Since 1992, the Leadership Alliance has encouraged students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities to pursue research careers in the academic, public and private sectors. The Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) provides undergraduates with training and mentoring in the principles underlying the conduct of research and prepares them to pursue competitive applications to graduate schools. The SR-EIP is a gateway to ongoing resources, mentoring and professional networks to support all participants along their chosen career path.
The SR-EIP is a rigorous research experience designed specifically for undergraduates interested in applying to PhD or MD-PhD programs. Students work for eight to ten weeks in the summer under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor at a participating Leadership Alliance institution. Through one-on-one collaborations, students gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation. All participants make oral or poster presentations of their research at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium. Students receive a stipend, and travel and housing expenses are covered by the host institution.
SR-EIP participants are engaged in scholarly research projects offered at 22 Leadership
Alliance member institutions. These programs also offer research seminars and workshops in professional development, as well as social and cultural activities. The institutions set high standards and offer outstanding, closely mentored research experiences in a broad range of academic disciplines that are indicated in the "Research Sites" section of this brochure. With one common application, students can apply for a research experience at up to three of the 22 research sites (see chart). Students should refer to each institution's website for specific information on research opportunities and program requirements before submitting their application.
Applicants must currently be enrolled full-time in an accredited public or private college or university in the U.S. or its territories, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. All applicants must:
- Be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better
- Demonstrate interest and potential to pursue graduate study toward a PhD or MD-PhD
- Have completed at least two semesters and have at least one semester remaining of their undergraduate education by the start of the summer program
- Be a U.S. citizen or have permanent resident status at the time of application