Leadership Alliance Programs at the University of Chicago

Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP)

The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) at the University of Chicago offers research opportunities in the biological sciences, the physical sciences, and applied mathematics, humanities and social sciences. Students participating in the program at Chicago will interact with faculty, research associates, and students that work in a highly collaborative environment.

Upon acceptance into the program, students will be matched with a faculty/research mentor based largely on research interests and goals.  Over the 9 week summer program here at the University of Chicago, students will work closely with their mentors and laboratory colleagues to develop an independent research project. Students will participate in all phases of the research investigation, including experimental design and development, data collection, analysis and interpretation, and communication of results. As they progress through the program, students will write a research proposal and final paper reporting their results.  They will also give an oral/poster presentation at both the Leadership Alliance Symposium and the University of Chicago Summer Session Symposium.  Alongside their research experience, students will also participate in workshops, seminars, and journal clubs where they will interact with fellow SR-EIP participants, graduate students, faculty members and research associates and engage in discussions related to several facets of academic research and graduate training.  A primary goal of SR-EIP centers on motivating students to pursue graduate level training by fostering  an appreciation for the scientific process and the collaborative interactions that are key to scientific progress in the academic research environment.

Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative (LAMI)

The Leadership Alliance Mellon Initiative is part of the SR-EIP program, and funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  The LAMI program is geared towards providing undergraduate summer experiences to students in the humanities and social sciences.  This program is open to students from any institution in the country and provides a stipend.  It also sponsors special workshops, seminars or training in research methods to help students understand the research methodology of the humanities and social sciences.