Heritage University Leadership Alliance

The Leadership Alliance National Symposium (LANS) is the culmination of the summer research experience for participants in the Summer Research — Early Identification Program (SR-EIP).

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The SR-EIP is a rigorous research experience designed specifically for undergraduates interested in applying to PhD or MD-PhD programs. Students work for 8 to 10 weeks in the summer under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor at a participating Leadership Alliance institution.

Through one-on-one collaborations, students gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation. Students present their summer research projects to a national audience of peers, faculty and representatives from the public and private sectors. Speakers, workshops and panel discussions foster a sense of community, while providing practical information about graduate school and career opportunities. Students receive a stipend, and travel and housing expenses are covered by the host institution.

SR-EIP participants are engaged in scholarly research projects offered at 21 Leadership Alliance member institutions. These programs also offer research seminars and workshops in professional development, as well as social and cultural activities. The institutions set high standards and offer outstanding, closely mentored research experiences in a broad range of academic disciplines.