October 6, 2022

University, high school summer students experience real-world research at Regenstrief Institute 

More than 30 students participated in the Regenstrief Institute Summer Scholars Program working closely with faculty on research projects. Medical, undergraduate, and high school students enrolled in various programs, allowing them a unique opportunity to explore the fields of aging, biomedical informatics and health services research. 

Ten of the summer scholars were part of the Indiana University Medical Student Program for Research and Scholarship (IMPRS). The program connects students with research opportunities between the first and second years of medical school.   

Students also were involved as a part of various programs through their universities and high schools. The programs are as follows: Indiana University School of Medicine, IUPUI Global Health Informatics Practicum, Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), University of Michigan, University of Dayton, University of Southern Indiana, University of Indianapolis, Ball State University, Miami University (OH), Gilbert High School (Gilbert, AZ), Washington and Jefferson College, and Marian University.   

Depending on the project, students learned many different skills, including how to design protocols, recruit participants for studies, collect and manage data, perform qualitative data analysis and write scientific abstracts. 

Just like the faculty at Regenstrief, some students were able to showcase their work to institute employees and peers during “Work in Progress” sessions. And some students will continue to contribute to in-progress manuscripts. 

The following is a partial list of participating students.  

IMPRS students
IMPRS is sponsored by Indiana University School of Medicine Dean’s Office, the Indiana Clinical Translational Science Institute (Indiana CTSI), IU School of Medicine departments and divisions, endowments, donations and National Institutes of Health (NIH) training grants. 

Regenstrief Center for Biomedical Informatics — IMPRS students 

Indiana University School of Medicine 

  • Elisabeth Reese worked with Regenstrief Research Scientist Brian Dixon, MPA, PhD.  

Regenstrief Center for Health Services Research — IMPRS students  

Indiana University School of Medicine 

  • Michael Cheng worked with Regenstrief Research Scientist Thomas Imperiale, M.D. 
  • Ujwala Pamidimukkala worked with Regenstrief Research Scientist April Savoy, PhD. 

IU Center for Aging Research at Regenstrief — IMPRS students 

Indiana University School of Medicine 

  • Claudia Li worked with Regenstrief Research Scientist Nicole Fowler, PhD, MHSA. 
  • Liam Mungcal worked with Regenstrief Research Scientist Kathleen Unroe, M.D., MHA.  
  • Alexis Macha worked with Regenstrief Research Scientist Babar Khan, M.D., M.S.  

The 2022 summer program includes: 

Regenstrief Center for Biomedical Informatics  

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis  

  • Teryn Morgan worked with Regenstrief Research Scientist Titus Schleyer, DMD, PhD. 

University of Michigan  

  • Hana Chung worked with Regenstrief Research Scientist Titus Schleyer, DMD, PhD. 

Regenstrief Center of Health Services Research  

IU Bloomington  

  • Anush Motoganahalli worked with Regenstrief Research Scientists Andrew Gonzalez, M.D., MPH, and Sharmistha Dev, M.D., MPH.  

University of Indianapolis  

  • Allison Mann worked with Regenstrief Research Scientist Nicholas Rattray, PhD.   
  • Katrina Spontak worked with Regenstrief Research Scientist Nicholas Rattray, PhD.   

IU Center for Aging Research at Regenstrief  

Indiana University — Purdue University Indianapolis 

  • Courtney Borman worked with Regenstrief Research Scientist Sikandar Khan, D.O., M.S. 

Indiana University — Bloomington  

  • Fereshtehossadat Shojaei worked with Regenstrief Research Scientist Malaz Boustani, M.D., MPH. 

Washington & Jefferson College (Pennsylvania) 

  • Madison Osborn worked with Regenstrief Research Scientist Alexia Torke, M.D., M.S. 

About Regenstrief Institute 
Founded in 1969 in Indianapolis, Regenstrief Institute is a local, national and global leader dedicated to a world where better information empowers people to end disease and realize true health. A key research partner to Indiana University, Regenstrief and its research scientists are responsible for a growing number of major healthcare innovations and studies. Examples range from the development of global health information technology standards that enable the use and interoperability of electronic health records to improving patient-physician communications, to creating models of care that inform practice and improve the lives of patients around the globe.  

Sam Regenstrief, a nationally successful entrepreneur from Connersville, Indiana, founded the institute with the goal of making healthcare more efficient and accessible for everyone. His vision continues to guide the institute’s research mission. 

Note: Not all institutions listed have associated students in the list. This is due to those students not providing permission to be included, however, Regenstrief wanted to recognize the institutional partnership and effort involved.

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