Program Overview

Howard University is a member institution in the Leadership Alliance.  The Leadership Alliance encourages students from traditionally underrepresented groups to pursue research careers in the academic, public and private sectors.  Each summer, the Leadership Alliance provides exceptional opportunities for students to participate in intensive research under the direction of a faculty mentor.  The Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) targets undergraduate students who have high potential to become tomorrow’s researchers. 

The SR-EIP delivers training and mentoring in research and prepares students for making competitive applications to graduate schools.  Each Leadership Alliance scholar is hired as a full-time summer intern to work on specific aspects of major on-going research projects with outstanding faculty members at Howard.  The scholars are introduced to the research method and learn valuable specific experimental skills through their chosen research project.  If you have no laboratory experience, don’t be too concerned, because this program is tailored for you - it is the Early Identification Program.  As the program’s name implicates, we warmly welcome those who have completed 2 semesters (> 30 credit hours) of college work; however, those who have completed their sophomore and junior years of study are urged to apply.

For interning in the 8 week SR-EIP program, students will receive a $3,500 stipend, round trip travel expenses to Washington, D.C., on-campus housing, and participation in recreational and cultural experiences.  Additionally, students will be funded to participate in the Leadership Alliance National Symposium (LANS), a professional conference to be held, to give a presentation of their research results to students and faculty members from other universities. 

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must currently be enrolled full-time in an accredited public or private college or university in the United States or its territories, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. All applicants must:
•    Be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
•    Demonstrate a committed interest to pursue graduate study toward a PhD or MD-PhD.
•    Have completed at least two semesters and have at least one semester remaining of their undergraduate education by the start of the summer program.
•    Be a US citizen or have permanent resident status at the time of application.
The Leadership Alliance programs encourage diversity to further its goal of preparing young scholars from underrepresented and underserved populations for graduate training and are not exclusionary on the basis of race, color, sex, age, religion, national and ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.
Note: The SR-EIP is 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.

For more details about the Leadership Alliance and to apply to the Summer Research – Early Identification Program (SR-EIP), go to the national website: http://www.theleadershipalliance.org/programs/summer-research
How to apply
A list of this summer’s research projects at Howard University and faculty mentors can be found here: [link goes here]

Dr. Dexter L. Lee           
Institutional Coordinator           

Last Updated: 12/8/2016