Educational Pathways for Cancer Research

For students (in-person 10 weeks per year; two-year commitment)

Students will participate in 10 weeks of mentored laboratory research experience. Participating students will have the opportunity to make ongoing connections to the cancer center.

EPCR is a two-year commitment for summer 2024 and summer 2025. Selected participants will receive a stipend.

For high school teachers (in-person four weeks per year; two-year commitment)

EPCR Teacher Training Program provides Indiana high school teachers with integrated laboratory research experience and curriculum development opportunities to enhance their biology and cancer-related teaching skills and to create excitement for their students for science-related careers. The program is offered in partnership with the Indiana University-Bloomington School of Education.

High school science teachers will participate in four weeks of laboratory research experience and curriculum development activities that integrate cancer-related topics into the state curriculum. Participating teachers will have the opportunity to make ongoing connections to the cancer center and their schools throughout the year through field trips and school trips.

The Teacher Training Program is a two-year commitment for summer 2024 and summer 2025. Selected participants will receive a stipend.

Applications for 2024 are now closed.

EPCR for graduating high school seniors and undergraduate students

The EPCR summer program provides mentored, high-quality, cancer-focused research experiences for graduating high school seniors and undergraduate students. This program is especially for students who belong to a population underrepresented in medicine.

Participants will develop skills to think analytically and critically; design, perform and troubleshoot experiments; interpret research data; formulate new ideas; and propose meaningful strategies for testing those ideas through experiments with guidance from mentors.

  • Interact with one of the cancer center research programsshared 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
  • Networking events
  • Receive a stipend (payment)

The application deadline for the 2024 summer cohort has passed. Please check back in Q4 2024 to apply for the 2025 summer cohort.

Program Dates: Monday, May 20 – Friday, July 26, 2024

How EPCR works for students

Participants are paired with a research mentor. Research projects may involve laboratory-based research, computer-based database research or clinical research.

Students learn about research methodology and will complete a project over the summer months. They will present their findings at poster and oral presentation sessions.

Applicants are expected to actively participate in all aspects of the program, including professional development. During the 10-week program (May 20-July 26, 2024), participants work 40 hours each week. Full-time attendance is mandatory throughout the program’s duration.

Who should apply?

EPCR is designed to serve students from populations underrepresented in biomedical and clinical research. 

View NIH definitions of populations underrepresented in biomedical and clinical research.

It is open to graduating high school seniors entering their freshman year and undergraduate university students who have not yet completed their degree by Fall 2024.

Although most past participants have resided in the metropolitan Indianapolis area, the program accepts applications from students across the United States.

All federally funded programs require candidates to be U.S. citizens or green card holders.  

How do I apply?

Please read all of the instructions carefully to ensure accurate completion and correct processing of this application.

Academic Transcripts: Your application will require you to upload school transcripts. Please prepare by downloading them from your school or requesting a copy from your school’s administration. 

Personal Statement: Please prepare a document in which you describe why you are interested in participating in EPCR. You will upload it to the application. 

Recommendation Letter: All applicants must provide one (1) letter of recommendation. When you complete the General Information part of the application, you will receive a link to provide an email address for the individual who will be writing your letter of recommendation. This individual will then be automatically notified of your request. We strongly suggest that you speak with your recommender beforehand and get their approval before you provide their email on your application link.


Housing and Transportation

The cancer center provides housing support to a portion of accepted students based on need, but slots are limited. Housing is a shared apartment-style unit with full appliances. Applicants from outside central Indiana who do not receive and/or need housing support have the option to stay with family or friends who live within 40 miles of the IU Indianapolis campus. IU housing policy does not allow participants under the age of 18 (at time of program start) to stay in campus housing.


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