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



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) 514-3212 or elmer.sanders@yahoo.com or Student Coordinator Shari Harrison at (317) 332-7326 or harrison.shari@gmail.com.

Indianapolis Project STEM 2016 applications open

We look forward to having another extraordinary program this year. The application page is now open at the application tab above, www.IndyProjectSTEM.org/application.

We anticipate that the 2016 will be similar to the 2015 program. We anticipate placements for 30-40 students and together with other programs we anticipate another 100 students at the end of summer poster session. For 2015 information, please click:

2015 Indiana High School Scientific Research Symposium and Poster Session

Upcoming Events

To promote the advancement of science and all STEM related fields, we host meetings each year and also recommend others from membership societies and other organizations serving Indiana. To see a list of upcoming events, visit www.IndianaProjectSTEM.org/events.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.