Talented undergraduates from around the nation are invited to apply for the University of Pennsylvania Graduate Division of Arts and Sciences Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR–EIP) through the Leadership Alliance (Deadline February 1st). Eligible programs include those in the Humanities and Social Science fields.

Program Dates: Early June through end of July

The University of Pennsylvania Graduate Division of Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Biomedical Graduate Studies participates in the Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR–EIP). The Leadership Alliance is an academic consortium of 32 institutions of higher learning, including leading research and teaching college and universities. The mission of the Leadership Alliance is to develop underrepresented students into outstanding leaders and role models in academia, business and the public sector.

This program offers undergraduates interested in pursuing a PhD the opportunity to work for eight to ten weeks under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor at participating Alliance institutions. The SR–EIP is principally designed to encourage students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the social sciences and humanities including students who identify as African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans (including Alaska Natives) and US Pacific Islanders, to consider research careers in the academic, public, or private sectors.v

  • Applicants must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better 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.
  • Demonstrate interest and potential to pursue graduate study toward a PhD or MD–PhD. (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.)
  • Be a documented US citizen or non–citizen national or permanent resident in possession of an alien registration receipt card (I–551) or other legal document of such status. International citizens studying in the United States with an F–1 visa are not eligible for the SR–EIP. Individuals seeking asylum or refugees are not eligible.
  • Attend full–time an accredited public or private college or university in the U.S. or its territories, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Be available for 7-8 weeks of research and to present an oral or poster presentation at the national conference.

    This opportunity has the duration of one summer.

  • Application for the Program is through the Leadership Alliance Summer Research–Early Identification Program (SR–EIP) online application. Application submission and other details can be found at the following website: www.theleadershipalliance.org. Complete the application online.
  • Deadline for submission of application: February 1, 2023.

Students in the Program will live in University of Pennsylvania affiliated housing. The program will provide all research and course–related expenses, room and board, travel to and from the program and a stipend of $4,000.  Students are required to participate for the full period of the Program.

Inquiries about the UPENN SR–EIP program are welcome, and they may be directed to:

    Patricia Rea
    Associate Director for Admissions
    University of Pennsylvania
    Graduate Division of Arts and Sciences
    3401 Walnut Street, Suite 322A
    Philadelphia, PA 19104–6228

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