Summer Research Opportunities

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The Indiana CTSI offers summer research opportunities for high school, undergraduate and medical students interested in assisting faculty members in clinical and laboratory research.

Past summer research 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 summer internships.
Summer internship opportunities:

  • Indiana Medical Student Program for Research and Scholarship (IMPRS)
  • Indiana CTSI Undergraduate Summer Internships
  • Indiana CTSI Project STEM for High School Students

Indiana Medical Student Program for Research and Scholarship (IMPRS)

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.

How to apply

For detailed information about the program and how to apply, visit the IMPRS website or contact Anne Nguyen, IMPRS Program Manager, at

Indiana CTSI Undergraduate Summer Internships

The Indiana CTSI’s Undergraduate Summer Internship 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.
For detailed information about eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit the Undergraduate Summer Internship website or contact Samantha Scahill, Indiana CTSI Administrative Director, at

Indiana CTSI Project STEM

The Indiana CTSI Project 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.

Indianapolis Project SEED

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.

Indianapolis Project STEM

Project STEM is designed to be an information center for high school students 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.

Future Scientists 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 six weeks on a research project under the mentorship of a university researcher.


For detailed information about the Indiana CTSI Project STEM program and how to apply, contact Elmer Sanders, Program Director, at

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