LAMI Program FAQ’s

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about NYU’s Leadership Alliance Summer Research Program.

Where do I apply?

You apply through the official LAMI page here. Applications are currently OPEN and will remain open until February 1, 2014.

How long is the program?

The 2014 program takes place over nine weeks from June – August.

How many students do you accept?

NYU’s Leadership Alliance Summer Research Program currently accepts four students, all supported through the Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative (LAMI).  This initiative specifically supports students interested in the humanities and social sciences.

How is NYU’s program different from other programs?

NYU’s program is different in several respects.  NYU is located in one of the most vibrant areas of New York City, and you will be living and conducting your research right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the Village.  The Humanities Initiative, NYU’s premier humanities institute, will host the program at its facilities at 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor, and will introduce students to the joys of conducting humanistic research with major scholars in the discipline.  Additionally, NYU is known for its commitment to interdisciplinary research, and we encourage an atmosphere of collaboration and cross-topic exploration.

NYU’s program is similar to all other Leadership Alliance programs in that you will be conducting an original research project and preparing to present at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium with your colleagues.

Who will be my mentor? Can I request a specific mentor?

Every student will be paired with a faculty mentor in his/her field of interest. We generally select our student scholars around the same time that we reach out to specific faculty members to assure that we can make the most appropriate match possible.  Therefore, we do not have a list potential mentors at this time, as many professors have not submitted their summer schedules and the application period does not close until February 1st.  We do make every effort to pair students with a professor working in closely relevant research areas.

Will the program provide housing, transportation, and food?

Transportation to and from the program site, as well as housing are covered by the program. You will be encouraged to use part of your stipend for the purchase of meals/food, though many of weekly program events will be catered.  We are located in an area with a range of good, inexpensive food from all cultures, and there are several major grocery stores where you may purchase food.

Where will I be living?

You will be living a single room in NYU’s Palladium dorm, situated in Union Square.  Union Square hosts a park, shops, grocery stores, and a movie theater, and is located next to major subway lines. You will be no more than a 10 minute walk from The Humanities Initiative and from NYU’s Bobst Library.

What facilities will I have access to?

You will have access to many of the facilities that a normal NYU student would have, including access to the Palladium gym, Bobst Library, and computer labs.

Will I have a place to work?

You will have a dedicated study/workspace at The Humanities Initiative, at 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor.  Additionally, there are study areas in Bobst Library.

Can I work on another project while I am a LAMI fellow?

It is unlikely that you would have time to conduct a separate research project while you are completing your Leadership Alliance project. You will be very busy with this project during the 9-week period. We expect you to dedicate your time at NYU to your Leadership Alliance project, though we do try and give participants as much time as possible to explore the city and have fun.

What types of activities will I be doing?

You will be required to attend weekly luncheons, research workshops, career development workshops, and a GRE prep course. Outside of your projects, we will schedule group outings such as tours, baseball games, and movies. We also encourage you to explore the city and interact with your fellow students.

The hallmark of the program is the completion of your research project, connecting with your faculty mentor and other scholars and students, and preparing for the Leadership Alliance National Symposium presentation.  At this presentation, which will take place at the end of July, you will present your research project to the Leadership Alliance community, including other summer participants, graduate student alumni, coordinators and mentors.

May I apply if I am a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow?

We encourage applications from MMUF fellows.  Your stipend support will come from your MMUF stipend, though our program will provide lodging and other support.  Please contact us directly for questions about how your MMUF research project and a Leadership Alliance research project would be accomplished.

How closely will you work with other LAMI groups in the area?

Each program runs independently of the others, though we do try and schedule a few events with Columbia University’s Leadership Alliance program. Additionally, we arrange for you to meet with other Leadership Alliance students in other East coast programs prior to the National Symposium in July.