Student Research Opportunities

IU School of Medicine students can enrich their studies and training by participating in these research opportunities. Research programs are also available to individuals not currently enrolled as a student of IU School of Medicine.

Center for Research and Learning

The Center for Research and Learning at IUPUI lists a variety of research opportunities categorized as undergraduate research programs, diversity research programs, and summer research programs.

Diversity Scholars Research Program

The Diversity Scholars Research Program is aimed at attracting academically talented students pursuing an education in the research setting who will contribute to the diversity of IUPUI. Open to all Indiana high school graduates in the top 25% of graduating class who have at least a 1070 SAT (math and critical reasoning sections only) or 23 ACT score. Provides free tuition plus book and living stipends each year for 4 years. Research opportunities will be available. Contact Vicki Bonds at for more information.

IU School of Medicine Geriatrics / American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) Summer Research Opportunity

The IU Center for Aging Research, the research arm of IU School of Medicine Geriatrics, offers a Summer Research Program for medical students who will have successfully completed one year of medical school at the IU School of Medicine. The purpose of the scholarship program is to engage Indiana University medical students in personally rewarding experiences in aging research and to foster geriatric friendly clinicians and researchers through close relationships with successful role models and enthusiastic peers. The program, called IU MSTAR, provides an 8-12 week intensive experience that includes an individualized aging research experience under the mentorship of Center for Aging Research expert scientists. A program description and calendar are available at the IU Center for Aging Research. Email the program director, Dr. Douglas K. Miller, to discuss research opportunities and interests prior to applying.

Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center Summer Research Program

Open to full-time high school and undergraduate students, this program strives to increase the number of students from underrepresented populations who are pursuing careers in biomedical and behavioral sciences. This nine-week paid program has an application deadline of March 1. High school students applying must have completed at least their junior year and have maintained a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Undergraduates applying for the program must have completed 24 hours of college credit, be majoring in a biomedical or behavioral science and have maintained a grade point average of 3.2. Mentors are IU Simon Cancer Center faculty members.

Students interested in the Summer Research Program can visit to download and print an application or send an e-mail to to request an application. Questions? Contact the IUPUI Center for Research & Learning at (317) 274-8880.

Deadline for application is February 15.

Molecular Medicine in Action

Indiana high school students get laboratory experience in genetic research.

Project SEED

Project SEED is a summer research program that targets economically-disadvantaged high school students. SEED places area high school students in research labs for eight weeks in the summer. The Central Indiana chapter of the American Chemical Society has sponsored Project SEED locally for 35 years. Contact Dr. Jim McAteer via e-mail at or through phone at (317) 274-7935 for more information.

Student Research Fellowship Program  at the Fort Wayne Center for Medical Education

For first- and second-year students in the School of Medicine, law, or nursing. Nine-week program focusing on clinical research, abstract preparation, poster preparation, manuscript preparation and data analysis of research. Contact Gina Bailey at,  IU School of Medicine, Fort Wayne, IN, (260) 481-6731.

Student Research Program in Academic Medicine 

The Student Research Program in Academic Medicine (SRPAM) at Indiana University School of Medicine is administered by the IU Graduate School. This program offers its students the opportunity to conduct research during the summer after their M1 year. The main objective of the program is to create opportunities for medical students to experience hypothesis-driven clinical and translational research. SRPAM is intended as a pipeline for students who may pursue further research training and more broadly embrace the career of physician-scientists.

The SRPAM allows medical students to conduct independent research under the direction of established scientists at basic science or clinical departments at Indiana University. Prior research experience is not required. The areas of investigation are broad and range from cancer, stem cell biology, congenital and heart disorders, neuroscience, immunology, infectious diseases, vascular biology, bone disorders and medical informatics. For a complete list of areas and mentors of the program, visit the website at

Successful applicants to the program receive a $4,000 summer research stipend for participation in the 10 to 12-week, 40-hour per week research activity. The program also includes a number of educational and social activities, including a weekly lunch-seminar series. At the conclusion of the summer, each student presents a poster and has opportunity to apply for the Research Awards sponsored by Indiana University Medical School Scholarship Committee for the 5 best research project/presentations of the summer. For more information, visit our website,

Completion of the internship grants 50% credit for level 3 Competency 3: Using Science (Biomedical Knowledge).

Program Director:
Nadia Carlesso, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics

For more information and applications, please contact:
Jose Rivera Espada, Director Medical Student Affairs - Student Financial Services
Indiana University School of Medicine
Fesler Hall, RM 224
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5120
(317) 274-1967
(317) 278-2691 FAX

Undergraduate Research for Prospective Physician-Scientists and Physician-Engineers at IUSM

We are recruiting undergraduate students who have completed their freshman or sophomore year with a background in biology, chemistry, physi or engineering and are interested in pursuing an integrated career as a physician-scientist or physician-engineer. Participants receive compensation for 10 weeks of summer research. For more information or to apply, contact Dr. Rebecca Chan, IU School of Medicine, 317-278-5207.

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