Student Spotlight: Malcolm Thomas, Junior, Political Science/Economics Major, College of Arts & Sciences (COAS) Honors Program
UC Davis Summer Research Engagement Experience: Program Information
Application Deadline: November 1st
Malcolm Thomas is a Junior Political Science and Economics Major from Lakeland, Florida. This past summer Malcolm had the opportunity to participate in the UC Davis Summer Research Engagement Experience. At UC Davis, he worked with a faculty member on research concerning the shortage of attorneys in rural areas. He was also able to devise his own research project that focused on identifying the education disparities experienced by minorities living in rural areas. In addition to this valuable research experience, Malcolm was able to attend several professional developmental workshops, attend different events with professionals in his field, and even visit UC Berkeley. Malcolm expressed, “I left UC Davis with a much better understanding of not just getting in to graduate school, but how to effectively navigate within that space. I also got the chance to have fun with the colleagues in my cohort and expand my network with esteemed faculty members from both UC Davis and Berkeley”.
In order to get in the program, Malcolm recommends starting the application process early. He obtained both of his recommendations long before the application was due. He also made sure to get his essay proof-read by three different sources to ensure that he articulated himself in the most concise and impactful way possible. If you are interested in earning a Ph.D. in the future or simply want to see if research is for you, the UC Davis Summer Research Engagement Experience may be the right summer enrichment program for you!