In summer 2022, the Center for Decision Research will once again welcome undergraduate students as part of the Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP). This rigorous summer research experience is specifically designed for undergraduates from underrepresented groups interested in pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD. 

The Center for Decision Research seeks conscientious research assistants to conduct behavioral science and social psychology experiments through the Virtual PIMCO Decision Research Laboratories during summer 2022. Undergraduate students studying social psychology, cognitive psychology, and behavioral economics are encouraged to apply by February 1, 2022.
Each research assistant will have an opportunity to facilitate behavioral science experiments led by CDR faculty and graduate student researchers. These studies involve interfacing with real participants, and guiding them through precise study protocols in order to learn about how humans understand ourselves and each other. Each research assistant will also have an opportunity to be mentored by members of the CDR’s academic community, including faculty members, principal researchers, and graduate students. 
Workshops and presentations of original and emergent research by behavioral scientists around the world are offered by the CDR, and assistants are welcome to attend as they deepen their understanding and interest in the field of behavioral science.

The CDR first participated in the program in summer 2021, hosting seven students who participated remotely due to COVID-19. 

About the Leadership Alliance 

The Leadership Alliance is a consortium of more than 30 institutions who have provided research and networking experiences to more than 4,000 young scholars with the aim of increasing the participation of underrepresented minority groups in higher levels of education and research.

The Leadership Alliance’s Summer Research Early Identification Program is a rigorous summer research experience specifically designed for undergraduates interested in pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD. SR-EIP participants have the opportunity to conduct an independent research project for nine weeks under the guidance of a research mentor.

The program provides students both theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation. In addition, students participate in research seminars and professional development workshops to learn about preparing for an advanced academic career. Finally, students have the opportunity to present their research at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium (LANS), an annual national conference bringing together SR-EIP participants from different institutions, faculty/research mentors, and Alliance members and directors.

Students are also provided stipends, housing, and travel reimbursement. 

How to Apply

Interested undergraduates must complete the SR-EIP Online Application. The online application must be completed and submitted no later than midnight on February 1, 2022.

 The application requires:

  • Biographical and academic information
  • Current resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts 

Learn more about the program requirements and how to apply