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The Leadership Alliance is an organization of 32 institutional members that created the Partnership for Minority Science Education (PMSE), a substantive program that links minority-serving institutions to research institutions. PMSE is a single program hosted at multiple institutions. Five to six hundred applications are submitted annually. The Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) has a broad appeal across disciplines, with applications divided 50 percent in the life sciences, 25 percent in the physical sciences and 25 percent in the humanities since 2001. From 2001-2005, 768 underrepresented undergraduate students participated in cutting-edge summer research through PMSE and SR-EIP. An average of 165 students completed research projects each summer. 66 percent of the students were women, 52 percent African-American, 35 percent Hispanic and 13 percent were Native American. This was the first research experience for 56 percent of the students who participated.