Summer Research Early Identification Program

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Summer Research - Early Identification Program

 

The Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) is a fully paid summer internship that provides undergraduates with training and mentoring in the principles underlying the conduct of research and prepares them to pursue competitive applications to PhD or MD-PhD programs. 

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The SR-EIP offers closely mentored research experiences in the life and physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and the humanities at 20 research institutions across the country. SR-EIP Participants...

  • Spend 8–10 weeks at a Leadership Alliance institution.
  • Receive a stipend, and travel and housing expenses from the research institution.
  • Work under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor.
  • Gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation.
  • Make oral or poster presentations at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium.
  • Gain access to ongoing resources, mentoring, and professional networks to support your career path as a part of the Leadership Alliance community.
  • Receive professional development mentoring on applying to graduate programs and learn about research careers from alumni.
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Overview of the SR-EIP Application
Who is Eligible

To participate in the Summer Research Early Identification Program you must:

  • Be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited public or private college or university in the United States or its territories, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Demonstrate a committed interest 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 documented U.S. citizen or non-citizen national, or permanent resident in possession of an alien registration receipt card (I-551) or another legal document of such status at the time of application. International citizens studying in the United States with an F-1 Visa are not eligible for the SR-EIP. Individuals seeking asylum or refugees are not eligible.

*Note: The Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) is not designed for students pursuing professional training for careers in the practice of law, business administration, clinical medicine, or the allied health professions.

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How to Apply

We look forward to your application to The Leadership Alliance 2021 Summer Research-Early Identification Program. Beginning November 1, 2020, apply online. Read the Application Instructions and FAQs.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the entire application package, including two letters of recommendation and official transcript(s), is received by the February 1, 2021 deadline.

The Leadership Alliance programs encourage diversity to further its goal of preparing young scholars from underrepresented and underserved populations for graduate training and are not exclusionary on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national and ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

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Doctoral Scholar Alumni Share Their Stories of SR-EIP

The SR-EIP is an enriching, in-depth, comprehensive program for any student who is interested in pursuing a PhD in a STEM, Humanities, or Social Science field. Watch and listen as our Doctoral Scholar alumni describe their personal SR-EIP experience.

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First Year Research Experience
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The First Year Research Program provides research opportunities for students who have just completed their first year at one of our minority-serving partner institutions. Students who are recommended for the (FYRE) program by faculty mentors are eligible to apply.

 

To learn more contact William_Wittels@Brown.edu.

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The Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative

The Mellon Initiative program is for undergraduates interested in pursuing doctoral study in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The program offers:

  • Be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited public or private college or university in the United States or its territories, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Demonstrate a committed interest 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 documented U.S. citizen or non-citizen national, or permanent resident in possession of an alien registration receipt card (I-551) or another legal document of such status at the time of application. International citizens studying in the United States with an F-1 Visa are not eligible for the SR-EIP. Individuals seeking asylum or refugees are not eligible.
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Research Sites

With one application you can apply for a research experience at three summer research sites. Review the list below to visit each institution’s website for specific information on opportunities available and program requirements.

Brown University

Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island

Date: TBD
Contact: Samantha Andersen
Samantha_Andersen@Brown.edu
401-863-7994

Research: Engineering, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences
Participants: Primarily Rising Juniors & Seniors, some Rising Sophomores


Research: Humanities and Social Sciences
Participants: Rising Juniors & Seniors


Research: Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences
Participants: Rising Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
 

Research: Interdisciplinary Environmental and Social Sciences
Participants: Rising Juniors and Seniors
 

Previous research preferred, not required.


Notification: begins before March 1

 

Columbia Business School

Contact info:
Khaled N. Hamdy, PhD
Director, Research and Planning
Columbia Business School
T. 212-851-9570

Research Interests:  Applied Mathematics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Physical Sciences, Psychology and Social Sciences
Rising juniors and seniors preferred
Prior research experiences preferred but not required
Notification begins mid-February

Columbia University

Date: TBD

Contact:

Assoc. Dean Celina Chatman Nelson,
chatman.nelson@columbia.edu

Afiya Wilson
Student Affairs Officer - Academic Diversity

Research: Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Psychology, Social Sciences
Participants: Rising Juniors & Seniors


Previous research preferred, not required; Coursework in proposed area of research required.


Notification: begins before March 1

Cornell University

Cornell University
Molecular Biology & Genetics
Ithaca, New York


Date: TBD
Contact: Volker M. Vogt

Research: Life Sciences
Participants: Rising Juniors preferred but not required


Minimum course requirements for applicants are:
Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Biochemistry - coursework required.
Genetics/Genomics, Development - some exposure required.


