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Undergraduate Research

Participating in undergraduate research is an excellent way for students to challenge themselves, build relationships with senior scientists, and add depth to their university experience.

Scientific research requires not only evidence and logic, but also honesty, creativity, patience, and openness to new ideas. The problem-solving and reasoning skills you develop, as well as an increased understanding of science, will provide a great foundation for approaching any type of work and engaging your community. Plus, these are qualities and skills valued by many employers and graduate and professional school admission officers.

Benefits of Undergraduate Research

  • Contribute to knowledge
  • Learn more about something that interests you passionately
  • Learn what research is all about
  • See if you want to go to graduate school or get a "real" job
  • Build relationships with senior scientists
  • Be eligible for scholarships and stipends
  • Be able to swipe your own JagTag to get into a research lab
  • Have an edge in your job search/grad school application/professional school application;
  • Get a reference letter from a professor
  • Get a RISE "research" notation on your transcript
  • Attend and present your work at a local, regional or even national scientific conference
  • Contribute to a paper published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal

Explore the Opportunities Available in Science

Every department in the School of Science offers undergraduate research opportunities. You can pursue research outside your major. For example, many biology, chemistry and math students do research in the physics department.

IUPUI Programs & Funding

Here are just some of the program and funding opportunities available to IUPUI students:

2015 Summer Undergraduate Internship Program (SUIP)

The 2015 Summer Undergraduate Internship Program (SUIP) is designed to provide an intense research experience to students interested in graduate study in the biomedical sciences. Interns complete ten weeks of full-time laboratory research, attend state-of-the-art research seminars, and deliver scientific presentations to their peers and mentors.

In addition, interns receive training in responsible conduct of research, laboratory safety, and presentation skills. Interns are also invited to career counseling sessions in which faculty and administrators discuss graduate school and career opportunities for biomedical scientists.

Application Deadline: February 1, 2015

Learn more

Life-Health Sciences Internships

Life-Health Sciences Internships connect IUPUI life and health sciences undergraduates with research and professional experience internships on and near the IUPUI campus. This program helps students to explore their career objectives and future career pathways while also fostering valuable professional connections between students and faculty and staff. The students belong to a community of interns and mentors who support one another throughout the internship experience and beyond. Internships run from the end of August to the beginning of May. Positions pay $10 per hour for up to 10 hours per week (15 weeks per semester for two semesters). Learn more and apply.

Application deadline: March 8

IU Health Summer Student Research Program

Managed through the Methodist Research Institute at Indiana University Health, Inc., the Summer Student Research Program is designed to pair students in the sciences with biomedical researchers for a 12-week period from May to August. Not only does this opportunity provide students with a hands-on research experience, the program also assists researchers at the Methodist Research Institute and IU Health in completing a variety of innovative projects that might not otherwise be accomplished without student assistance. Learn more.