Take an inside look at the Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative (LAMI) at New York University, with 2014 cohort Jovonna Jones (Emory University), Max Jacobs (Rutgers University) and Kenyetta Lowery (Edward Waters College), Erica Sterling (Emory University) and Emily Rogers (Sarah Lawrence College) along with Academic Coordinator and Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Jane Carr.
2015 LAMI Summer Research Program at the Humanities Initiative at NYU
Program Dates: May 31, 2015 – August 1, 2015
The Humanities Initiative at NYU is pleased to sponsor the 2015 NYU-LAMI Summer Research Program for undergraduates from historically underrepresented groups. This program, which runs from May 31- August 1 for 2015, prepares outstanding undergraduates for doctoral study in the humanities. Taking advantage of NYU’s position as a world-class interdisciplinary research university, the Humanities Initiative will host promising undergraduate students who will conduct research under the supervision of NYU faculty mentors in their fields of study within the humanities. Students will create original research projects with faculty support.
The online application opens on November 1, 2014 and the deadline for applications is February 1, 2015. Outstanding non-NYU undergraduate students are welcome to apply to the NYU LAMI program.
Faculty mentorship is a significant part of this program, and exposing students to our high caliber faculty is an integral part of their growth as future scholars. We are always looking for faculty who may be interested in participating. Faculty members in the humanities are welcome to email Gwynneth Malin, Director of the Humanities Initiative, for more information on how to get involved.
2013 Cohort Personal Perspectives
2013 Cohort Presentations
Elsa Hardy – “Cultures of Power: Harlem Children’s Zone and Poverty Intervention Efforts”
Aurora Llamas – “Extending Rawls: A Philosophical Approach to Socialized Inequality”
Veronica Rivera-Negron – “(De)Composing the Self: Embodied Imagery, Theatrical Space and Gender in the Performance of Teresa Hernandez”
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.