Summer Research Program

Summer Research Program

The IU Simon Comprehensive 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 eight-week program (June 1-July 24, 2020), 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.

Note: Participants are responsible for their own housing and transportation arrangements.


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 by the program’s start date.
  • 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?

Applications closed Feb. 3, 2020, for the 2020 Summer Research Program.

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


E-mail IU School of Medicine’s Health Professions Programs at

Contributing Partners

This program is funded through the National Cancer Institute and is a collaboration with IU School of Medicine’s Health Professions Programs.