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. 

Who is Eligible

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

  • 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.
  • 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.

*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.

Student Looking Through Microscope

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.
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.

AbbVie

Location: Worcester, MA

Dates: TBD
Contact: Lauren Cotnoir

lauren.cotnoir@abbvie.com

Research: Bioengineering, Life Sciences
Participants: RISING SENIORS ONLY

Students must apply on AbbVie's job board in addition to completing the SR-EIP application. There are two positions students can apply for, links to the job board will be posted when they are available. You do not need to indicate which position you are applying for in your SR-EIP application.

2024 Drug Discovery Science & Technology Intern: The Research Intern will work in the Genetic Medicine and External Partnerships group at the Biotherapeutics and Genetic Medicine Department to provide in vitro assay support for early exploratory and pipeline projects.

2024 Genetic Medicine & External Partnership (GMEP) Intern: The Genetic Medicine Biology group within GMEP plays a key role in genetic medicine drug discovery for a variety of disease areas including Neurology, Immunology, and Oncology. Under supervision of a principal research scientist in the group, the Intern will focus on developing and applying a robust platform to enhance these GT programs, particularly in streamlining workflows for biodistribution studies at the gene and protein level. This will involve analyzing serum, CSF, and brain tissue samples from various in vivo efficacy and PK studies. Additionally, the Intern will assist in other key projects such as APTA monoclonal antibody backup and biparatopic projects. This includes tasks like antibody characterization and tau antigen validation. This internship offers a unique opportunity to contribute to research and drug discovery in genetic medicine, providing a comprehensive learning experience in this innovative field.


Notification: begins March 1

Brown University

Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island


Dates: June 3 - August 2, 2024
Contact: Samantha Andersen
 samantha_andersen@Brown.edu
 

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


Research: Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences/Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Participants: Rising Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
 

Research: Computer Science (Note - students applying for the computer science SR-EIP at Brown must complete NSF application  [https://aireu.cs.brown.edu/] IN ADDITON TO the SR-EIP application)
Participants: Rising Juniors and Seniors

Research: Computational Neuroscience

Participants: Rising Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
 

Previous research preferred, not required.


Notification: begins before March 1

 

Caltech

Dates: June 18 – August 23, 2024

Contact: Carol Casey, casey@caltech.edu, 626-395-2885

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

Rising sophomores, rising juniors, and rising seniors considered for all areas. 

“Previous research preferred, not required.”

Notification begins before March 1

 

Columbia Business School

Dates: June 1-July 28, 2023

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

 

Dates: June 3 - August 3, 2024

Contact:

Afiya Wilson
Assistant Director of Academic Diversity and Inclusion

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.


Notifications will be sent no earlier than March 15

Cornell University

Cornell University
Molecular Biology & Genetics
Ithaca, New York

Dates: June 3 - August 9, 2024
Contact: Kelly Liu

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: Mid-June to Mid-August
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, Summer Research Opportunities at Harvard (SROH); Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

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

Dates: June 3 - August 10, 2024
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, Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program (SHURP); Division of Medical Sciences

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

Dates: May 28 - August 3, 2024

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. An upper level biology course with some exposure to molecular biology is helpful but not required.


Notification: before March 1

Howard University

Howard University
Washington, DC

Dates: 2024 Dates 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 2024

Johns Hopkins University

Bloomberg School of Public Health
Contact: Mahnoor Ahmed

 

 

School of Medicine
Contact: Kristina Nance
 

 

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Contact: Jennifer Wester (jwester@jhu.edu)

 

 

Mellon Humanities Collaboratory

Program Dates: May 20 - July 28, 2024

Research: Humanities

Participants: Community college students (all years)

Previous research not required.

 

 

Notification: begins in February

 

 

Bloomberg School of Public Health

Program Dates:  June 2 - July 28, 2024
Research: Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences
Participants: Rising Juniors & Seniors
Previous research not required.

