K-12 STEM Opportunities

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Indiana CTSI K-12 STEM Program

The Indiana CTSI K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program aims to develop a pipeline of future scientists through the support of several summer research programs for high school students and teachers. To receive a comprehensive listing of K-12 programs available, students, parents, teachers and guidance and career counselors are encouraged to contact Elmer Sanders at elsander@iu.edu.

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STEM Professional Development for Teachers

Ms. Ilesha Sherrer

Ms. Ilesha Sherrer teaches sciences at Pike High School. She is on the summer team supporting students through the internship programs.

To provide professional development opportunities for teachers, the Indiana CTSI K-12 STEM Program in partnership with the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center has created programs for science teachers to connect with STEM professionals, learn about cutting edge research at IUSM, and engage in hands-on research through the Teacher Research Program (TRP). An educational fellowship award is paid to teachers who participate. Details are sent to teachers who register at https://redcap.link/teacherSTEM

STEM Summer Programs for Students

The ACS Project SEED (Summer Experience for the Economically Disadvantaged) provides economically disadvantaged high school students from central Indiana with an opportunity to explore a career in science. Students devote a summer to being a research intern with hands-on experiences in a professional laboratory setting. The program was established by the American Chemical Society in 1968 and at the IU School of Medicine in 1973. Please visit www.IndyProjectSEED.org.

Indianapolis Project STEM

Project STEM is an umbrella program for students from all backgrounds who want to explore a career in any of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, such as medicine, dentistry, computer science, information technology, life sciences, chemistry, biomedical engineering and more. Please visit www.IndyProjectSTEM.org.

Aishat Audu and Anna Martin interned in the ACS Project SEED program at Eli Lilly and Company during high school through the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.

The experience prepared and encouraged them to study science in college. Learn more.

During the summer of 2019, 40 students took part in the Project SEED program, 8 were in the Future Scientists program and 67 were in the Project STEM program. Mixed in with those groups, 20 students spent time with workers at Eli Lilly. Learn more.

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 six weeks on a research project under the mentorship of a university researcher in an oncology related field. This program is a collaboration with the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center. Please visit www.cancer.iu.edu/future.


For questions on any of these programs and other opportunities available through the Indiana CTSI K-12 STEM program, contact Elmer Sanders, Director of K-12 Education Outreach, at elsander@iu.edu.

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