Indiana CTSI and Ivy Tech Research Scholars Program2024-02-28T12:59:19-05:00

Indiana CTSI and Ivy Tech Research Scholars Program

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (Indiana CTSI), in collaboration with Ivy Tech Community College, is launching a new program focused on providing immersive research experiences for Ivy Tech learners. The program provides students with the opportunity to gain hands-on research experience in a laboratory-based research project or within a CTSI research core facility designed to increase their awareness of and interest in translational research to accelerate the pace of taking medicine from the “bench to the bedside.”

Program Basics:

Accepted students are matched with a research experience in either an individual lab or core facility. Students will be placed at the campus that is nearest their home Ivy Tech campus:

The program is currently accepting applications for two different cohorts:

  1. Students will engage in immersion experiences during the 2024 summer (tentative program will run from June 3 – July 24, 2024). Learners will conduct research in a laboratory for ~35 hours per week. Participants in this program will be encouraged to limit classes and other work obligations as the internship is considered equivalent to a full-time job (typically Monday-Friday, ~8 hours a day).
  2. Students will engage in immersion experience during the 2024-2025 academic year. Learners will conduct research in a laboratory or core research facility for ~10 hours per week over the academic year.

The program plans to accept up to ~8-12 students for summer 2024 program and ~10-14 students for the 2024-2025 academic year program.

Application deadline is 5:00pm on April 15, 2024:

Apply here:

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Any student currently enrolled at an Ivy Tech campus within 30 miles of Bloomington, Indianapolis, West Lafayette or South Bend. Ivy Tech students outside of these geographical regions may be considered under special circumstances.
  • Will have completed at least one semester of classes at Ivy Tech at the time of application.
  • Students must remain at Ivy Tech through the duration of the internship; individuals who transfer to another University will have continued participation assessed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Only US citizens and permanent residents may apply

Program Benefits:

  • Work with research teams
  • Expand career development in biomedical and life science areas
  • Receive access to the affiliated campus and its resources
  • Earn $15/hour for work activities
  • Scholars will be provided a new laptop, to support their research and scholarly activities for the duration of the program.


  1. Application Intake form:
  2. Applicant questions (short answer). Please see rubric to help guide how reviewers will be evaluating.
  3. Letter of Support. A brief letter of support from a faculty or staff member at Ivy Tech that addresses why they think you would be a good fit for this Scholar program.

Applicant selection:

  • Complete applications will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of CTSI and Ivy Tech faculty/staff
  • Reviewers will score each of the application questions, along with two additional criteria (completeness and overall impression) based on a rubric and scoring on a scale of 1-5 for each criterion.

Program Expectations:

  • All students will be hired as ‘employees’ through Indiana University for the purposes of payment. The program will help facilitate the hiring, but Scholars are expected to be active partners in completing the paperwork in a timely fashion.
  • Engage in activities with the assigned research laboratory.
  • Complete all safety/training requirements for the research lab as needed.
  • Communicate with Program and research lab mentor (or designee) on a frequent basis.
  • Attend program meetings with Program Directors and fellow Scholars throughout the program duration.
  • Participate in program evaluations throughout and after the program.

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