 

 

School of Medicine - Non-clinical, research programs

Program Dates: May 26 - August 3, 2024
Research: Engineering, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences
Participants: Rising Juniors & Seniors
Previous research not required.

 

 

Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Program Dates: May 20 - July 28, 2024

Research: Humanities and Social Sciences

Participants: Rising Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors

Previous research not required

Montana State University

Montana State University
Bozeman, Montana


Contact: Amy Roach

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


Previous research preferred, not required.

 

NYU School of Medicine

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

Dates: June 2 - August 3, 2024
Contact: Susanne Tranguch

Email: susanne.tranguch@nyulangone.org

Research: Life Sciences
Participants: Rising Juniors & Seniors


Previous summer or campus research required. 


Notification: begins by March 1

Princeton University

Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey


Princeton Neuroscience Institute

Dates: June 3 - August 2, 2024
Contact: Gabby Xu
gabby.happy@princeton.edu


Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Chemistry
Date: June 3 - August 2, 2024
Contact: Susan VanderKam

skillian@princeton.edu

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

Please fill out this simple Google form with the names of three faculty members you would like to work with if you rank the Princeton Neuroscience Institute on your SR-EIP application.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Chemistry
Research: Physical Sciences, Life Sciences
Participants: Rising Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Previous research not required.
Notification: begins in March

Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability

Stanford University
Doerr School of Sustainability
SURGE: Sustainability Undergraduate Research in Geoscience and Engineering
Stanford, California


Date: 2024 Dates TBD
Contact: Lupe Carrillo

Research: Physical Sciences
Participants: Rising Juniors & Seniors

Stanford School of Engineering

Stanford University
School of Engineering
Stanford, California

Dates: June 22 - August 17, 2024
Contact: Luz Jiménez Ruvalcaba, PhD
 

Research: Applied Mathematics, Engineering

 

Optional Personal History Statement and SURF 2024 Lab Ranking: Please note applicants should email SURF-PROGRAM@STANFORD.EDU with the following subject line: LastName-FirstName-Personal History Statement and Lab Ranking. The email should contain PDF attachments of two documents:

  1. Optional (strongly encouraged) Personal History Statement and 
  2. Ranked top 3 SURF labs

Optional Personal History Statement: Stanford University is dedicated to advancing opportunity; to being a home for students from a broad range of backgrounds, interests, and experiences; and to doing the work of learning, researching, and partnering with others that will help make progress on the many pressing challenges in our world. SURF aims to create a cohort of future graduate students who can promote diversity of thought and experience within the engineering and science student body. For the optional personal history statement, we invite you to share unique, personally important experiences, demonstrated values, perspectives, or activities that have led you to this point in your academic/professional journey. Please discuss how they have influenced your path in school, inform your approach to science and research, and/or serve as motivation for pursuing your chosen field in engineering. 1000 words max.

 

SURF 2024 Lab Ranking: Please rank the three 2024 SURF labs where you would most like to intern. See list of 2024 SURF labs here. You choices should be listed as follows:

  1. Top choice - First and last name of faculty member
  2. Second choice - First and last name of faculty member
  3. Third choice - First and last name of faculty member
Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences

Stanford University
School of Humanities and Sciences
Stanford, California

Date: June 24 - August 17, 2024
Contact: Joseph Brown

Research:  Humanities, Mathematics and Statistics, Physical Sciences (Physics and Chemistry), Psychology, Social Sciences, Communications. 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

Dates: 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

Dates: TBD
Contact: Ashon Bradford

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

Dates: June 10 - August 9, 2024
Contact: Victoria Flores

vflores@uchicago.edu

Research: Divinity, Molecular Engineering, Humanities, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences
Participants: Rising Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors


Notification: begins by March 15. All offers will be communicated by April 15.

University of Colorado Boulder

University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, Colorado

Dates: June 10 - August 9, 2024
Contact:

Christina Alston 
or Amahl Turczyn 

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


Previous research not required, varies by lab. Sufficient coursework in area of academic interest required. 


