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Young Scholars

Since 1992, the Leadership Alliance has helped over 4,000 undergraduates from traditionally underrepresented groups in the sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities to pursue research careers in the academic, public and private sectors. Learn more about the Summer Research-Early Identification Program and the Leadership Alliance National Symposium.

"As a first generation student and immigrant, my family has always been supportive of my educational endeavors. But even if you have your family's encouragement, you don't necessarily have academic support. During my Leadership Alliance summer research experience I was surrounded by mentors who wanted to help and give their support. The excellent mentorship of the summer program and enriching research experience allowed me to continue on my research path. I hope one day to make a social contribution through my work."

Laura Puentes
Summer Research Participant, University of Central Florida Undergraduate