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Summer Undergraduate Research in the Biomedical Sciences

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

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. Research areas of study include behavioral neuroscience, bioinformatics, cancer, cardiovascular systems, cell and immunotherapy, infectious disease, diabetes and metabolic disorders and more. 

SUREBS is open to undergraduate students who have completed their freshman, sophomore or junior year of coursework with a background in biology, chemistry, physics, behavioral sciences 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 provides each participant with a $5,000 compensation for the summer experience. Housing is also provided to participants whose permanent address is greater than 30 miles from the IU School of Medicine–Indianapolis campus.


Tentative Program Dates: May 28–August 2, 2024

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Apply by January 15

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