Student Research Opportunities
Being located in what the Wall Street Journal lists as the nation’s life sciences hub, you will have the opportunity to be exposed to research in a variety of ways at organizations known throughout the world.
You will be able to participate in biomedical science research, clinical research experiences at hospitals throughout the Indianapolis area, and other biomedical sciences and translational research experiences while partnering with faculty.
Summer Research in Biomedical Sciences
This program is available to both undergraduate and osteopathic medical students who are interested in devoting their time during June and July to a hands on research experience in the biomedical research laboratories. Interested students should contact any of the MU-COM investigators to obtain a research mentor.
Eli Lilly Summer Research Internship
For more than 130 years, Eli Lilly and Company, with worldwide headquarters in Indianapolis, has been a leader in the pharmaceutical industry and during the development of MU-COM has been a facilitator of our development. After seating of the class of 2017, Eli Lilly and Company generously set aside 6 medical student internship positions for some our outstanding osteopathic medical students. These students will participate in a 10 week intensive internship at the Lilly headquarters that is part of an experiential learning program students having successfully completed their first year. Scholars receive hands on experience and knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry through an intensive and enriching opportunity to learn about the drug discovery and development process, explore areas such as research, clinical trial development, regulatory, bio-ethics, and patient safety. Each student, through an assigned mentor, will be matched to a project based on business needs, skills, and interests, and will be expected to meet core requirements and present results of the project experience to a designated team.
This program is a pilot project of Eli Lilly which is solely responsible for decisions about offering this project in the future
Many MU-COM students can also partner with faculty members who share their passion for research and science. Visit faculty profiles or Investigators' Research Programs to find their research interests.
Research in the Biomedical Sciences
Mentored laboratory research experiences adds depth and breadth to the classroom and clinical experiences, potentially resulting in improved patient care.
Students play a vital role in helping move campus research forward. Research conducted in our research labs, or at one of our clinical partners, provide our students with exciting opportunities to publish articles in peer-reviewed journals, as well as attend and present at scientific meetings across the country.
Clinical and Translational Research
Various faculty at MU-COM and interested clinicians at partnering hospitals provide opportunities for medical student participation in clinical and translational research fields. Students interested in these programs should contact the associate dean for biomedical sciences, Bryan Larsen, Ph.D, or the appropriate faculty member.