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

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

No 2024 Program 

University of Miami

University of Miami
Coral Gables, Florida

Dates: May 20 – July 25, 2024

Research Area: Biomedical Sciences

Eligible Participants: Rising Sophomores, Rising Juniors, Rising Seniors

Previous Research: Preferred, but not required

 

Acceptance Notification Begins: Mid-March (by March 15th)

 

University of Pennsylvania Arts & Sciences

Graduate Division of Arts and Sciences
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dates: June 3 - July 30, 2024
Contact: Patricia Rea

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


Notification: begins March 1

University of Pennsylvania Biomedical Sciences

University of Pennsylvania
Perelman School of Medicine

IDEAL Research Biomedical Sciences

Summer Undergraduate Internship Program
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Dates: June 3 - August 16, 2024

Program Co-Directors: Donita Brady, PhD and Paul Titchenell, PhDEmail Contacts: IDEAL_Research@pennmedicine.upenn.edubradyd@pennmedicine.upenn.eduptitc@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Research: Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics; Cancer Biology; Cell Physiology & Metabolism; Genetics & Epigenetics; Gene Therapy & Vaccines; Developmental, Stem Cell, & Regenerative Biology; Microbiology Virology & Parasitology; Genomics & Computational Biology; Epidemiology & Biostatistics; Immunology; Neuroscience; Pharmacology
Participants: Primarily Rising Juniors & Seniors


Notification: begins February 15, 2024


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

University of Pennsylvania Engineering

Title of program: Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

Contact person/program email address: Dr. Ashley Wallace, Ph.D.; outreach@lrsm.upenn.edu

Program Dates: May 28 - August 2, 2024

Research: Material science, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, life sciences (biochemistry, biophysics, microbiology, immunology, virology, etc.), engineering

Participants: Rising seniors, juniors, sophomores (Note: seniors graduating after the conclusion of the program are also eligible to apply). Previous research not required.

Notification: Begins February 2024

University of Pennsylvania The Wharton School

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

Date: June 5, 2023 - August 11, 2023
Contact: Bernadette Butler
butlerb@wharton.upenn.edu
 

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


Notification: begins March 1

University of Virginia

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia
 

Dates: June 2 - July 30, 2024 (subject to change)
 

Institutional Coordinator: Jasmine D. Crenshaw, Ph.D.
 

Institutional Coordinator phone: 434-297-6918
 

University Office:  Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, Diversity Programs

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.

 

University of Virginia, School of Medicine

University of Virginia, School of Medicine - Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

Summer Research Internship Program (SRIP)

Charlottesville, Virginia

Dates: Sunday, May 26 - Friday, August 2, 2024

SRIP Administrator Contact: Johnice Brown

SRIP Program Phone: 434-924-1757

SRIP Program Email: srip@virginia.edu

Participants: Rising Juniors & Seniors

Previous research not required.


Research: Life Sciences

Positive references from mentors of previous research experiences are helpful.

 

External application needed in addition to The Leadership Alliance SR-EIP application. Visit the website and register for the SRIP Admissions Newsletter to receive information about the application and admissions process and upcoming virtual information sessions.

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee
College of Arts and Science


Date: June 3 - August 4, 2024
Contact: Dr. Steven Townsend
steven.d.townsend@vanderbilt.edu


Summer Program Coordinator Contact: Tyler Kowalski
tyler.j.Kowalski@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: June - Early August

Contact: Dr. Roxana Mesias

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


Notification: begins in early March

Weill Cornell Medical College: Gateways Lab

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

Dates: June 3 - August 9, 2024

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


Dates: June 3 - July 29, 2024
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.

How to Apply

We look forward to your application to The Leadership Alliance 2024 Summer Research-Early Identification Program. Beginning November 1, 2023, 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, 2024 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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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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