Future Scientist Program

Summer science for high school juniors

The Future Scientist Program at IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center is a summer science program for high school juniors at Indianapolis and all Marion County public schools, providing the opportunity to spend eight weeks on a research project under the mentorship of a university researcher.

High school juniors with a keen interest in science and the ability to work independently and responsibly are encouraged to apply for the program, a non-credit enrichment/summer research experience.

The application deadline for the 2024 cycle has passed. Check back in quarter 4 2024 for the application to the 2025 cycle.

Program dates: June 3 – July 26, 2024


Admission to the eight-week program is based upon:

  • Scholastic ability
  • Maturity
  • School attendance record
  • Ability to obtain work permit if age 16 or under, through the school system
  • Evidence of interest in scientific research
  • At the time of application, the student must be a junior in a Marion County public high school and possess a minimum 3.0 grade point average

The Future Scientist Program is tobacco, alcohol, and drug free. Use and/or possession of these items will result in termination from the program.


Contact the Research Outreach Team at SimonEdu@iu.edu.


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