IUPUI Undergraduate Research Mentoring in the Biological Sciences (URM)

The IUPUI URM aims to prepare and encourage high potential historically underrepresented undergraduate students to enter science careers, take on leadership roles, and to enter and complete graduate programs. Full time stipends will support IUPUI URM Fellows to undertake year-round research projects, usually beginning in the summer following the sophomore year and continuing for two years until graduation.

Research will be carried out under the mentorship of faculty members with research interests in the broad field of biological signaling encompassing many science disciplines including biology, chemistry, physics, biomedical engineering, and informatics. In addition to intensive mentoring in the research laboratory, Fellows will regularly interact with an interdisciplinary group of life scientists, participate in career development workshops, and receive graduate entrance exam tutoring and financial aid in graduate school applications. Graduate-degree holding mentors from minority groups will serve as additional role models and resource people.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 55 credit hours (completed sophomore year) in Science, Engineering, or Informatics; or incoming IUPUI-IVY Tech Bridges to the Baccalaureate participants
  • Enrolled full-time at IUPUI for duration of fellowship
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher
  • U.S. citizen, or permanent resident

Program Benefits

  • year-round stipend ($15,000/yr)
  • two years of research under the mentorship of IUPUI faculty
  • help with preparation for and application to graduate school


Application Deadline: Jan. 16, 2015. For a program application, please email: urm@iupui.edu

Program Resources


Prof. Stephen Randall
Dept. of Biology
Email: srandal@iupui.edu
Phone: 317-274-0592


Prof. Brenda Blacklock
Dept. of Chemistry
Email: bblacklo@iupui.edu
Phone: 317-278-8181