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Biomedical Sciences

The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in the Biomedical Sciences (SUREBS) is IU School of Medicine’s summer research program for future scientists. This program is designed for undergraduate students who are committed to pursuing a research career and plan to pursue a doctoral training program in the biomedical sciences.

Participants become more familiar with biomedical research while interacting with modern core facilities and utilizing cutting-edge techniques in high-throughput sequencing, proteomics, imaging and microscopy through advanced research that combines basic and applied biomedical sciences to further discovery and innovation. Research areas of study include precision medicine, genomics, bioinformatics, cancer, neuroscience, infectious disease, cell and immunotherapy, musculoskeletal research, metabolic diseases, cardiovascular systems and addiction.

Participants engage in a research project in a basic science lab, and interact with faculty, trainees and staff at our interdisciplinary centers. Opportunities exist to explore the school’s Research Centers and Institutes, participate in graduate school preparation activities, and present a poster at the Center for Research and Learning Summer Poster Symposium. This program is held in Indianapolis, Indiana, a vibrant and diverse urban location with attractions and activities to meet many interests.

SUREBS is open to undergraduate students who have completed their freshman or sophomore year of course work with a background in biology, chemistry, physics or biomedical engineering. Applicants must be a citizen of the United States or a permanent resident of the United States (i.e., possess a valid Permanent Resident Card USCIS Form I-551).

The program pays each participant $5,000 for the 10-week experience, which begins late May and ends late July. Housing is also provided to participants whose permanent address is greater than 30 miles from the IU School of Medicine – Indianapolis campus.


The deadline to apply for the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in Biomedical Sciences is January 15th.

Application Opens: October 1