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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. 


  • Engage high school and undergraduate URiM students in Indiana with high quality Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) research experiences in pediatric health sciences.
  • Each opportunity designed to immerse students in authentic science research where they develop new skills and begin to see themselves in STEM careers supported by a reliable network.
  • Proactively seek and effectively develop under-represented STEM talent through partnerships, communication, and cooperation.


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D. W. Clapp, MD

Chair, Department of Pediatrics

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