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Student Research Programs

Indiana University School of Medicine offers many excellent research training and internship programs for high school, pre-med, pre-graduate, medical and post-graduate trainees interested in exploring biomedical and health-related research work. Research programs are also available to students not currently enrolled at IU School of Medicine.

If you are an undergraduate student and interested in a summer or short-term laboratory employment, we encourage you to contact the faculty mentor directly or go to IU Jobs for research job postings.  Otherwise, please contact Dr. Brittney-Shea Herbert (brherber@iu.edu) or other Research Affairs leaders listed on the Contacts page for more information.

Summer Research Programs for High School Students

  • IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center Summer Research Program
    The IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center Summer Research Program aims to increase the number of high school and undergraduate students from underrepresented populations pursuing biomedical and behavioral science careers by providing positive and meaningful firsthand exposure to these fields. Selected participants will be paired with a research mentor.
  • Project SEED
    The American Chemical Society sponsored Indianapolis Project SEED  is an eight-week summer research program that gives high school students in grades 10th - 12th the opportunity to explore a career in science and participate in research at an academic setting like IUPUI and the IU School of Medicine, or an industry setting like Eli Lilly and Company.  SEED was established nationally by the ACS in 1968 and locally in 1973 at the IU School of Medicine.  Participants whose family income is under 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines receive a stipend of $3,200.
  • Future Scientist Program
    The Future Scientist Program is a summer science program for high school juniors at Indianapolis and all Marion County public schools, providing them the opportunity to spend seven weeks on a research project under the mentorship of a university researcher.
  • Project STEM
    The Indianapolis Project STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is an eight-week research experience in a full spectrum of STEM-related disciplines for students from all backgrounds. High school students have the opportunity to explore a career in the sciences and be involved in research at an industry or university setting.  The program primarily serves students in the greater Indianapolis area but will consider accepting students from Rural Indiana and other States to participate virtually, when available each year.  Most students participate are unpaid volunteers but aims to provide a participation stipend payment to all students who come from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Molecular Medicine in Action
    In this program for high school sophomore, junior and senior students, participants experience the methods scientists use in unlocking and deciphering the molecular, cellular and genetic basis of diseases and processes such as cancer, diabetes, stem cells and angiogenesis. The Molecular Medicine In Action program was developed by IU School of Medicine with the Riley Children’s Foundation, Wells Center for Pediatric Research, Indiana Association of Biology Teachers and the Hoosier Association of Science Teachers to provide high school students an inside view of research and science.

Summer Programs for Undergraduates

  • Prospective Physician-Scientists and Physician-Engineers Program

    The Indiana Medical Scientist/Engineer Training Program’s Undergraduate Summer Research Program (aka the Indiana MSTP-USRP or pre-MSTP) is available for undergraduate students who have completed their freshman, sophomore, or junior years with a background in biology, chemistry, physics, social & behavioral sciences, or engineering and are interested in pursuing an integrated career as a physician-scientist or physician-engineer. Participants receive compensation for their summer research at IUSM-Indianapolis.

  • Summer Undergraduate Research Program in the Biomedical Sciences
    The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in the Biomedical Sciences Program is designed for undergraduate students with a background in biology, chemistry, physics or biomedical engineering, and are interested in pursuing a doctoral training program in the biomedical sciences. Research areas of study include precision medicine, genomics, bioinformatics, cancer, neuroscience, infectious disease, cell and immunotherapy, musculoskeletal research, metabolic diseases, cardiovascular systems, addiction and more. Participants also engage in professional development. This 10-week summer experience program provides each participant with a stipend. Housing is provided to participants with a permanent address located greater than 30 miles from Indianapolis.
  • Herman B Wells Center Summer Internship Program
    The Wells Center for Pediatric Research Summer Student Internship Program provides an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students who are looking to gain hands-on experience in biomedical science. A long-term goal of the program is to increase the number of medical students and researchers choosing a career in pediatric health research.
  • IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center Summer Research Program
    The IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center Summer Research Program aims to increase the number of high school and undergraduate students from underrepresented populations pursuing biomedical and behavioral science careers by providing positive and meaningful firsthand exposure to these fields. Selected participants will be paired with a research mentor.
  • American Cancer Society Diversity in Cancer Research (DICR)

    The IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center offers a Diversity in Cancer Research (DICR) internship, supported by the American Cancer Society.  This program aims to increase the number of undergraduate students from underrepresented populations pursuing clinical and research careers in cancer by providing positive and meaningful firsthand exposure to these fields.

