Pathways to Success Program

The UCLA-HHMI Pathways to Success Program is a 4-year, intensive, honors-level program for undergraduate students majoring in the life sciences, with an interest in the bio-sciences.

All HHMI Pathways students engage in cutting edge research with world-class professors, participate in high-level academic collaborative learning workshops, and are a part of a mentoring community to support their success and persistence in STEM. Through our programming students are introduced to research during their first year! Many are accepted into labs by the summer of their freshman year or during their sophomore year.

The Pathways program is committed to the academic success and professional development of highly motivated students, from diverse backgrounds, who intend to pursue a career in the life sciences.

The application to apply for Pathways is now open! First-Year, UCLA undergraduate students who intend to major in the life sciences or physical sciences can now apply. Please see the Prospective Students tab to learn more about the criteria needed to apply. 

“The biggest changes I’ve seen in students who are selected to join the Pathways community is a heightened sense of awareness in their potential, reinforcement of their ability to contribute, the development of a sense of belonging, and increased self-confidence.”Dr. Tracy Johnson, HHMI Professor.

Additional Information about HHMI

This highly selective program is made possible by the generous support of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), which is committed to providing a world-class educational experience to emerging scientific leaders.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Additional Information about Dr. Tracy Johnson

Dr. Tracy Johnson developed the University of California, Los Angeles/Howard Hughes Medical Institute Pathways to Success program, a comprehensive strategy to provide students with an authentic research experience early in their academic careers while creating a rigorous, but supportive learning community. Dr. Johnson’s research is focused on understanding the mechanisms of gene regulation, particularly RNA processing and chromatin modification.

Dr. Tracy Johnson
Johnson Lab