This summer, the Roman Family Center for Decision Research will welcome two outstanding emerging scholars as part of the Leadership Alliance’s Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP).

Supporting these scholars is part of the center's commitment to help young behavioral scientists from diverse backgrounds get training and experience to advance their careers, providing tools and resources to be accepted and succeed in highly competitive PhD programs.

This is the Roman Family Center's third year participating in the Leadership Alliance summer program, and several past participants have continued on as research assistants and staff members in the center's PIMCO Decision Research Labs. 


About the Program

The Leadership Alliance is a consortium of more than 30 institutions that have provided research and networking experiences to more than 4,000 undergraduate students with the aim of increasing the participation of underrepresented minority groups in higher education and research. To date, 77% of undergraduates who participated in the Summer Research - Early Identification Program have enrolled or completed a graduate program.

This rigorous summer research program is specifically designed for undergraduates interested in pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD. Students have the opportunity to conduct an independent research project under the guidance of a Roman Family Center faculty mentor, and participate in research seminars and professional development workshops to prepare for an advanced academic career. They also will present their research at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium, an annual national conference bringing together SR-EIP participants, mentors, and directors from different institutions.


Meet This Year's Participants

The Roman Family Center is committed to mentoring the next generation of behavioral science scholars and practitioners, and we’re pleased to welcome the following students for the Leadership Alliance summer program:

Camille ChandlerCamille Chandler

Carnegie Mellon University

Faculty Mentor: Emma Levine

Camille Chandler is a sophomore studying psychology and decision science at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interests lie in how the experiences of people from underrepresented backgrounds impact decision making.

What are you looking forward to about this program? 

"I’m looking forward to exploring research in a new setting and seeing how this experience changes my research interests. I am also excited to get to learn alongside other undergraduates who are also excited about research."


Obidinma EgbokwuObidinma Egbokwu

Marist College

Faculty Mentor: Alexander Todorov

Obidinma Egbokwu is a student in Marist College, majoring in biology and psychology. The concept of social psychology always fascinated Obidinma and ignited a love for psychology. Obidinma plans to pursue a PhD in social or organizational psychology, as she wants to impact lives behind the scenes rather than on a one-on-one basis.

What are you looking forward to about this program? 

"I am looking forward to forming connections with faculty and peers, strengthening and enriching my understanding of research in the field of psychology, and creating unforgettable memories."