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IMPRS Summer Program Application

The IMPRS Summer Program application is open from November to January 15. 

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Eligibility and requirements

  • The applicant must be a current Phase 1 Year 1 IU School of Medicine student in good academic standing.
  • The applicant should demonstrate an interest in and aptitude for scientific investigation.
  • Students who receive funding directly from IMPRS must commit to the required full-time summer research program schedule for the entire duration of the program. Students receiving funding from IMPRS cannot be simultaneously obligated to other grants or awards requiring a commitment of time during the designated IMPRS Summer Program time.
  • Students holding a doctorate or master’s degree, or a combined professional and research doctorate, are typically not eligible for NIH short-term training positions.
  • The student must comply with all institutional policies related to conduct, academic honesty, professionalism and lawful behavior.
  • The student must attend the weekly seminars.
  • The student must agree to participate in the IMPRS Poster Presentation.
  • The student must agree to the maximum of three vacation days policy (not including holidays).

What to consider before applying

Prior to applying, students are highly encouraged to brainstorm an area of research interest and explore potential mentors.

Students should decide if they want to spend 10 or 12 weeks of summer research. Programs supported by the NIH grants will be 12 weeks.  Areas of research for the 12-week session are related to projects with the focus on heart and lungs, eye, bone and immunology.

Students are encouraged to apply to multiple programs; each track has specific requirements.

General Application Requirements

For IU School of Medicine programs

  • Personal information, including demographics, contact information and address.
  • MCAT scores
  • A professional letter of reference (LOR) demonstrating student strengths and interest
  • Personal statement
  • General Release of Information form
  • Preferred campus for the summer internship..
  • Mentor Preferences:
    • List of two to four preferred faculty mentors that the applicant may want to work with in the summer. 
    • IMPRS will attempt to match students with mentors in accordance with stated interests, this is based on faculty availability and may not be feasible in all situations.

For external programs

  • Personal information, including demographics, contact information and address.
  • A letter from IU School of Medicine confirming academic good standing.
  • Name of program; program location; program mentor.
  • Research idea, project idea, research interest/focus etc.