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Our SR-EIP Program

Overview

Student and MentorSince 1993, the Leadership Alliance Summer Research-Early Identification Program at Brown University (Brown SR-EIP) has been providing nine-week summer research opportunities for outstanding undergraduates interested in exploring the nature of advanced graduate school study. Our mission, one shared with the other 31 institutions that comprise the Leadership Alliance consortium, is to develop underrepresented students into outstanding leaders and role models in academia, business and the public sector.

The Brown SR-EIP offers up to 20 undergraduates each summer a paid research internship with a faculty mentor. Research opportunities are available in the following areas: life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, engineering, computer science, and applied mathematics. Immersed in an intellectually stimulating and challenging environment, students work closely with a faculty advisor on the university's main campus or in one of the hospitals affiliated with the Brown Medical School. In addition to this one-on-one collaboration, all participants present their research at the annual Leadership Alliance National Symposium.

Throughout the summer, Brown SR-EIP students work full-time in their research environment. In addition, each student is required to complete a research proposal, create a poster to present at a university-wide undergraduate conference, and to make either a poster or an oral presentation at the National Symposium.

Highlights of the Brown SR-EIP include weekly seminars and dinners. Students attend seminars to introduce them to cutting-edge research at Brown in a variety of disciplines. These meetings broaden and deepen each student's knowledge of the innovative research collaborations that have formed throughout the Brown campus. Students also attend complimentary weekly dinners, gathering to discuss their current research and to hear about the graduate school experience through conversations with Brown graduate students, postdocs and the Graduate School deans.

Many of the weekends there is a planned activity or excursion. Recently, this has included day trips to Newport, Block Island and Boston; an evening at the theater, the movies, bowling and karaoke; an afternoon barbecue or picnic at the home of a staff person or dining out.

Participants in the Brown SR-EIP receive a competitive stipend, a single room in an apartment in a Brown residence hall, and reimbursement for round-trip travel to Brown. There is a common kitchen in the residence hall. All Brown SR-EIP students live together in a building within a short walking distance of the main campus green, and easily accessible to shopping and transportation services. All students attend the Leadership Alliance National Symposium.

A Brown graduate student is employed as a residential coordinator, helping to orient participants and guide them through the program. The coordinator serves a leadership role, as well as being the primary liaison between the participants and the university.

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