The Indiana Medical Student Program for Research and Scholarship (IMPRS) facilitates IU School of Medicine medical student participation in various biomedical research and experiential opportunities including laboratory/translational, clinical, health research outcomes and community health education. The goal is to provide a wide variety of research and clinical opportunities available to students to enhance intellectual inquisitiveness, foster an environment of scholarly endeavors, and support excellence in the development of physicians, physician-scientists, educators and investigators. The program is sponsored by a collection of sponsorships consisting of the IU School of Medicine’s Dean’s Office, Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI), and several NIH training grants.


To provide a diverse array of biomedical research and scholarly opportunities and to enrich the research and experiential education for all IU School of Medicine medical students.

Activities Involved

  • Hands-on mentoring
  • Hands-on investigative scientific research
  • Opportunity for clinical observations
  • Lecture series to expand the students’ knowledge of research and clinical discipline
  • End of summer poster presentation

Eligibility and Requirements

  • The applicant must be a current IU School of Medicine student in Phase 1 Year 1 in good standing who have completed their first year are eligible to apply.
  • The applicant should demonstrate an interest in and aptitude for scientific investigation.
  • The selected applicant for the program must commit to the full 10-12 weeks and must not participate in other summer programs.
  • The student must comply with all institutional policies related to conduct, academic honesty, professionalism and lawful behavior.

Dates and Work Schedule

IMPRS is an 8-12-week program from May – July depending on the track and program. IUSM’s normal hours of operations are Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm.  Exact work schedules are subject to the track and/or mentor’s needs and expectations.  In addition to working on a project, each student attends a series of weekly seminars and participate in the poster session at the end of the summer session.

Some IMPRS programs may require additional time and effort from participants beyond the fixed dates listed in the time line. Students will be notified in advance and compensated for this additional effort. Flexibility in these specific research programs will be offered to ensure that students can remain focused on their academic requirements and career advancement.


IMPRS students must agree to dedicate 100% of their effort to the summer research program during the specified time. IMPRS students may not be simultaneously obligated to other grants or awards requiring a commitment of time.  Students receive a stipend for the complete 10 to 12- week period in three installments.  The stipend is not a salary.


Students are expected to secure their own room and board.

Getting Started

For students interested in the IMPRS Program, applications for the program tracks within IMPRS are become available in November with a due date in January. Prior to the applying, it is highly encouraged to begin to brainstorm the area of interest and to engage and interact with potential faculty mentor to derive potential project plans.  Students are encouraged to apply to multiple programs; each track has specific requirements. Below is a general list of items requested for the application.

  • Personal information, including demographics, contact information and address
  • A letter from IU School of Medicine confirming academic good standing
  • MCAT scores
  • A professional letter of reference demonstrating your strengths and interest or a letter of understanding from your faculty mentor stating the agreement he/she will be your mentor and a brief description of the potential project
  • Personal statement
  • General Release of Information Form
  • Your preferred list of 2-4 faculty mentors of choice that YOU HAVE met or interacted to discuss/brainstorm the potential project you may work on during the summer (click here to access the IU School of Medicine ReSEARCH Connect)
  • Your preferred campus to do the summer internship
  • Research idea, project idea, research interest/focus etc.

Mentor Matching

Students with interest in a specific scientific research area/project should include the information in the Personal Statement.  Students who have met and have formulated an agreement with the mentor should include a Letter of Understanding from the mentor.  IMPRS will attempt to match students with mentors in accordance with stated interests, this is based on faculty availability and may not be feasible in all situations.


The IMPRS application is available within the different tracks i.e. laboratory science, clinical, community/health education and health research outcomes. Please go to the track of interest to apply.

Research Tracks


Check the 2018 timeline of the program here. Check back for the updates 2019 timeline.

Student Research Committee:

  • Brittney-Shea Herbert, PhD Co-Chairperson
  • Jonathan Tune, PhD Co-Chairperson
  • Teresa Bell, PhD
  • Janice Blum, PhD
  • Dawn Bravato, MD
  • Monica Cheng, Medical Student 2018-2019
  • Robert Considine, PhD
  • Linda DiMeglio, MD
  • Burcin Ekser, MD, PhD
  • Jose Espada, Ex Officio
  • Erin Foster, MSLS
  • Christina Huang, Medical Student 2017-2019
  • Andrew Lobashevsky MD, PhD, D(ABHI)
  • Barbara Luve-Beckerman, PhD
  • Raghu Mirmira, MD
  • Peter Nalin, MD
  • Anne Nguyen, Ex Officio
  • Parth Patel, Medical Student 2017-2019
  • Fred Pavalko, PhD
  • Peter Roach, PhD
  • Adam Roth, Medical Student 2018-2020
  • Mitra Sharifi, Medical Student 2018-2020
  • Michael Sturek, PhD
  • Robert Tepper, MD
  • James Walsh, MD, PhD
  • Kenneth White, PhD
  • Sarah Wiehe, MD
  • Richard Zellars, MD

Contact Information:

Brittney-Shea Herbert, PhD
Co-Chair, Student Research Committee
Email: brherber@iu.edu

Jonathan Tune, PhD
Co-Chair, Student Research Committee
Email: jtune@iupui.edu

Anne Nguyen
Program Director, IMPRS
Email: annnguye@iu.edu

Jose Espada
Director, Financial Aid
Email: jespada@iu.edu