Summer Research Program (SRP)

Summer Research Program

The IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center's 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.

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.

During the eight-week program (June 6-July 29, 2022), participants work 40 hours each week. Full-time attendance of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. is mandatory throughout the program’s duration.

Jackson State University Collaboration: We gladly welcome the cohort of students from Jackson State University to undertake this unique summer experience with other students from the Summer Research Program at the IUSCCC and other programs affiliated with IU School of Medicine.

Housing and Transportation: The program will provide housing for students from the Jackson State University collaboration. For all other applicants, we will provide assistance in identifying campus housing options but housing and transportation will be the responsibility of each student. 

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?

The Summer Research Program (SRP) is designed to serve students from populations underrepresented in biomedical and clinical research in the summer after the senior year in high school or the summer after undergraduate years 1 or 2. To learn more about the National Institutes of Health (NIH) definitions of populations underrepresented in biomedical and clinical research, visit

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

The following students are eligible. Medical students and residents are not eligible.

High school students currently in grade 12 who...
  • Have completed their senior 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 completed 2 years or less, and not over 80 credit hours.
  • Have a biomedical or behavioral science major.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.

Important Dates:

  • Program dates: June 6-July 29, 2022
  • Application for the 2023 program will open in early 2023.

Contact Elmer Sanders, program coordinator, at