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Department of Biology

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Jim Holland Summer Science Research Program

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About Us

The Jim Holland Summer Science Research Program is a one-week academic program, funded by Indiana University and the National Science Foundation, designed to introduce high school students to scientific research.

The Jim Holland Summer Science Research program targets high achieving underrepresented high school students who are interested in a career in the sciences.

  • Students are assigned to work with a faculty member or graduate student on a specific area of research unique to the mentor’s area of expertise.
  • Students will be assigned a mentor with whom they will make contact to discuss possible projects involving research in the host lab. Participants should also become familiar with their mentor’s research area through reviewing web sites, journal articles, etc.
  • Students may be working alongside high school or college students (graduate and post doctorate), technicians, high school teachers, and/or visiting professors. The ability to work at times with little supervision is a must. Mentors will guide the research project and the Program Director will make daily visits to address any questions or concerns.
  • Labs will vary in their expectations and requirements. Each participant will receive a general introduction, tour, training in any necessary techniques, procedures, operation of equipment, expectations about working hours, and lab etiquette and meetings.  As part of the research process, participants may be required to conduct many repetitive procedures and should expect to return to the lab in the evenings.
  • Participants are expected to work with their mentor to complete the research and prepare for their presentation while respecting issues of confidentiality, rigor, and time for careful review.

During the week of the program, participants will:

  • have practical laboratory experience under the supervision of Biology faculty to gain insight into how and why scientific research is done;
  • document their experience and communicate their work in a Poster Session at the conclusion of the program

Who Can Apply?

Students who are currently in grades 9, 10, and 11 (grades 10, 11, and 12 in Fall 2016) and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 (non-weighted) are eligible to apply. Application deadline is March 18, 2016 extended to March 25, 2016.

Students will be notified of acceptance status by the week of April 25, 2016.

Program Dates

Sunday, July 10 – Sunday, July 17, 2016

How to Apply

Complete application includes student application form, parent/guardian form, counselor form, and teacher recommendation form. Student or parent/guardian provides URL to this page ( to school counselor and teachers so they can access the appropriate forms. 

Forms are fillable PDFs. Be sure to save forms to your computer before completing, saving, and printing them. (Some applications may not allow you to save the completed form.) Only printed forms will be accepted. No faxed or emailed forms please. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. (Invited students should access the required application forms from the web page specified in their invitation.)

SSRP Student Application Form
SSRP Parent/Guardian Information Form
SSRP Counselor Application Form
SSRP Teacher Recommendation Form

Application deadline is March 18, 2016 extended to March 25, 2016.

For More Information

Indiana University Department of Biology
Attn: Jim Holland SSRP Selection Committee
1001 E. 3rd St./Jordan Hall 326
Bloomington, IN 47405-7005
(812) 856-3984

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