Notification: begins February 15

Dartmouth College

Dartmouth College
Hanover, New Hampshire


Date: TBD
Contact: Jane Seibel

Research: Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Psychology
Participants: Rising Sophomores & Juniors


Previous research preferred, not required.


Notification: begins before March 1

Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Harvard University
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
SROH: Summer Research Opportunities at Harvard Program
Cambridge, Massachusetts


Date: TBD
Contact: Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Research: Applied Math - only Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, Humanities, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Psychology, Social Sciences
Participants: Primarily Rising Juniors & Seniors

Harvard University, Division of Medical Sciences

Harvard University
Division of Medical Sciences
SHURP: Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program
Boston, Massachusetts

Date: TBD

Research: Life Sciences, some Physical Sciences, Engineering - only Bioengineering, Applied Math - only Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
Participants: Primarily Rising Juniors & Seniors


Previous research experience required: at least one summer or semester of independent lab research. At least one upper-level biology course that includes molecular biology. Strong grades in recent science courses expected.


Notification: before March 1

Howard University

Howard University
Washington, DC


Date: TBD
Contact: Dexter Lee

Research: Engineering, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences --
Cardiovascular Physiology, Epigenetics, HIV, Hypertension, Motivated Behaviors, Nanomaterials, Neuroscience, Prostate Cancer
Participants: Rising Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors


Notification: April 1 - April 29

Johns Hopkins University

Bloomberg School of Public Health
Research: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences
Participants: Rising Juniors & Seniors
Previous research not required.


Krieger School of Arts & Sciences
Research: Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Psychology, Social Sciences
Participants: Rising Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Previous research not required.

 

Whiting School of Engineering 
Research: Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering
Previous research preferred, not required.


School of Medicine - Non-clinical, research programs
Research: Engineering, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences
Participants: Rising Juniors & Seniors
Previous research not required.

Montana State University

Montana State University
Bozeman, Montana


Date: TBD
Contact: Amy Roach

Research: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences
Participants: Rising Sophomores & Juniors


Previous research preferred, not required.


Notification: begins before March 1

NYU School of Medicine

NYU School of Medicine
Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
SURP: Summer Undergraduate Research Program
New York City


Date: TBD
Contact: Naoko Tanese

Research: Life Sciences
Participants: Rising Juniors & Seniors


Previous summer or campus research required. Introductory courses in Biology & Chemistry required.


Notification: begins by February 15

Princeton University

Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey


Princeton Neuroscience Institute
Date: TBD
Contact: Ed Clayton
ec12@princeton.edu


SURP in Molecular and Quantitative & Computational Biology
Date: TBD
Contact: Vanessa Gonzalez-Perez
vanessagp@princeton.edu

 

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Chemistry
Date: TBD
Contact: Susan VanderKam
surpdc@princeton.edu

Princeton Neuroscience Institute
Research: Life Sciences
Participants: Rising Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Previous research not required.
Notification: begins in March
 

 

Molecular and Quantitative & Computational Biology
Research: Life Sciences
Participants: Rising Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Previous research not required.
Notification: begins in March
 

 

SURP for Diversity in Chemistry
Research: Physical Sciences
Participants: Rising Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Previous research not required.
Notification: begins in March

Stanford School of EEES

Stanford University
School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences
SURGE: Summer Undergraduate Research in Geoscience and Engineering
Stanford, California


Date: TBD
Contact: Lupe Carrillo

Research: Physical Sciences
Participants: Rising Juniors & Seniors

Stanford School of Engineering

Stanford University
School of Engineering
Stanford, California


Date: TBD
Contact: Ngoc Tran
 

Research: Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering

Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences

Stanford University
School of Humanities and Sciences
Stanford, California


Date: TBD
Contact: Joseph Brown

Research:  Humanities, Mathematics and Statistics, Physical Sciences (Physics and Chemistry), Psychology, Social Sciences. To apply for the Department of Statistics, select Mathematics.
Participants: Rising Juniors & Seniors


Previous research preferred, not required.


Notification: begins by March 1

Tufts University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Tufts University
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences
Boston, Massachusetts


Date: TBD
Contact: Jamie Maguire

Research: Life Sciences
Participants: Rising Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors


Previous research recommended, not required. Course requirements: some science and/or math.


Notification: begins before May 1

Tufts University

Tufts University
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Medford, Massachusetts


Date: TBD
Contact: Jacqueline Dejean

Research: Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences
Participants: Rising Juniors & Seniors preferred


Previous research experience not required.


