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LEAP Program

The purpose of the NUCLEUS LEAP (Leadership, Engagement, Academic, & Professional development) Program  is to encourage NUCLEUS students to take advantage of the information and opportunities available to them on UD’s campus. Through participation in workshops and events, as well as meeting with faculty and professional staff, students will strengthen academic success strategies, develop leadership skills, and prepare for the professional world.

Participants in LEAP will attend at least six events/meetings in the following categories: 

  • Leadership & Engagement
  • Academic Success
  • Professional Development

To successfully complete the LEAP Program, students must turn in a LEAP Portfolio, including an LEAP Event Tracking and Guidelines Sheet, an advisor approved 4-year academic plan and a 1-2 page paper reflecting on how the six LEAP events helped shape the student's leadership, academic and professional development. LEAP Portfolios are accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed at the conclusion of each semester (Fall & Spring). Students who have successfully completed the LEAP Program will be awarded a special pin during a LEAP Awards Ceremony held at the beginning of the term that follows. Students are encouraged to fasten these pins to their NUCLEUS Sashes worn to University Commencement. 

Students can participate in the LEAP Program up to four times, earning as many as four LEAP Pins (one per academic year). A student may complete the LEAP Program in one semester or take the full four years.

Suggested on-campus events and their categorization will be posted to a Google sheet, and updated weekly. Students may attend events outside of those suggested, but should have them approved by the LEAP coordinator, Carly Meluney.

For more detailed information about this program, please view the LEAP Brochureor contact Carly Meluney (  

Fox Chase Summer Research Program

 NUCLEUS has partnered with Fox Chase Cancer Center to offer our students the unique opportunity to participate in a 10-week paid, full-time summer research immersion program at Fox Chase Cancer Center.  Program participants gain hands-on, mentored experience in a research lab at Fox Chase Cancer Center, developing an appreciation for the relationship between basic and applied research, as well as for how research directly impacts the cancer patient during and after treatment. 

Housing for student researchers is provided, in addition to the stipend. 

Interested students are invited to learn more about this program by participating in a one-day visit to Fox Chase Cancer Center, which will include a meeting with graduate students and postdocs over lunch to discuss careers. 

NUCLEUS Student Success Summer Program

The NUCLEUS Student Success Summer Program offers the opportunity for a select number of incoming College of Arts and Sciences freshmen to take two college courses that will count toward their UD degree requirements during the second summer session, at no cost to the students.

If you are selected, the program will cover the entire cost for you to participate—including tuition, fees, textbooks and parking.

Requirements for participation:

  • Must live within commuting distance of UD (housing cannot be provided)
  • Must be available to attend classes Monday-Friday, during the second Summer Session
  • Must be an incoming College of Arts and Sciences Student
  • Must submit an application (application is open each May) 
  • If interested, please email
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