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The Indiana CTSI supports undergraduate student research through support and coordination of various programs. These are designed to connect students with groups engaged in research across the translational spectrum including clinical, laboratory and community-based research.

Indiana CTSI Undergraduate Summer Internships


The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (Indiana CTSI) undergraduate translational research program provides students with the opportunity to work with Indiana CTSI faculty mentors located at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) on projects designed to increase their awareness of and interest in translational research to accelerate the pace of taking medicine from the “bench to the bedside.” Students selected for the program will be matched with a CTS Imentor. This is a faculty-mentored research experience for the duration of ~ 8 weeks (specific dates for 2003 to be determined soon).

Students receive a $3,200 summer research stipend. Half of the student stipend is disbursed mid-project, and the remainder upon successful completion of the project and submission of all research products. Students are expected to engage in research at least 40 hours per week for the duration of the program which runs June to July.

Students accepted to the summer program should not enroll in classes, work part-time, or plan a vacation during the duration of the program. Students will be required to present a poster at the end of the summer program.

Eligibility Requirements

Undergraduate first year students (who are currently completing their second semester), sophomores, juniors, or seniors

Enrolled full-time at IUPUI, IUB, IUPUC or Notre Dame

Pursuing first undergraduate degree
Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

Major in any health and life sciences related discipline

Only US citizens and permanent residents may apply

Program Benefits

Work with faculty mentors

Expand career development in biomedical and life science areas

Receive access to the IUPUI campus and its resources

Earn $3200 stipend for participation

Housing supplements may be provided to students who live >40 miles from IU School of Medicine campus.

2023 application: https://redcap.link/2023CTSIsummerresearchprogram

For more information, please write to: ctsipath@iupui.edu

Other Undergraduate Summer Internship Program on CTSI campuses

Summer Research Program (SRP) at IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center

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These two Summer Program at IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center aim to increase the number of undergraduate students from underrepresented populations pursuing biomedical and behavioral science careers by providing positive and meaningful first-hand exposure to these fields.

Summer Undergraduate Research in the Biomedical Sciences

The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in the Biomedical Sciences (SUREBS) is the IU School of Medicine’s summer research program for future scientists. The program is designed for undergraduate students who are committed to pursuing a research career and plan to pursue a doctoral (PhD) training program in the biomedical sciences.

The Indiana Medical Scientist/Engineer Training Program’s Undergraduate Summer Research Program

The Indiana Medical Scientist/Engineer Training Program’s Undergraduate Summer Research Program (aka the Indiana MSTP-USRP or pre-MSTP), IU School of Medicine’s summer research program for future physician scientists/engineers, is designed for high-performing undergraduate students who are committed to pursuing an integrated clinical and research career and plan to pursue combined-degree training in an MD/PhD Program, such as the Indiana MSTP.

Pediatric Research Summer Internship Program

The Pediatric Research Summer Internship is an eight-week program that offers participants the opportunity to engage and learn among expert scientists at one of the largest public medical schools in the United States. The program is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students with a strong aptitude for science to gain hands-on experience in pediatric bench research.

The Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research is committed to providing students with a program experience full of diverse thoughts, perspectives and abilities. Applicants from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Physician Engineers, Scientists, and Clinicians Preparatory Program

The Medical Physician Engineers, Scientists, and Clinicians Preparatory program [MPESC-Prep] (pronounced ‘em-pesk’) is designed to establish a multifaceted training program designed to ensure talented, diverse high school and college students are exposed to opportunities for professional development and mentorship during STEM training to pursue formal education and training in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular, pulmonary, and hematologic conditions.  The high school students are from metropolitan Indianapolis public schools and the college cohort of students are from three partner undergraduate programs with an established commitment to diversity and mentorship.  These include the Weldon College of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University, the Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) Honors Program and Hanover College, a distinguished liberal arts and residential college that has made a commitment to the recruitment of diversity scholars.  While there is a research-intensive summer program for both cohorts and opportunities for students to have clinical exposure, the program is a year-round program and students come back to the same laboratory year after year (in high school or in college) to gain an in-depth research experience and to gain trust with a proven mentor.

For general questions please contact: ctsipath@iu.edu

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