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IU-MSI STEM Initiatives

IU-MSI Summer Scholars Institute
June 2 – July 28, 2017

The Summer Scholars Institute, an eight-week program held at the IU Bloomington and IUPUI campuses, enrolls select HBCU and IU students from our partner institutions. These STEM Scholars engage in continuous, substantive research at the Summer Scholars Institute and their universities.

  • Eighty-five percent of scholars' academic time during the institute is spent in research projects with HBCU and IU faculty.
  • Other activities include:
    • Colloquia with IU-MSI STEM Initiative faculty, professionals, and other academics
    • Committee on Institutional Cooperation Summer Research Opportunities Program
    • Technical writing training
    • GRE preparation
    • Social activities
  • Summer Scholars live in IU dorms.
  • Summer Scholars receive a $4,000 stipend, plus room and board.

2014 Summer Scholars cohort

The 2014 STEM Summer Scholars Cohort


2017 Applications are Now Available

The dates for the 2017 STEM Summer Scholars Institute are June 2nd through July 28th. Your application is due by February 20, 2016.

Scholar in lab

Eighty-five percent of scholars' academic time during the institute is spent in research projects.

To be considered for the 2017 Summer Scholars Institute, a completed application and supporting documents must be submitted to the Indiana University Graduate School by February 20, 2017. Early applicants will receive priority consideration.

Summer Scholars should plan to arrive before 5:00 pm on Friday, June 2, 2017, and can depart after the Closing Luncheon scheduled from 10:30 am-1:30 pm on July 28, 2017.

To be considered for the STEM Summer Scholars Institute, please submit:

  1. A completed Summer Scholars Institute application.
    Please note that the application form requires each applicant to identify three faculty mentors, in priority order, for whom they would like to work during the summer. The list of faculty mentors available for the institute can be found by clicking this link: STEM Summer Scholars Institute Participating Faculty. The application also includes space to provide rationale for why that faculty member should consider you as a mentee for the institute. This brief rationale will focus on the specific faculty mentor and his/her research areas and should enhance the personal statement listed above.
  2. An unofficial transcript from the college you are currently attending (an official transcript will be required once a participation offer has been accepted).
  3. Personal statement (2 pages maximum) which includes the following:
    1. Why do I want to participate in the Summer Scholars Institute; that is, what do I hope to gain from this summer research experience?
    2. What are my short- and long-term career goals?
    3. What are my academic (master's, doctorate, or another graduate or professional degree) goals?
    4. List personal qualities, research, and/or technical skills that may enhance your research experience.
  4. Two letters of recommendation (i.e., faculty member or employer who can evaluate your potential for graduate school, taking into consideration your accomplishments, intellectual prowess, independent work habits, capacity for critical and analytical thinking, and ability to organize and express ideas clearly). These letters should be sent via email (preferably as a PDF file) to by the due date.

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Previous STEM Summer Scholars Institutes

See what sort of research projects earlier SSI scholars have pursued in SSI Highlights.


For Information about the Summer Scholars Institute, contact:

  • Sarah Larson
    Program Coordinator
    IU-MSI STEM Initiative
    Indiana University

  • Dr. Jack L. Schmit
    Assistant Dean, University Graduate School
    Coordinator, IU-MSI STEM Initiative

  • Dr. Janice Blum
    Director of the Graduate Office, IUPUI
    Associate Dean, Indiana University Graduate School


Sarah Larson
Program Coordinator
IU-MSI STEM Initiative
Indiana University