Training Programs

Summer Research Program

Summer Research Program

The IU Simon Cancer Center Summer Research Program (SRP) aims to increase the number of high school and undergraduate students from underrepresented populations pursuing biomedical and behavioral science careers by providing positive and meaningful firsthand exposure to these fields.

During the nine-week program (June 1 - July 24, 2015), participants work 40 hours each week. Full-time attendance is mandatory throughout the program’s duration. Of course, unforeseen emergencies and school-related obligations may come up, thus, some flexibility may be allowed.  However, due to the rigorous nature of the program, a commitment to daily attendance is required.

Selected participants will be paired with a research mentor. Research projects may involve laboratory-based research, computer-based database research or clinical research. Students will learn about research methodology and will complete a project over the summer months. They will present their findings at poster as well as oral presentation sessions. Applicants are expected to actively participate in all aspects of the program, including professional development.

IU Simon Cancer Center: A Unique Learning Environment

The IU Simon Cancer Center is affiliated with the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in Indiana that provides patient care.

Benefits of Participating in SRP

As an SRP participant, you will:

  • Interact with one of the cancer center research programs, shared facilities and more than 100 world-renowned investigators
  • Gain exposure to a wide range of basic science, translational and clinical research activities
  • Continually interact with and learn from other students, clinical and post-doctoral fellows and faculty
  • Attend weekly workshops that deal with issues related to gaining admission to graduate and professional programs of study
  • Receive a stipend (payment)

Who Should Apply?

SRP participants are full-time high school or undergraduate students from populations underrepresented in biomedical or behavioral sciences. All students from metropolitan Indianapolis, from surrounding county high schools or from colleges and universities who will meet the following criteria by the program start date are encouraged to apply. Medical students and residents are not eligible.

High school students who...
  • Have completed their junior year.
  • Display an aptitude for science and math.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Undergraduate students who...
  • Have at least 24 hours of college credit.
  • Have a biomedical or behavioral science major.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.
How Do I Apply?

Read the application instructions. The application for the 2015 program is due Feb. 27, 2015. Those students selected as finalists will be invited to campus for an interview in April 2015. 

Participant selection is based on interest in biomedical or behavioral science, student grades and personal interviews.

Questions? Contact the IUPUI Center for Research and Learning at (317) 274-8880.

Contributing Partners

This program is funded through the National Cancer Institute. This program is possible through a collaboration with the IUPUI Center for Research and Learning.