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Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (Indiana CTSI)

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (Indiana CTSI) undergraduate translational research program provides students with the opportunity to work with Indiana CTSI faculty mentors located at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IU Indianapolis) on projects designed to increase their awareness of and interest in translational research to accelerate the pace of taking medicine from the "bench to the bedside." Students selected for the program will be matched with a CTSI mentor. This is a faculty-mentored research experience for the duration of at least two months (June 1 through July 31). 

Students receive a $3,200 summer research stipend. Half of the student stipend is disbursed mid-project, and the remainder upon successful completion of the project and submission of all research products. Students are expected to engage in research at least 40 hours per week for the duration of the program which runs June to July. Students accepted to the summer program should not enroll in classes, work part-time, or plan a vacation during the duration of the program. Students will be required to present a poster at the IU Indianapolis Student Summer Symposium. Participation may require attendance of professional development sessions as determined by program director.

Please note that preference will be given to applicants with prior research experience.

This program is funded by the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

Poster Session

Eligibility Requirements

  • Undergraduate first year students (who are currently completing their second semester), sophomores, juniors, or seniors
  • Enrolled full-time at IU Indianapolis, IUB, IUPUC or Notre Dame
  • Pursuing first undergraduate degree
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Major in any health and life sciences related discipline
  • Only US citizens and permanent residents may apply
  • If your projects involve human subjects, please know that IRB approval or IRB exempt status is required prior to the start of the funding cycle.
CRL will not fund any project that has not been reviewed by IRB.

Program Benefits

  • Work with faculty mentors
  • Expand career development in biomedical and life science areas
  • Receive access to the IU Indianapolis campus and its resources
  • Earn $3200 stipend for participation
  • Housing will be provided for Notre Dame students
The application for this program opened on February 1 and closed on March 16.


Contact Derrick D. Brownie for more information.