Competitive Edge Summer Bridge Program

Competitive Edge Summer Bridge Program

The UC Davis Competitive Edge summer bridge program is an eight-week “early start” research and professional development program for selected incoming graduate students that will take place Monday, July 10 - Friday, September 1, 2023. Competitive Edge is motivated by the belief that a diverse graduate student body enhances the quality of the educational experience for all students. Tied directly to UC Davis' strategic plan To Boldly Go, Competitive Edge works towards fulfilling our mission to be fully inclusive and supportive of all students.

In addition to receiving a stipend of $4,000 plus lodging support and , UC Davis Competitive Edge participants will engage in a full suite of activities designed to enhance your acclimation to and potential for success in graduate school. This includes weekly seminars that provide:

  • Advanced introduction to UC Davis faculty
  • Advanced introduction to key UC Davis campus resources
  • Early start to graduate research
  • Professional development workshops
  • Grant writing & development
  • Early mentorship from UC Davis faculty and peer mentors
  • Community-building and wellness activities 
  • An opportunity to present at the Graduate Scholars of Color+ (GSoC+) Annual Summer Research Symposium


Open March 15, 2023

Due by April 15, 2023

Decisions will be emailed by May 15, 2023


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July 10 - September 1, 2023

NOTE: This program runs 40 hours per week. This includes the expectations of fulltime research plus full engagement in weekly seminars (1-2 per week).

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