- CRL Research Position Job Board
- CRL Rise Scholarship Award | Application Due April 1
- Diversity Scholars Research Program (DSRP) | Application Due March 1
- FAST TRACK Undergraduate Research Mentor Grant
- IUPUI Life-Health Sciences Internships Program | Application Opens in January
- Multidisciplinary Undergraduate Research Institute (MURI) | Application Due September 19
- Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Grant | Application Due September 19
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:
Academic Year Undergraduate Research Programs
Summer Undergraduate Research Programs
- Diversity Scholars Research Program (S-DSRP) | Application Deadline: March 1
- Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research Summer Internship Program
- Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (Indiana CTSI) | Application Deadline: March 1
- IU Simon Cancer Center Summer Research Program (IUSCCSRP) | Application: Opens in November and Closes in February
- Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Grant
- STEM Summer Internship | Application Due March 25
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. Learn more and apply.
STEM Summer Internship
The STEM Summer Internship Program is funded by the Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (UCASE) at IUPUI. It aims to engage Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students in educationally purposeful activities that allow them the opportunities to examine their interest in and disposition for teaching science in middle or high schools. STEM Education Interns receive $3,000 stipends for working full-time in seven-week summer internship positions at IUPUI and other non-profit organizations in Indianapolis. Learn more and apply.
Undergraduate Research for Prospective Physician-Scientists
The IU School of Medicine is recruiting individuals who are seriously interested in pursuing integrated careers as physician-scientists or physician-engineers and want to obtain combined degree training in an M.D./ Ph.D. Program. This is a program for individuals who will commit a significant component of their career to pursuing basic science, biomedical engineering, or human translational discovery within their professional career as a physician. Individuals who wish to pursue a career as a physician only or individuals who envision biomedical discovery as a minor component of their professional career should not apply to this program, but should seek other programs available on campus designed for your desired career track.
The program will pay each participant $3,500 for the ten-week summer experience.