faculty-guided summer programs undergraduates learn how to conduct research and develop professional skills and knowledge  of graduate school in a variety of academic disciplines.  A goal of the program is to increase the pool of talented, competitive, Black and African American students who apply to and pursue graduate degrees and professional training at one of our ten UC campuses.

2015 EEGAP, MBCGAP, and ASBIGAP student scholars 

The UC Office of the President encourages interested faculty to submit proposals for funding undergraduate research opportunities and summer programs at their home institution. Currently, there are five undergraduate research programs funded through the UC-HBCU Initiative at UC Davis that include the UCD-HU Atmospheric Science Bilateral Graduate Admission Pathways (ASBIGAP), UC Davis Evolution and Ecology Graduate Admission Pathways (EEGAP),UC Davis-Maryland Eastern Shore Molecular & Cell Biology Graduate Pathways (MCBGAP),UC Davis Summer Poverty Research Engagement Experience (SPREE), and the newly granted UC Davis Summer Program for Literary Analysis and Success in Humanities (SPLASH) to launch in the summer of 2016. 

UCD-HU Atmospheric Science Bilateral Graduate Admissions Pathways (ASBIGAP)

ASBIGAP is a partnership that provides Howard University and UC Davis undergraduates with summer research exchanges and joint mentoring by Howard University and UC Davis faculty. ASBIGAP scholars conduct research under the guidance of faculty and graduate student mentors in the UC Davis Graduate Group in Atmospheric Science exploring such specializations as atmospheric chemistry, biometerology, mesoscale meteorology, climate dynamics, and extreme weather. By combining academic year preparation with intensive summer research assignments ABSIGAP utilizes a comprehensive approach to student intellectual development to prepare students for graduate school. 

UCD campus contact: Academic Coordinator, Carole Hom, clhom@ucdavis.edu ​​

2015 EEGAP scholar in the lab with graduate student mentor

Evolution and Ecology Graduate Admissions Pathways (EEGAP)

The EEGAP program is a partnership that provides Howard University undergraduates with summer research at UC Davis and joint mentoring by Howard University and UC Davis faculty. Students selected to participate as EEGAP scholars are mentored individually by faculty in the Department of Evolution and Ecology at UC Davis, home to one of the nation's top-ranked graduate programs in ecology and evolutionary biology. By working side-by-side with UC Davis faculty and graduate students in original field and laboratory research, EEGAP scholars gain valuable research skills and the intellectual independence to support their competitive application to graduate programs in evolution and ecology sciences. 

UCD campus contact: Academic Coordinator, Carole Hom, clhom@ucdavis.edu 

2015 ASBIGAP scholar and graduate student mentor
 

UC Davis-Maryland Eastern Shore Molecular & Cell Biology Graduate Admissions Pathways (MCBGAP)

The Molecular and Cell Biology Graduate Admissions Pathways (MCBGAP) program is a partnership that provides University of Maryland Eastern Shore undergraduates with summer research at UC Davis and joint mentoring by faculty from both University of Maryland Eastern Shore and UC Davis. Supported by faculty mentors who conduct research at the cutting edge of science in molecular and cell biology MCBGAP scholars get to experience first-hand what life is like at a one of the nation's top-ranked graduate programs in biology. 

UCD campus contact: Academic Coordinator, Carole Hom, clhom@ucdavis.edu 

The Chemistry and Chemical Biology Graduate Admissions Pathways (CCBGAP) Program establishes a long-term partnership in mentoring and research collaboration between faculty at the University of California, Davis, and  Xavier University of Louisiana. 

Chemistry and Chemical Biology Graduate Admissions Pathways Program 

The CCBGAP program takes a comprehensive approach to student intellectual development through dual mentoring by UC Davis and Xavier University faculty, seminars, skype video conferences, site visits, and training in scientific communication to prepare students for summer research at UC Davis and competitive applications to graduate programs in chemistry and chemical biology.

For more information about the CCBGAP program, visit this website or contact Academic Coordinator Carole Hom at clhom @ucdavis.edu.

UC Davis Summer Poverty Research Engagement Experience (UCD SPREE) 

2015 UCD SPREE Cohort

UCD SPREE engages undergraduate students from Howard University, Morehouse and Spelman Colleges majoring in economics, education, psychology and sociology to conduct research at the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research. Students are paired with faculty and graduate student mentors based on their research interests and together they work on a range of projects to foster students' research skills and critical thought processes around issues related to the impact of poverty in the United States. 

UCD campus contact: Professor of Economics and Director, Ann Huff Stevens, annstevens@ucdavis.edu