  • Medical Neurosciences Undergraduate Summer Research Program
    The Medical Neuroscience Undergraduate Summer Research Program at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis is administered by the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute. This nine-week program provides a strong foundation for developing and fostering research skills in the field of neuroscience. Basic and translational research specialties of faculty mentors in this program include neuroimmunology, pain and sensor systems, and spinal cord and brain injury along with developmental, affective, mood, movement, neurodegenerative and addictive disorders.
  • IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships Program
    Open to undergraduate sophomore and junior students who are pursuing careers in life and health sciences or thinking about graduate or professional school in these topic areas. The Life-Health Sciences Internships Program connects IUPUI life and health sciences undergraduates with paid research and professional internships on and near the IUPUI campus. This program spans the academic year and matches students with on-campus and campus-affiliated opportunities in research and other professional opportunities. Interns have the opportunity to participate in formal and informal events throughout the year with a final event at the end of the second semester to present project work and findings.
  • Indiana CTSI Undergraduate Summer Internship Program
    The Indiana CTSI Undergraduate Summer Internship Program is designed to provide Indiana University and University of Notre Dame students with experience in translational research and the opportunity to work with Indiana CTSI-affiliated faculty mentors located at Indiana-University Purdue-University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Student interns work on a project designed to increase the student’s awareness of and interest in translational research. Students are selected through a competitive application process in March, and preference is given to those with prior research experience. Participating students will receive a stipend and must commit to a 40-hour work week during the summer months.
  • Diversity Scholars Research Program
    The Diversity Scholars Research Program is aimed at attracting academically talented students pursuing an education in the research setting who will contribute to the diversity of IUPUI. Open to all Indiana high school graduates in the top 25 percent of their graduating class who have at least a 1070 SAT (math and critical reasoning sections only) or 23 ACT score. The program provides free tuition plus book and living stipends each year for four years. Research opportunities are available.
  • Van Laeken Summer Research Internship in Pediatric GI
    The Van Laeken Summer Research Internship in Pediatric Gastroenterology is a flexible 10-week program in the Department of Pediatrics Division of Gastroenterology. Interns will work on clinical research projects mentored by Pediatric GI faculty; they will also participate in some GI division conferences. Both undergraduate and medical students will be considered.

    For more information, contact McKenzi Sidor at msidor@iu.edu.

Summer Programs for Medical Students

  • Indiana University Medical Student Program for Research and Scholarship
    The Indiana University Medical Student Program for Research and Scholarship (IMPRS) facilitates medical student participation in various medical research and experiential opportunities–ranging from summer programs with IU School of Medicine to year-long opportunities across the world. Explore campus-specific research opportunities on the statewide campus pages.
  • International Human Cadaver Prosection Program
    The International Human Cadaver Prosection Program at IU School of Medicine-Northwest-Gary is designed for individuals interested in attending medical school or gaining in-depth training in human anatomy as well as medical students or practicing physicians interested in sharpening anatomy skills that can be applied to their professional practice. Program participants conduct a first-hand advanced dissection of the upper and lower extremities of a human cadaver specimens and benefit from hands-on work in radiology and surgical orthopedics, prosthetics and orthotics.
  • Indiana CTSI Summer Internship Program
    The Indiana CTSI Summer Internship Program is a two-month educational program sponsored by the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute for high school, undergraduate and medical students interested in assisting faculty members in clinical and laboratory research.
  • Van Laeken Summer Research Internship in Pediatric GI

    The Van Laeken Summer Research Internship in Pediatric Gastroenterology is a flexible 10-week program in the Department of Pediatrics Division of Gastroenterology. Interns will work on clinical research projects mentored by Pediatric GI faculty; they will also participate in some GI division conferences. Both undergraduate and medical students will be considered. 

    For more information or to request application information, contact McKenzi Sidor at msidor@iu.edu.

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Speciality-Specific Programs

  • Comprehensive Training Program in Musculoskeletal Research
    The Comprehensive Training Program in Musculoskeletal Research is administered by IU School of Medicine at the Indianapolis campus, and provides PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and medical students with a rich, diverse, multidisciplinary research-oriented training environment in musculoskeletal biology. The program is designed to equip trainees with the tools and research training needed to move into successful careers as physicians, scientists and engineers who will find new cures, develop new therapeutic treatments, and generate new devices to reduce and/or eliminate musculoskeletal disease. The program is funded by an NIH-sponsored T32 Training Grant, and includes faculty whose research foci span a broad range of topics in musculoskeletal biology.

Postdoctoral Training

A broad range of postdoctoral mentoring and training opportunities are available with talented research scientists across IU School of Medicine. For more detailed information, visit the IU School of Medicine Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.