LEAP Alliance Events

The LEAP Alliance programs include mentorship, professional development and community building with a focus on ensuring students are informed about academic career opportunities and inclusion in the tech sector.

Below is a list of upcoming events for the LEAP Alliance community, which consists of undergraduate students from LEAP target communities (LEAP Scholars), doctoral students from LEAP target communities (LEAP Fellows), and the supporting faculty and staff at each LEAP Institution (LEAP Advocates).

For LEAP Scholars

Undergraduate Research Webinars

3/27/24 @ 3 PM CT

Virtual session focused on programs and curriculum components that expose undergraduate students to research opportunities and experiences.

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Additional References

REU Program Opportunities @ LEAP Institutions

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs are designed to enrich undergraduate students with a full-time experience participating in different phases of research. Many of the LEAP institutions host REU programs. The programs and application deadlines are listed below:



Computer Science Awards, Scholarships, & Fellowships

Below is a link to a GitHub site created by former LEAP Fellow Chinasa T. Okolo. The site includes a curated list of fellowships and scholarships for graduate students in Computer Science and related fields:


Past Events

Part 1:  Why Go to Graduate School: Diverse Perspectives [View Video]

Dr. Wing Lam, Assistant Professor, George Mason University (former LEAP Fellow)
Dr. Chinasa Okolo, Fellow, The Brookings Institution (former LEAP Fellow)

Part 2:  Why Go to Graduate School:  Faculty Perspectives [View Video Part 2A] [View Video Part 2B]

The Faculty Perspectives sessions will provide an opportunity to learn about the research areas at different institutions.

Part 2A: Cornell University, Princeton University and University of Washington
Part 2B: MIT, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and University of Maryland

Part 3:  Why Go to Graduate School:  Graduate Application Review from LEAP Fellows [View Video]

The Graduate Application Review session provides an opportunity to gain insights about effective graduate applications from the perspective of current doctoral students.

For LEAP Fellows

Academic Year 2023-2024

Invited Research Talks @ LEAP Institutions
The Invited Research Talks are in person campus visits to a host LEAP Institution where you can present your research, network, tour the environment and meet Faculty.

Summer 2024

Academic Careers Workshop
6/6/24 – 6/9/24
Chicago, IL
Workshop for senior doctoral students, postdocs, and early career faculty (assistant- and associate-level faculty) organized by CMD-IT in collaboration with CAHSI and AccessComputing that provides a mentoring opportunity for our target communities focused on navigating the academic career ladder.

Summer 2024

Early Career Graduate Student Academic Careers Workshop
7/10/2024 – 7/12/2024
Chicago, IL
New workshop for second and third year PhD students that will focus on and promote the advantages of academic careers while providing a realistic view of Faculty professional roles and work-life balance.
The workshop will feature panels of Faculty from our target communities and provide an opportunity to make strategic connections/network, practice research presentation and writing of research papers.  This workshop is organized by CMD-IT in collaboration with CAHSI and AccessComputing.


For LEAP Advocates

Past Event

Cohort 1 All Hands Meeting
2/29/24 – 3/1/24
Houston, Texas
In person meeting and planning session for LEAP Alliance Cohort 1 Advocates.