About the Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program
The Leadership Alliance is an academic consortium of 32 institutions of higher learning, including leading research and teaching colleges and universities. Founded in 1982, the Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) is designed to encourage students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, social sciences and humanities to consider research careers in the academic, public or private sectors. The SR-EIP offers undergraduates, interested in pursuing a PhD or MD-PhD, the opportunity to work for eight to ten weeks under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor at a participating Alliance institution. Through this one-on-one collaboration, students gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation. In 2008, the Leadership Alliance received funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in order to support those students interested in fields related to the humanities and humanistic social sciences. This program, called the Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative (LAMI), supports fellows at 11 institutions across the nation. The goal of the program is to increase the presence of individuals from underrepresented groups among the faculties of U.S. colleges and universities.
LAMI Summer Research Program at the Humanities Initiative at NYU
Students will work with their faculty mentors to decide on an appropriate project topic and format, and all students will present their work at an academic symposium. The final deliverable is a research paper of approximately 15 pages, not including bibliographic references. In addition to conducting research in their chosen fields, students will participate in weekly lunch meetings, talks by distinguished scholars, workshops to improve your presentation, research, and writing skills, cultural outings, and intensive GRE/graduate school application preparation.
The Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative consists of four (4) components:
- Mentoring: LAMI Scholars are paired with a faculty mentor, with whom they are expected to meet regularly during the 9-week program to complete a scholarly research project.
- Research: Students are expected to engage in individual, faculty-guided research for the summer.
- Engagement in an intellectual culture: Scholars attend meetings during which they present their research, exchange ideas, and discuss topics related to academic life and preparation for graduate school in humanistic disciplines.
- Financial Support: LAMI Fellows receive a summer stipend to support their research.