STEM Summer Scholars Institute
June 1 – July 27, 2018
The STEM Summer Scholars Institute is designed to provide intensive, full-time summer research experiences for students interested in pursuing a PhD as part of their future academic pursuits.
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.
The 2017 STEM Summer Scholars Cohort
2018 Applications will be accessible here
The dates for the 2018 STEM Summer Scholars Institute are: June 2 - July 28, 2018. The application will be accessible on December 1, 2017 and materials mentioned in sections A, B, and C below are due on, or before, February 19, 2018.
Please NOTE: The STEM Summer Scholars Institute is designed to provide intensive, full-time summer research experiences for students interested in pursuing a PhD as part of their future academic pursuits.
Eighty-five percent of scholars' academic time during the institute is spent in research projects.
To be considered for the 2018 Summer Scholars Institute, a completed application and supporting documents must be submitted to the Indiana University Graduate School by February 19, 2018. Early applicants will receive priority consideration.
Summer Scholars should plan to arrive before 5:00 pm on Friday, June 1, 2018, and can depart after the Closing Luncheon scheduled from 10:30 am-1:30 pm on July 27, 2018.
To be considered for the STEM Summer Scholars Institute, please submit:
- 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.
- An unofficial transcript from the college you are currently attending (an official transcript will be required once a participation offer has been accepted).
- Personal statement (2 pages maximum) which includes the following:
- Why do I want to participate in the Summer Scholars Institute; that is, what do I hope to gain from this summer research experience?
- What are my short- and long-term career goals?
- What are my academic (master's, doctorate, or another graduate or professional degree) goals?
- List personal qualities, research, and/or technical skills that may enhance your research experience.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org by the due date.
Previous STEM Summer Scholars Institutes
See what sort of research projects earlier SSI scholars have pursued in SSI Highlights.