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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?

Application is by invitation only.  Applicants must have previously participated in the IU Jim Holland Summer Enrichment Program in Biology (SEP) and be recommended by SEP staff, IU Biology faculty, and/or the Program Director.

Students will be notified of acceptance status by the week of April 27, 2015. 

Program Dates 

Sunday, July 12 – Sunday, July 19, 2015

For More Information

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

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