Program Overview

The UCLA-HHMI Pathways to Success Program is an opportunity for first-year undergraduates to participate in cutting-edge biological research and be part of a rigorous academic support community as they matriculate through UCLA. Students who actively participate in the program:

– Receive hands-on research experience during their first year,

– Participate in collaborative academic learning workshops to help them perform better in lower-division science courses,

– Develop strong and meaningful relationships with faculty and graduate students through mentorship,

– Obtain opportunities to apply to research scholarships and other research programs, and

– Become a part of a tight-knit science community.


Acceptance into the program is based on submission of the Pathways application and an interview.
(See the Prospective Students tab for application instructions.)


Additional Information about Program Director, 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.