- Skills that are valuable for residency applications as well as career development
- Hands-on experience that instills an appreciation for the research behind medical discoveries
- A deeper critical understanding of medical literature, information and research
- The potential to contribute to scholarly knowledge through presentations and publications
Regenstrief Institute works to create learning opportunities for the next generation of clinicians, research scientists, healthcare leaders and staff professionals, especially those from groups historically underrepresented in the health sciences. Regenstrief leaders develop programming and supplemental activities to ensure that scholars get the most out of their research experience. The summer scholars program results in posters, publications, and, most importantly, students being exposed to translational research with real impact.
Students leave the experience with a better understanding of the physician-researcher and PhD-researcher career paths as well as the expertise and training required of all the professional staff necessary to successfully drive the activities of a multi-unit, cross-collaborative research enterprise. Some go on to present the results of their work at national conferences, and others continue to be involved in manuscript production.
Indiana University Medical Student Program for Research and Scholarship (IMPRS)
The Indiana University Medical Student Program for Research and Scholarship (IMPRS) Summer Program provides a mechanism for medical students to gain research and scholarly experience during the Phase 1 summer break between the first and second years of medical school. Students are connected with research opportunities and mentors at all nine Indiana University School of Medicine regional campuses and Regenstrief Institute. The program is competitive with a limited number of slots available.
The overarching goal is to provide diverse research and scholarly opportunities for medical students to be engaged and enriched in an environment of scholarly endeavor. Most programs last 8-12 weeks and take place between May and July. In addition to research work, each student must observe a series of weekly seminars and participate in a poster session.
IMPRS is sponsored by The IU School of Medicine Dean’s Office, the Indiana Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI), IUSM Departments and Divisions, National Institutes of Health (NIH) training grants, endowments and donations.apply
Summer Student Research Assistants
Students who are selected for the Summer Student Research Assistant program participate in eight- to twelve-weeks of part-time employment that includes structured research and academic activities. Selected students are paired with a faculty-led study team. Duties may include attendance of team meetings, helping to enroll participants in studies, assisting with data collection, management or analysis, transcription of qualitative interviews, administrative support and other tasks as needed.
Projects STEM & SEED
Indianapolis Project STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine) and Indianapolis Project SEED (Summer Experience for the Economically Disadvantaged) recruit local high school students. Their experience in the program will help them prepare for college and provides a substantial boost to their application portfolio.
Project SEED is an eight-week summer research program that gives students from economically disadvantaged families the opportunity to explore a career in STEM and be involved in research in an academic or industry setting.
Project STEM is an eight-week research experience in a full spectrum of STEM-related disciplines for students from all backgrounds. High school students can explore a career in the sciences and be involved in research in an industry or university setting.