Program Details

Tentative Dates: The SR-EIP at the University of Chicago for the Summer of 2018 is a nine-week program running from Monday, June 11, 2018 through Saturday, August 11, 2018. Participants are expected to move in on June 10 and to participate on June 12 in orientation events, the Leadership Alliance National Symposium, and the Chicago Research Symposium. At the end of the program, participants are expected to check out of the dormitory no later than noon on Saturday, August 11. 

Eligibility: Applicants must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and have:

*Completed at least two semesters, and have at least one semester remaining, of their undergraduate education by the start of the summer program.
*Demonstrated interest and potential to pursue graduate study.
*Documented U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status.
*Attend an accredited public or private college or university in the U.S. or its territories, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Note: The SR-EIP and LAMI programs are not designed for students pursuing professional training for careers in the practice of law, business administration, clinical medicine, clinical psychology, or the allied health professions.

Travel: Participating students are eligible for reimbursement of approved expenses associated with round-trip travel to the University of Chicago from the student's home city.

Stipend and Meals: Students receive a stipend of $3,150 and a $650 meal plan amounting to $3,800 in support. Participating students will be given a dining card for the purchase of meals at the University dining facilities.

Housing: Participants will be offered room and board in an air-conditioned student dormitory residence located in the center of campus near several amenities, including a new state-of-the-art athletic facility.

Research Mentors: Students will be matched with a faculty/research mentor based on interests/goals expressed in the application to the Leadership Alliance.  Students interested in applying for the University of Chicago SR-EIP program can learn more about research opportunity offerings by looking at faculty research profiles. All students participating in the summer session will also be guided by advisers outside of the laboratory environment. Students sponsored by the Mellon Initiative will be matched with a faculty mentor and a graduate student mentor.

Activities: Students are expected to spend a minimum of 40 hours/week conducting research and working with faculty/research mentors. In addition, students will participate in several program activities that will allow them to interact with other members of the academic community and summer research programs at the University of Chicago:

  1. Weekly Workshops/Panel Discussions: Topics will include research proposal design, experimental design, engaged scholarship, reading and writing for research, strategic note-taking approaches, developing research proposals, ethical issues in research, career paths, funding opportunities, and applying to graduate programs.
  2. Library or Facility tours: Participants will be acquainted with the shared library, research, and laboratory facilities used as it pertains to their research placement.
  3. University of Chicago Research Symposium: Near the end of the nine-week summer session, participants will give oral/poster presentations of their work to fellow participants, faculty mentors, and research associates in a symposium on campus.
  4. The Leadership Alliance National Research Symposium (Late July): In addition to presenting their work to academic colleagues at the University of Chicago, participants will also present their work at a national meeting of the Leadership Alliance.
  5. Recreational activities organized to acquaint participants with life on the University of Chicago campus and in the city of Chicago at large.

Application: Interested undergraduates must apply for the program through the Leadership Alliance website. The online application must be completed and submitted no later than midnight on February 1, 2018.  Official transcripts must be received by the Leadership Alliance Executive Office by February 1, 2018.  Students must first be certified as eligible by the Leadership Alliance before being reviewed by the University of Chicago for possible placement in the University’s SR-EIP.  The primary consideration for placing students in the University of Chicago’s SR-EIP is the matching of research interests between students and faculty members. Additional information on applying to SR-EIP can be found at the Leadership Alliance website.

University of Chicago Leadership Alliance Representatives:

Melissa Gilliam MD, MPH
Ellen H. Block Professor
Vice Provost for Academic Leadership, Advancement, and Diversity
Assisted by Alison Armstead 
Janine Franklin, PhD
Pipeline Programs Coordinator