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About Bulls L.E.A.D. (Leadership Empowerment for Action and Discovery)

Bulls L.E.A.D. is a people-focused, technical leadership initiative for engineering students fostered by the COE Dean's Office consisting of two steps:

Bulls L.E.A.D. is rooted in self-initiative. The program promotes a leadership model reflecting how effective leadership begins with self-awareness and leading one's self, then
progressing beyond this initial context, Bulls L.E.A.D. addresses the importance of leading people and ultimately, leading the development and growth of an organization that inspires innovation and develops new technology.
Bulls L.E.A.D. will

Prepare engineering student leaders to think and lead as they work to solve challenges through life-enhancing, technical innovations, sharpen critical competencies such as self-confidence and selflessness, courage to take risks, and integrity in order to do what is best in the context of people-centered leadership, and become a transformational model that develops engineering leaders who will make the right kind of difference by focusing on people—the world's most precious raw material.

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Program Benefits

  • Leadership Certification to include on resume.
  • Access to leadership coaching sessions
  • Opportunity to connect with industry mentors.
  • Participation in high-impact leadership events
  • Free of cost to students

Goals and Objectives

Bulls L.E.A.D. transforms engineering leadership by instilling the ultimate imperative of putting people first when it comes to technology development.

The objectives are:

  • Educate and develop the leadership character of engineering student leaders that will lead teams in solving problems
  • Nurture the self-initiative of students determined to shape their professional development as each personally designs — and implements — an individual portfolio/plan for sharpening critical leadership competencies
  • Align engineering student leadership with the COE Strategic Plan 2025 

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Application and Selection Process:

Criteria: Applicant must be a full-time engineering student (includes Engineering General, pre–engineering, and admitted to discipline) and classified as either a second- or third-year student. At the moment of applying, applicants must have at least two (2) academic years (Fall/Spring, Fall/Spring) remaining as undergraduate students. In addition, the applicant must have a USF GPA of 3.5 or higher. Any interested students who do not meet the minimum criteria but have demonstrated exceptional leadership skills are encouraged to contact the program director for consideration.

Requirements while in the program: Once admitted into the program, the student must remained register for at least 12 credits and maintain a 3.30 GPA. Demonstrating an active participation (e.g., attendance, activity engagement) during the program is also required.

Application Process:  

  • Students must submit the documents listed below by clicking “Apply Online”. As the final admission step, selected applicants must participate in a panel interview.
  • Deadline: Friday, June 14th by 11:59pm

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1. Essay: Applicants must address the following questions or areas in no more than two pages (single spaced, 12 pt font, 1" margins). The use of artificial intelligence to complete essays is strictly prohibited and will result in an automatic rejection.

  • What type of leader do you aspire to be?
  • How would you characterize your leadership strengths and weaknesses? Provide examples.
  • Describe your most significant transformational experience.
  • What are 1-3 things you want to achieve by being part of the Bulls LEAD Program?
  • Where do you see yourself after graduation?
  • Close with any final thoughts that the selection committee should consider when reviewing your application.

2. Resume: Be sure to list any extracurricular activities, student organizations, previous leadership programs, community service and work experience. Tell us about any offices held, length in that role, and duties completed while participating in each activity. Also, include any distinctions, honors, and awards.

3. Letter of Recommendation: The recommendation may be from faculty, staff, former/current employer, or alumni/current Bulls LEAD student. The following questions must be address in the letter:

  • How long have you known the applicant and in what capacity?
  • What impact do you hope this program will have upon the applicant?
  • Please assess the applicant's strength and development needs. 

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