Summer Research Program

Indiana University
Indianapolis, IN.
Type Academic Enrichment, Basic Science Research, High School Students


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, 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.


RP 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.

More Information

Program Coordinator
Tonya L. Shelton, B.S.M.
Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center,
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Phone: (317) 274-8880