Project SEED 2015 Application Deadline: April 1

*The application and dates for the 2016 program will be available on February 1, 2016 If you need information sooner, please email

Dear high school students, parents and teachers,

Thank you for your interest in the Indiana CTSI- Project SEED Summer Research Internship Program at IUPUI. Because of the substantial opportunity this program presents, a good application will require time to complete. We anticipate another program of 60 interns. With 15-20 interns returning for a second summer, we anticipate accepting 40-45 new. We expect over 150 applicants as last year. As we cannot accept every applicant, we do encourage you to explore other programs that help prepare students for a career in science and other STEM fields.

Availability of stipend funds is limited so we welcome the application of students who can undertake this internship as unpaid volunteers. We do however want to encourage the participation of students from low income families and we plan to provide a stipend of $2,500 to 20 new interns who qualify in accordance to the ACS criteria for family income. Please click to read the financial guidelines determine stipend eligibility.

All applicants must have completed 2 semesters of chemistry before the program begins and be:

Mature Sophomores – going into Junior year
Juniors – going into Senior year
Seniors* – going into college.

*There are laboratories that require students to be 18 so we encourage Seniors to apply.

In preparation, please:

1.   Have your guidance counselor provide you with a school transcript as you will be required to enter many of your course grades into our application.  Also gather up scores for your SAT, PSAT, ACT and any AP or IB exams that you have taken. Sometimes these scores appear on your school transcript, sometimes not.  Please ask your guidance counselor! (If you have not taken these exams write n/a in those fields as they are 'not available')

2.   Create an email account that you will use for the SEED application and for your future college applications. I personally recommend yahoo or gmail, and I recommend dignified email names like or to be more professional rather than

Students may also need to help parents create a free email account as they will need to complete part 4 - the Parent and Financial Information section of the application.

3.   Please make arrangements to attend the mandatory March 14 meeting.
Click here for March 14 meeting location and details on page 2

Updates and News. If you would like to receive updates and news about the summer research program, please send an email to  Please include your name, high school, graduation year and other relevant details.  

 Important Dates:

March 14 - Required Student/Parent Information Meeting at the campus of IUPUI. Click here for details on page 2.

April 1 - Application deadline.  All online information should be completed

May 10 - All students will be notified of acceptance status.

June 1 and July 24* - Start and Finish dates for the summer research program. Accepted interns MUST attend an orientation program on Sunday evening, May 31. Details will be sent along with the student acceptance notifications on May 10.

Summer Research Application.

1. General Information - click here. This application asks your basic information, school, addresses, and interests.

2. Academic Achievement - click here. Be accurate.  You will need to submit your transcript for verification if you are accepted.  You may need to look at your transcript.

3. Teacher Recommendation - click here. 
Be sure to give your teacher/s at least 1 week advance notice. It takes time. 
 Other mentors and people in your life may write a recommendation also.  Give teachers the link to the website

4. Parent and Financial Information click here. 
IMPORTANT: This should be completed by your parent/s or legal guardian/s with whom you live. The Parent should have an email different from the student email in parts 1 and 2 so we can communicate with the parent separately. The financial information is required by our sponsors and determines financial eligibility of students receiving a stipend.

All students must have this form completed, even when not interested in the stipend.  We realize that some parents do not file taxes until after our application deadline of April 1. This should not be an obstacle because most of the information can be determined from W-2 forms or public assistance forms.  Note that all students who are offered a stipend with acceptance will need to submit copies of the 2014 tax return before the program starts.  Please read the financial guidelines document to determine stipend eligibility – click here

After reading this page if you still have questions please contact our program coordinator, Elmer Sanders, by email: or by phone: (317) 514-3212