UCLA Competitive Edge: NSF Summer Transition Program to the Doctorate

2005 Competitive Edge Participants (l-r): Carlos Lazo (Neurobiology) and Tim Dasilva (Computer Science)

2005 Competitive Edge Participants (l-r): Marisa Monreal (Inorganic Chemistry), Fernando Gomez (ACCESS), Marina Ollervides (Neuroscience), and Angela Rizk-Jackson (Neuroscience)

2005 Competitive Edge Participants (l-r): Genevieve Fernandez (Environmental Engineering), Claudia Gonzalez (ACCESS), Sylvie Inkindi (ACCESS), and Julio D’Arcy (Inorganic Chemistry)

Program Description

The Competitive Edge program is funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Alliance for Graduate
Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) grant. This program is for newly admitted, entering doctoral students
in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)
with a strong interest in pursuing
a faculty or research position. The objective is to provide awardees with research and professional development
experiences to enhance their success in UCLA STEM doctoral programs. Competitive Edge is six weeks of full-time,
faculty-guided research and mentoring, as well as academic and professional workshops.
Continuation of this program is contingent on funding availability.


Individuals whose backgrounds are underrepresented in STEM doctoral programs and in accordance with the
NSF (i.e., African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians or other Pacific

  • Accepted admission to a UCLA STEM doctoral program
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • Strong interest in pursuing a university and/or research career

How To Apply

Nominations will take place through your department. Please contact your Student Affairs Officer if you
are interested in being nominated.

For Further Information Contact

Anna Guzman, NSF AGEP STEM Program Coordinator at: (310) 825-3953 or via e-mail: aguzman@grad.ucla.edu.