The Indiana Medical Student Program for Research and Scholarship (IMPRS) facilitates IU School of Medicine medical student participation in various medical research and experiential opportunities including laboratory, clinical, health research outcomes and community health education. The goal is to make 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 research and scholarly options and to enrich the research and scholarly education for all IU School of Medicine medical students.


To be eligible to apply to the IMPRS program, the applicant must be a current IU School of Medicine student in Phase 1 Year 1.


IMPRS is an 8-10 week program May – July depending on the track. 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. The posters will be judged and twenty projects will be selected to compete for awards in the oral presentation.

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 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.

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. Students are encouraged to apply to multiple programs; each track has specific requirements. Below is a general list of items requested for the application.

  • A letter from IU School of Medicine confirming academic good standing
  • MCAT scores
  • A professional letter of reference
  • General Release of Information Form
  • A list of 3-8 faculty mentors of choice that you have interacted or researched (click here to access the IU School of Medicine ReSEARCH Connect)
  • A list of preferred campus to do the summer internship
  • Research idea, project idea, research interest/focus etc.


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
  • Bradley Allen, MD, PhD
  • Janice Blum, PhD
  • Dawn Bravato, MD
  • Steven Chan, Medical Student 2016-2018
  • Robert Considine, PhD
  • Linda DiMeglio, MD
  • Jose Espada
  • Ryan Kabir, Medical Student 2016-2018
  • Andrew Lobashevsky MD, PhD, D(ABHI)
  • Barbara Luve-Beckerman, PhD
  • Raghu Mirmira, MD
  • Fred Pavalko, PhD
  • Peter Roach, PhD
  • Adam Roth, Medical Student 2016-2018
  • Anne Nguyen
  • Michael Sturek, PhD
  • Robert Tepper, MD
  • James Walsh, MD, PhD
  • Beth Whipple, MLS, AHIP
  • Kenneth White, PhD
  • Sarah Wiehe, MD
  • Mervin Yoder, Jr., MD
  • Richard Zellars, MD

Contact Information:

Brittney-Shea Herbert, PhD
Co-Chair, IMPRS
Email: brherber@iu.edu

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

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