Clyde Woods Scholars

The Clyde Woods Scholars program has merged into the Black Student Engagement Program and the INT 95 course series.


“My dad and I used to have these long, seemingly unending conversations about politics, history, music and religion, even when I was a child…A few key principals always guided our conversations: respect the subject, seek the truth, and be mindful of the implications and ramifications of your conclusions.  By passing this philosophy to his countless students, my father was able to inspire a generation of critical thinkers all of whom are now deeply capable of discovering new truths and articulating them to the rest of the world.”
--Malik Woods, son of Clyde Woods

Engaged Scholarship and Mentorship

The Woods Scholar Program provides undergraduate students with academic opportunities that integrate the work of campus departments and faculty in research and mentoring to prepare students for graduate or professional school admission.

Strengthening student academic skills, fostering interest in original research and preparing to enter graduate school as skilled professionals and emerging leaders in their field of academic expertise are at the core of the Woods Scholars Program.  Named to honor Dr. Clyde Woods, the Woods Scholars Program encourages undergraduate students to explore the university research environment. The Program provides academic opportunities for a community of scholars with the support of faculty and graduate student mentors.

The Woods Scholars Program consists of weekly seminars and student-generated research, as well as attendance and participation in weekly seminars and campus events.  Using a mentorship model that will pair undergraduates with faculty and graduate student mentors as well as providing student-student mentoring, Woods Scholars will form a community of scholars, supporting one another in their scholarly endeavors. 

As Woods Scholars, students enroll in writing and mathematics courses. Students also attend academic skills workshops and develop a relationship with Campus Learning Assistance Services (CLAS) tutors. Weekly seminars build supportive relationships between scholars and guest speakers help students to develop professional skills. Increase student awareness of academic opportunities

  • Offer encouragement and motivation toward graduate school admission
  • Contribute to student retention
  • Increase a student’s sense of belonging to a community of scholars, leaders and citizens at UCSB
  • Advance the development of student academic skills in scholarly research 

Quote from Malik Woods in Black California Dreamin’ The Crises of California’s African-American Communities Edited by Ingrid Banks, Gaye Johnson, George Lipsitz, Ula Taylor, Daniel Widner, and Clyde Woods.