Laidlaw Scholars Program at Cornell
The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Scholarship 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.
"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
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:
"I have always loved the idea of doing work internationally and allowing myself to explore and learn about people and cultures abroad. The Laidlaw Scholars Program gives me a chance to have an international impact in the interdisciplinary work that I hope to continue well into the future."
The inaugural cohort of Laidlaw Scholars at Cornell is made up of 24 first- and second-year students. This summer, they start their 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 Office of Engagement Initiatives. Learn how to join the next cohort of Laidlaw Scholars.
Laidlaw Scholars are at 12 universities across the globe, including Cornell, University of Leeds, National University of Singapore, and more.
Cornell will support three cohorts of Laidlaw Scholars through the program, funding approximately 75 undergraduate students in their research and leadership work.