Laidlaw Scholars Program at Cornell
The Laidlaw Undergraduate Leadership and Research Program promotes ethical leadership and international research around the world—starting with the passionate leaders and learners found on campuses like Cornell.
The Einaudi Center administers the Laidlaw Scholars Program at Cornell, leveraging its faculty expertise and international partners to support student research and global networking.
In two years, Laidlaw scholars become skilled researchers, embrace data-based decision-making, and learn to lead with integrity. The program has four major components:
The program is open to first- and second-year students, shaping their college careers through early research and leadership training and connecting them with faculty mentors. Learn more about the program and how to join the next cohort of Laidlaw scholars.
"This is an incredible opportunity for Cornell students to build a deep foundation in international research and area expertise with leadership skills finely honed to fulfill Cornell's grand mission of educating the next generation of global citizens."
-Rachel Beatty Riedl, Einaudi Center Director
Meet the Scholars
The inaugural cohort of Laidlaw Scholars at Cornell is made up of 24 students. In summer 2021, they completed research projects on topics ranging from migration and big data to animal science, engineering, and communications. They've also begun their leadership training with the David M. Einhorn Center for Community Engagement. Learn more about the full cohort of 2021 Laidlaw scholars.