Summer Research-Early Identification Program

Talented undergraduates from around the nation are invited to apply to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR–EIP) through the Leadership Alliance (Deadline February 1st). Eligible programs include those interested in Social Sciences, Psychology and Applied Mathematics.

Program Dates: June 7, 2021 through August 1, 2021

Mission and Program Information

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.


  • Undergraduates work for eight weeks under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Through this one–on–one collaboration, students gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation
  • Students also receive assistance with navigating the graduate application process.
  • Students are required to write a short research activity report at the end of their summer and complete a program evaluation
  • All participants are expected to participate in the Leadership Alliance’s annual, national symposium and present their research orally.
  • For their participation, students will receive round–trip travel, free room and board, plus a stipend.
  • Students will be invited to research presentations associated with the Summer Program for Undergraduate Research and the Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 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 8–9 weeks of research and to present an oral presentation at the national conference.

Time Commitment

This opportunity has the duration of one summer.

Application Process

Room, Board, and Stipends

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 $3,500. Students are required to participate for the full period of the Program.

Please note, due to COVID-19, SR-EIP may be hosted virtually.

Contact Information

UPENN SR-ERIP at Wharton is a collaboration between the Wharton Undergraduate Division and the Wharton Doctoral Programs Office. Inquires are welcome, and they may be directed to:

Utsav A. Schurmans, PhD
Director, Research and Scholars Programs,
The Wharton School | Undergraduate Division
University of Pennsylvania
G95 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
3730 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6340

Maggie Saia
Associate Director
Wharton Doctoral Programs
Suite 430 Steinberg-Dietrich Hall
3620 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Statement of Equal Opportunity

We are committed to enhancing our diverse academic community through diversity and inclusion. The University of Pennsylvania is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Immigration Reform and Control Act/ Americans with Disabilities Act Employer.