Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship Program

The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholars Program seeks to develop undergraduate research and leadership skills by supporting first-year students who wish to pursue innovative projects and community engagement that will help them develop the knowledge and skills to serve as future leaders in their respective fields.

The Scholarship Program funds up to 25 undergraduate students over two consecutive summers, before and after the sophomore year in the College. This program is funded by the Laidlaw Foundation, which has instituted similar programs at a number of leading universities in the United States and internationally, creating a robust network of scholars and alumni who are affiliated with the program.

The Scholarship provides 16 months of programming that begins in the spring semester of your first year in the College, and ends in the fall of your junior year in the College. These activities allow you to:

  • Develop leadership skills through training and community engagement;
  • Develop research and analytical skills and pursue a research project;
  • Build your network by collaborating with leaders in your field, be they faculty members or community leaders;
  • Learn from an academically talented community of students at Columbia and across the world who are future leaders in fields across the disciplines;
  • Strengthen your resume and your competitiveness for future opportunities.
  • Travel internationally and connect with communities and people around the world.

Visit the URF database to view eligibility requirements, the application timeline, and to start an application. Questions about the program should be directed to Ariella Lang, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

Want to learn more?

Learn more about the Laidlaw Foundation and the scholarship by visiting their website. Read about becoming a Laidlaw scholar and the scholar experience from students of St. Andrew's University and/or watch "Become a Laidlaw Undergraduate Research & Leadership Scholar," from the Laidlaw Foundation.

Current Laidlaw Scholars: For the second summer proposal form click here.

Current Laidlaw Scholars

2021 COHORT

Avi Adler

aja2209@columbia.edu

Faith Andrews

fea2117@columbia.edu

Alisha Arshad

aa4681@columbia.edu

Eva Brander Blackhawk

eb3352@columbia.edu

Eleanor Campbell

ec3362@columbia.edu

Adina Cazacu-De Luca

adc2197@columbia.edu

Luiza Diniz Vilanova

ld2954@columbia.edu

Roberta Hannah

rih2116@columbia.edu

Victor Jandres Rivera

vrj2109@columbia.edu

Hassan Javed

hj2564@columbia.edu

Rizwan Kazi

rsk2176@columbia.edu

Angel Latt

arl2220@columbia.edu

Suan Lee

sl4858@columbia.edu

Evan Li

el3078@columbia.edu

Simon Ogundare

soo2111@columbia.edu

Joanne Park

jjp2204@columbia.edu

Mia Richmond

mjr2239@columbia.edu

Joachim Rillo

jmr2312@columbia.edu

Ava Sanjabi

as6200@columbia.edu

Mrinalini Sisodia Wadhwa

mw2706@columbia.edu

Bryley Williams

bbw2114@columbia.edu

Nicole Wolff

new2128@columbia.edu

Jeffrey Xiong

jx2446@columbia.edu

Jacqueline Yu

jly2123@columbia.edu

Dennis Zhang

dz2404@columbia.edu

2020 COHORT

Bethel Adiele

bia2111@columbia.edu

Charlotte Atkins

cra2134@columbia.edu

Scarlet Au

sma2244@columbia.edu

Sina Fayaz Monfared

sf2990@columbia.edu

Meghan Forcellati

mrf2167@columbia.edu

Cindy (Yaxin) Gao

yg2701@columbia.edu

Linus Glenhaber

lag2208@columbia.edu

Ruoyi Gong

rg3271@columbia.edu

Ishita (Elina) Govil

ig2417@columbia.edu

Paul Hanna

ph2591@columbia.edu

Jacob Kim-Sherman

jyk2150@columbia.edu

Elaine Lee

el3031@columbia.edu

Astrid Liden

aml2343@columbia.edu

Ian MacLeod

idm2114@columbia.edu

Kate Marsh

klm2244@columbia.edu

Carolyn Martinez Jorge

cm3936@columbia.edu

Neely McKee

njm2163@columbia.edu

Aaron McKeever

adm2216@columbia.edu

Anna Mishchenko

asm2273@columbia.edu

Deborah Moreno Ornelas

dsm2189@columbia.edu

Anna Nuttle

akn2128@columbia.edu

Jungwoo Park

jp4014@columbia.edu

Brian Perlstein

bjp2161@columbia.edu

Lillian Rountree

lr2914@columbia.edu

Alex Tan

alex.t@columbia.edu

Charles Wallace

cpw2132@columbia.edu

Laidlaw Alumni

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2019 COHORT

2018 Cohort