The HBCU GAP program builds upon the foundations created by University of California HBCU Initiative programs at UC Davis: the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Graduate Admissions Pathways Program (EEGAP) and Molecular and Cell Biology Graduate Admissions Pathways Program (MCBGAP). HBCU GAP seeks to provide undergraduates from selected historically black colleges with summer research experience in the following disciplines:

  • Howard University or CSU undergraduates: research in ecology and evolutionary biology
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Xavier University of LouisianaFlorida A & M University, or CSU undergraduates: research in molecular, cell, and developmental biology


  • academic year preparation;
  • summer research at UC Davis and mentoring;
  • follow-up mentoring for seniors who have completed the HBCU GAP program, with the goal of admission to a strong graduate program in ecology, evolutionary biology, molecular biology, cell biology, developmental biology or related fields.


  • $4,400 stipend
  • housing, meals, and expenses of travel to Davis covered by the HBCU GAP program.
  • eight weeks of immersion in science at a research-intensive university
  • mentoring by faculty with proven track records for expertise in working with undergraduates


  • academic year preparation: monthly videoconference calls between scholar and mentor introduce the research question and help to establish a productive. collegial working relationship
  • summer program, 21 June 2020 through 16 August 2020
  • why UC Davis?