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Medical Neuroscience Undergraduate Summer Research Program

Applications for the Summer 2023 Undergraduate Research Program will be available in January.

More than 75 faculty members of the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute serve as research mentors for the Medical Neuroscience Undergraduate Summer Research Program each year, and students have the opportunity to conduct research in a mentor’s laboratory. Basic and translational research specialties of faculty mentors include neuroimmunology; pain and sensor systems; spinal cord and brain injury; and a number of developmental, affective, mood, movement, neurodegenerative and addictive disorders.In addition to pursuing their individual research interests, students participate in social activities with IU School of Medicine Neuroscience Graduate Program faculty and students.

Training Focus

Students conduct laboratory research in a Stark Neurosciences Research Institute research mentor’s laboratory and receive training in biosafety, research ethics and animal models in the weekly course, Laboratory Research Foundations. At the end of the program, students present their summer research project to faculty, students and lab staff at a research summit.


Students receive a competitive $3,000 stipend for participating in the summer research program. Housing is provided if a student resides more than 50 miles from Indianapolis.