Project L/EARN is an intensive, 10-week summer internship for undergraduate college students who are from socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in graduate education. The program provides students with training, experience and mentoring to make them stronger candidates for admission to graduate programs. The internships provide students with a $4,000 stipend, tuition, and room and board for the duration of the 10-week program. Students also receive three academic credits for the program.
The summer program will run from May 29 to August 3, 2012, and is held at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. The core of the summer program consists of daily lectures and computer laboratory sessions that provide training in research methods, study design, data management, and statistical analysis. Interns will be provided with GRE preparation, as well as extensive guidance on applying to graduate school. Interns work individually with faculty mentors to write a full-fledged research paper based on a statistical analysis, which they present as a poster and seminar at the end of the summer.
To be eligible for Project L/EARN, applicants must satisfy all four of these criteria:
- Have at least one full academic year left to complete their undergraduate degree.
- Have completed at least one course in statistics or quantitative methods by the time the summer program begins.
- Be a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident.
- Be a member of at least one of the groups specified as underrepresented in graduate education, such as but not limited to those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, first-generation college students, and those from racial/ethnic minority groups (African American, Latino, Native American, and Pacific Islanders). Students from any U.S. college or university are welcome to apply.
I had never entertained the idea of pursuing a Ph.D. prior to Project L/EARN, but today, I can’t imagine doing anything else! Project L/EARN not only equipped me with the skills to be a viable candidate for graduate school, they also mentored me every step of the way. I can honestly say I would not have earned a Ph.D. if I had not "stumbled" into this program.