The Leadership Alliance is closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak. Our top priority is the health, safety, and well-being of our community. This is a fluid and dynamic situation with many interdependencies and constituent groups, and we are therefore weighing all options in the interest of our students and campus partners. The Leadership Alliance will maintain focus on that priority as it considers the impact of COVID-19 on the Summer Research - Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) across its sites. Irrespective of the outcome, the Leadership Alliance remains committed to your academic and professional development. Updates will be communicated to accepted students after April 8 via email, and will also be posted to this webpage.
Leadership Alliance programs foster intellectual and professional growth along every stage of the academic and career path. Opportunities for training and mentoring begin with undergraduates during the academic year with our Academic Year Workshop program, through which students are exposed to research careers, opportunities for research experiences, and the core skills for forming collaborative learning groups. Opportunities continue during the summer with the First-Year Research Experience (FYRE) program, which enables first-year students from our member minority-serving institutions to conduct research during the Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP). All other first-years, as well as rising juniors and seniors, are encouraged to apply to the SR-EIP, which is open to students in all disciplines enrolled at all U.S. colleges and universities. SR-EIP participants present their research at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium (LANS). For graduate students, postdocs, junior faculty and Leadership Alliance Doctoral Scholars, LANS is an opportunity for further mentoring and professional development. In the Career Development Workshop and Grant Writing Coaching Groups, they build skills and meet mentors that help bring a truly diverse and representative research workforce into being. Doctoral Scholars, faculty, and administrators remain engaged through our Speaker Series where they share their stories of becoming researchers and of transforming the research workforce.