Academic year: FAMU, UMES, and Xavier

The MCBGAP academic year program will promote research collaborations between UC Davis and UMES, XULA, and FAMU faculty and prepare students to join their mentors in summer research at UC Davis. It consists of three components: a visit by UC Davis faculty to the HBCUs; monthly videoconference meetings between MCBGAP scholars and their UC Davis mentors; and a spring break visit to UC Davis by HBCU faculty and students admitted to the MCBGAP program.

  1. Fall visit to UMES, XULA, and FAMU: a visit by UC Davis faculty and grad students will enable undergraduates to gain a feel for the spectrum of research in cell and molecular biology at UC Davis. In addition, informal discussion groups will enable undergraduates to ask specific questions about research opportunities, the graduate school application process, and options for gaining additional experience prior to applying for graduate study.
  2. Monthly winter videoconferences between MCBGAP scholars and UC Davis mentors will help introduce students to the scientific questions that they will investigate and prepare them for summer research.
  3. spring break site visit to Davis by MCBGAP undergraduates and faculty will include participation in mentors’ laboratory meetings and reading groups. Participants also will get a first-hand look at graduate study, the graduate student community, and the Davis campus.

Last but not least: Apply for MCBGAP no later than 1 November

Questions about MCBGAP? Contact Carole Hom (

Joe Proudman / UC Davis