Diversity Scholars Research Program (DSRP)

The IUPUI Diversity Scholars Research Program (DSRP) is a performance-based scholarship directed toward academically talented first-time or incoming transfer students. The program is meant for students who want to continuously engage in faculty-mentored research while pursuing their degree at IUPUI. Scholars from racial and ethnic populations who have been historically underrepresented in institutions of higher education and whose presence will enhance the learning environment through increased diversity at IUPUI are encouraged to apply.

Participants in the program are members of a community of undergraduate students who benefit from individual support, research activities, faculty mentoring and scholarship funding that leads to graduation with a four-year degree. Priority is given to incoming high school students, although continuing IUPUI students, as well as transfer students, may also apply. Awards are based on availability and applicants’ qualifications. These highly competitive awards are given to students in a variety of IUPUI majors/disciplines. A scholar may continue in the program for up to 4 years if he/she maintains a cumulative 3.0 GPA.

General Eligibility Requirements
Poster Session
  • Majoring in any subject
  • Enrolled full-time at IUPUI
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Priority will be given to Indiana residents
Requirements for incoming high school students:
  • Student must be in the top 25% of their graduating class and have at least a 1070 SAT score (old) or 1140 SAT score (new) on the 1600 scale (math and critical reasoning sections only), or 23 ACT score
  • Cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Student must have at least a B grade in all math and science courses
  • Student must supply at least two (2) letters of recommendation from teachers addressing the student's potential to conduct research
Requirements for current IUPUI students and transfer students:
  • Minimum 25 credit hours earned
  • At least 2 years (4 academic year semesters) remaining at IUPUI (incoming sophomore or junior)
  • Cumulative college GPA of 3.3 or higher
  • Students must already be engaged in research or have previous exposure to research
  • Student must supply at least two (2) letters of recommendation from mentors addressing the student's research experience
Poster Session
Program Benefits
  • Opportunity to work with a faculty mentor, conducting hands-on research for up to 4 years
  • Support for up to 4 years of undergraduate tuition and fees (at the in-state Indiana rate)
  • Competitive stipend for books and supplies
  • Housing will be provided on a needs base


To apply to DSRP please: Click Here to Apply. The deadline for applications is March 1st.

NOTE:  You must also submit two letters of support from teachers or instructors to complete your application.

Letters of support are to be sent to Tonya L. Shelton (toshelto@iupui.edu) no later than March 8, 2017. The subject line of the message should read: DSRP letter of support. The attached letter should use the following file name: DSRP_ApplicantName.docx or DSRP_ApplicantName.pdf. Letters of support will need to describe the applicant’s prior research experience and/or assess the applicant in the areas of critical thinking, self-motivation, and intellectual curiosity.


Tonya L. Shelton, M.S.Ed.
Program Manager
Center for Research and Learning
A Division of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
911 W. Michigan Street, University Tower (HO) Suite 202, Indianapolis, IN 46202-5195
Fax: 317-278-3294


To apply to DSRP please go to the Office of Student Scholarships. The deadling for applications is March 1st.


Contact Tonya L. Shelton, M.S.Ed. for more information.