Stark Neurosciences Research Institute

Medical Neuroscience Undergraduate Summer Research

The Medical Neuroscience Undergraduate Summer Research Program at Indiana University School of Medicine and the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute is an intense nine-week program designed to provide a strong foundation for developing and fostering research skills in the field of neuroscience. This program is offered at the School of Medicine’s Indianapolis campus.

Accomplished Faculty Educators

More than 75 faculty members of the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute serve as research mentors for the Medical Neuroscience Undergraduate Summer Research Program, 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.

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 course Laboratory Research Foundations. Students develop presentation and organizational skills in-which they present their project at the end of the program at a Research Summit.

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

In addition to pursuing their individual research interests, students participate in social activities with IU School of Medicine Neuroscience Graduate Program faculty and students.

Admission Information

The Medical Neuroscience Undergraduate Summer Research Program summer 2020 session runs from June 1 through July 31. Students interested in the Summer Research Program can submit an online application. Applications are accepted from November 1, 2019, through March 1, 2020. Interested applicants can email Rene Baugh, Education Programs Coordinator, for more information.