About Indy Project STEM

The Indiana CTSI Project STEM develops the pipeline of future scientists, clinicians and STEM professionals through programmatic support for interns in the Indianapolis Project STEM, Indianapolis Project SEED and the Future Scientist Program, and facilitating other programs across Indiana that provide high school students the opportunity to explore a career in the sciences and be involved in research at an industry or university setting.

Photo 2015 Summer Research Interns
Photo 2014 Summer Research Interns
Photo 2014 Interns at the Indiana CTSI offices
Photo 2014 Interns in front of Eskenazi Health


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Welcome to the Indiana CTSI Project STEM, developing the pipeline of future scientists through support for the Indianapolis Project SEED, Indianapolis Project STEM and Future Scientist Program programs.

This website provides information for the Indianapolis Project STEM program. It is designed to be an information center for high school students who want to explore a career in any of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields such as Medicine, Dentistry, Computer Science, Information Technology, Life Sciences, Chemistry, Bio-Medical Engineering and others. To support students and their families in identifying programs most suitable for each, we have created a directory of high school internship programs and other opportunities across Indiana and the nation. To find a program best suited for you based on your location, grade or other criteria, please click here to read a brief description of each program, links and contacts.

If after reading this information you would like help in identifying programs, please feel free to contact Program Director Elmer Sanders at (317) 278-2817 or elsander@iu.edu or Student Coordinator Emily Speidell at (260) 450-8840 or eespeidell16@gmail.com.

Indianapolis Project STEM 2020 applications open

We look forward to having another extraordinary program this year. The application page is now open at the application tab above, please click here to read a brief description of each program, links and contacts.

We anticipate that the 2020 program will be similar to recent years with 40-50 students. Together with other Indy programs and partner program across Indiana will be 120 students presenting at the end of summer Symposium and Poster Session.

Upcoming Events

On March 7 there will be an information meeting for students and parents to learn more about the program and meet with committee and summer team members.  The meeting times and    location will be sent to all students who complete the invitation form on the application tab at   www.IndyProjectSTEM.org/application

If additional events become available in 2020, event details will be posted on the STEM outreach directory at www.IndianaProjectSTEM.org/stem.pdf

Program Basics

The program is designed to provide students a "hands-on" internship experience in one of the STEM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine with the end result of improving health or quality of life for humanity.

Students are accepted into the program based on their high school grade transcripts (one year of chemistry is mandatory), written essays, and teacher recommendations.

Through an interview process, students are matched with research preceptors who host and mentor them in their labs. As a training ground for future careers, it is a full time experience for the students, Monday-Friday, 8 hours a day for 8 weeks.

The Project STEM Young Scientist™ Curriculum

In addition to the training received by the research mentor, additional training is provided on a weekly basis. Interns have the opportunity to undertake the Young Scientist™ curriculum which covers a broad listing of topics to prepare high school students through the end of high school, undergraduate college or university studies, and graduate or professional schools.