Notification: begins April 1

University of Chicago

University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois


Date: June 14 - August 14
Contact: Victoria Flores

Research: Applied Mathematics, Biophysics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Divinity, Engineering, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Psychology, Statistics, Social Science
Participants: Rising Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors


Previous research not required. Minimum course requirements for applicants are:
Biology - General Biology (one year), General Chemistry preferred and Calculus are helpful.
Physics - General Physics (one year) and Math (one year).
Mathematics - Calculus (one year).
Geophysics/Climate Dynamics - Physics (one year) and Math (one year). For students interested in environmental/earth science and its applications.


Notification: begins by March 15

University of Colorado Boulder

University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, Colorado


Date: TBD
Contact: Barbara Kraus at 303-492-5779
or Amahl Scheppach at 303-492-4607

Research: Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences
Participants: Rising Juniors & Seniors


Previous research not required, varies by lab. Sufficient coursework in area of academic interest required. Psychology research limited to Neuroscience and Behavioral Genetics; Biology credits required.


Notification: in March and April
Dates adjusted for students attending schools on the quarter system

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Baltimore, Maryland


Date: TBD
Contact: Justine Johnson

Research: Computer Science, Engineering, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences (Chemistry and Biochemistry), Psychology
Participants: Rising Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors


Previous research not required.


Notification: begins by April 1

University of Miami

University of Miami
Coral Gables, Florida


Date: TBD
Contact: Michael S. Gaines

Research: (focus in Biomedicine) Life Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, Physical Sciences
Participants: Rising Juniors & Seniors


Previous research not required. Minimum course requirements: General Biology (one year) & General Chemistry (one year).


Notification: begins March 1

University of Pennsylvania Arts & Sciences

Graduate Division of Arts and Sciences
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Date: TBD
Contact: Patricia Rea

Research: Humanities, Social Sciences
Participants: Rising Juniors & Seniors


Notification: begins March 1

University of Pennsylvania Biomedical Graduate Studies

University of Pennsylvania
Biomedical Graduate Studies
SUIP: Summer Undergraduate Internship Program
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Date: TBD
Contact: Arnaldo Diaz

Research: Computer Science, Engineering, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Psychology
Participants: Primarily Rising Juniors & Seniors


Notification: begins February 15


Previous research preferred, not required. Minimum course requirements for applicants are:
Biomedical - Intro Biology & Chemistry

University of Pennsylvania The Wharton School

University of Pennsylvania
The Wharton School
Undergraduate & Doctoral Divisions
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Date: TBD
Contact: Maggie Saia
msaia@wharton.upenn.edu
215-898-0285
Contact: Utsav Schurmans

Research: Applied Mathematics, Psychology, Social Sciences
Participants: Rising Juniors & Seniors


Notification: begins March 1

University of Virginia

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia


Date: TBD
Contact: Jasmine Crenshaw

School of Medicine
Graduate Programs Office
Summer Research Internship Program
Dates: TBD
Contact: SRIP Administrator
434-924-1757

 

Participants: Rising Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Previous research not required.
Notification: begins before April 1


Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative
Research: Humanities, Social Sciences

 

School of Engineering and Applied Science
Research: Engineering
Candidates may have limited access to previous research experiences.


Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Research: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences
Candidates may have limited access to previous research experiences.


School of Medicine

Research: Life Sciences
Positive references from mentors of previous research experiences are helpful.

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee
College of Arts and Science


Date: TBD
Contact: Don Brunson
don.c.brunson@vanderbilt.edu
615-343-2573

Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy
Date: TBD
Contact: Elizabeth Bowman
elizabeth.a.bowman@vanderbilt.edu
or Christina Williams
christina.k.williams@vanderbilt.edu

Research: Computer Science, Engineering, Humanities, Mathematics, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Psychology, Social Sciences
 

Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy: Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Participants: Rising Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors


Previous research not required.


Notification: begins by March 15

Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences

Weill Cornell Graduate School
Access: Advancing Cornell Career Experiences for Science Students
New York, NY


Date: TBD

Contact: Marcus Lambert

Research: Life Sciences (PhD preparation), Computational Biology
Participants: Rising Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors


Notification: begins by March 15

Weill Cornell Medical College: Gateways Lab

Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program
Weill Cornell Medical College: Gateways to the Laboratory
New York City


Date: TBD

Contact: Catharine Boothroyd

Research: Life Sciences (MD-PhD preparation)
Participants: Rising Sophomores & Juniors (no Rising Seniors)


Previous research experience is preferred.


Notification: begins by March 15

Yale University

Yale University
SURF: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
New Haven, Connecticut


Date: TBD
Contact: Michelle Nearon

Research: Applied Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Psychology, Social Sciences
Participants: Rising Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors


Previous research not required.

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