Medical Student Research Education

Medical Student Research Education2024-07-01T08:03:59-04:00

The Indiana CTSI offers research opportunities for medical students interested in assisting faculty members in clinical and laboratory research.

Past program participants have progressed on to successful careers as physicians, researchers, pharmacists, and nursing doctorates, including a majority who have remained in Indiana. Many students have had their names included on publications in prestigious medical journals resulting from the research projects they worked on during their program experience.

Medical student opportunities:

  • Indiana Medical Student Program for Research and Scholarship (IMPRS)
  • Medical Student Training Applied to Research (MedSTAR)

Indiana Medical Student Program for Research and Scholarship (IMPRS) Summer Program

IMPRS facilitates Indiana University School of Medicine medical student participation in various medical research and experiential opportunities including laboratory, clinical, health research outcomes and community health education. The mission of IMPRS is to provide a diverse array of research and scholarly options for the IU School of Medicine student community and to enrich the research and scholarly education for all IU medical students.

IMPRS eligibility requirements
Applicants to the IMPRS program must:

  • Be current IU School of Medicine students in Phase One of Year One.
  • Be able to dedicate 100 percent of their effort to the summer research program, which lasts eight to 10 weeks from late May to late July.

MedSTAR – Medical student year-long program

MedSTAR provides supported clinical and translational research opportunities for medical students. This program is a collaboration between IU School of Medicine and the Indiana CTSI that seeks to strengthen and increase the cohort of physician-scientists in the workforce. The one-year fellowship allows IU School of Medicine medical students to be immersed in research support for one year of full-time mentored training. The fellowship plans to accept up to four students each year from IU School of Medicine who are enrolled and in good standing, and who have a proven interest in and commitment to biomedical research as evidenced by previous laboratory, translational, or clinical research experience such as the IMPRS Summer Program.  Additional information about the program can be found in the guidelines here.

Questions about IMPRS or MedSTAR, email

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