The Leadership Alliance & The Partnership for Minority Science Education

The Leadership Alliance is an organization of 32 institutional members that created the Partnership for Minority Science Education (PMSE), a substantive program that links minority serving institutions to research institutions. PMSE is a single program hosted at multiple institutions. Five to six hundred applications are submitted annually. The Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) has a broad appeal across disciplines, with applications divided 50% in the life sciences, 25% in the physical sciences and 25% in the humanities since 2001. From 2001-2005, 768 underrepresented undergraduate students participated in cutting-edge summer research through PMSE and SR-EIP. An average of 165 students completed research projects each summer. 66% of the students were women, 52% African-American, 35% Hispanic and 13% were Native American. This was the first research experience for 56% of the students who participated.