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Graduate Programs and Diversity

The Indiana University School of Medicine - Graduate Division strives to recruit a diverse population of graduate students.  Diversity in background, outlook and interest is inherent in the practice of science, and appreciation and understanding of such diversity is an important aspect of scientific training.   The Graduate Division recognizes that the academic and scientific community benefits from diversity through the joining together of ideas brought from different points of view.   The Graduate Division strives to recruit students from diverse backgrounds influenced by such factors as ethnicity, gender, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, physical ability, and socioeconomic status. 

Below you will find a listing of recruitment and retention programs and resources that demonstrate our dedication to diversity.


Getting You Into IUPUI

The goal of this program is to broaden the participation of underrepresented students in Ph.D. studies at IUPUI and Indiana University Bloomington. This three day event is typically held each October. Students have an option to visit both the IUPUI and Bloomington campuses during the recruitment visit.

Applicants to “Getting You Into IUPUI” and “Getting You into IU” must be nominated by an advisor, faculty member or other mentor in order to be considered. The Indiana University Graduate School, the IUPUI Graduate Office and partners will provide all travel, lodging, and meals for visiting participants selected for this program.


Recruitment Fairs and Annual Conferences

The IBMG Program Director, as well as students and faculty from our programs attend many conferences and graduate school recruitment fairs throughout the academic year. These include the national Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans (SACNAS) conference, the Puerto Rican - CIC Caravan, the CIC Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) Conference, and the National Institutes of Health Graduate and Professional School Fair

Check out the Recruitment Calendar for more details.


Bridges to the Doctorate Initiative

The IUSM Bridges to the Doctorate initiative has recently received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for an additional 5 years. This unique program bridges Masters Students from Jackson State University and California State University, Dominguez Hills to the Ph.D. programs offered at IUSM. Originally awarded in June 2003, one of the main goals of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the biomedical sciences. During the summer months, Bridges students attend IUPUI and affiliate with a research laboratory/mentor from one of the IU School of Medicine Basic Science Departments. The IUPUI mentor also sits on the student’s Master’s thesis committee and is involved with the student during the academic year. The student performs research in that laboratory; present/publish results at national meeting(s). In addition, they attend workshops/classes and mentor other undergraduate minority students who are participating in the IUPUI summer research program for prospective medical students. This program guarantees 12 month stipend and fee remission for all Bridges students. Since the beginning of the program seven Bridges students have matriculated into IUSM doctoral programs and six have matriculated into Ph.D. programs at other institutions. For more information visit:


Indiana University-HBCU STEM Initiative

Indiana University in partnership with multiple HBCUs have created The STEM Initiative to focus on the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. The vision of the partnership is to increase the number of minority students in STEM graduate programs, provide research opportunities for students and build multi-institutional STEM research collaborations. The STEM Initiative partners are: Alabama A&M University, Bennett College for Women, Clark Atlanta University, Hampton University, Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Jackson State University, Langston University, Morehouse College, Morgan State University and Xavier University of Louisiana. Students from the HBCUs attend Indiana University campuses in Indianapolis and Bloomington for research experiences in the summer – they receive full room and board as well as a stipend. In addition, there are collaborative research interactions and exchanges at the faculty level to build long-term relationships. A good deal of the STEM Summer Scholars participate in research within the School of Medicine and are mentored by School of Medicine Faculty. For more information visit:


Second Look Program

In order to learn more about the School of Medicine and Indianapolis, the Graduate Division and Office of Multicultural Affairs host the Annual IBMG Second Look Program each April. Underrepresented minority IBMG applicants, who are accepted into the IBMG Program, return to learn more about the IUSM, IBMG program, student community, and Indianapolis. 

The Graduate Division collaborates with Med School Admissions Office, to offer this program in conjunction with the Med School Second Look Program.


Summer Research Opportunities at the Indiana University School of Medicine 

Indiana University (IU) and the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) offer many excellent research and internship programs for high school, college, pre-med, and medical students.  To view a list of opportunities, please visit the Office of Research Affairs Student Research Opportunities.


Summer Research Opportunities Program offered by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC)

Initiated in 1986, the goal of the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue academic careers.  SROP helps prepare undergraduate students for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities.  As a member of the CIC the Indiana University School of Medicine (through the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus) participates in SROP.  For more information or to download an application, please visit SROP.


Graduate Application Fee Waiver offered through the Committee on Institutional Cooperation Free App Program

Instituted in 1996, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) FreeApp program is designed to expand participation of underrepresented students in graduate education. Through this program, prospective students can apply for a graduate application fee waiver or request graduate information for Ph.D. or Master of Fine Arts programs at CIC institutions.  As a member of the CIC the Indiana University School of Medicine (through the Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis campus) participates in the FreeApp program.  For eligibility information, frequently asked questions, and to download the application, please visit CIC FreeApp.


Indiana University Initiative for Maximizing Graduate Student Diversity - the Edwin T. Harper Scholar's Program

The IUSM Initiative for Maximizing Graduate Student Diversity program addresses the critical shortage of underrepresented minorities (URMs) in tenure track faculty positions at medical schools in the United States. The long-term goals of the program are: (a) to increase the number of URMs who matriculate in and graduate from Ph.D. programs in the basic medical sciences, and (b) to increase the number of URMs who pursue careers as independent biomedical research scientists and faculty members.

The program was named the Edwin T. Harper Scholar’s Program in honor of Dr. Edwin T. Harper, an emeritus faculty member recruited in 1959 by the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department in the Indiana University School of Medicine. The program is funded by a National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH/NIGMS R25 GM079657) grant awarded to Dr. Hal E. Broxmeyer in March 2007 as an outgrowth of the work done with the students from the Bridges to the Doctorate Program (NIH/NIGMS R25 GM067592).

The program provides scholars with two years of salary support, student insurance, tuition, a limited research supply allowance, and the opportunity to present their research at a national meeting. The scholars are also offered other unique opportunities such as: quality tutoring and funding for under-represented ethnic minority scientists with a national/international reputation to serve as role models for them by presentation of a seminar and meeting with the scholars for lunch.


The Adam W. Herbert Graduate Fellowship

The Adam W. Herbert Graduate Fellowship was created through an endowment from the President's Fund for the purpose of supporting graduate study at Indiana University for graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This endowment reflects the strong commitment of Indiana University's 17th President, Adam W. Herbert, for enhancing opportunities for underrepresented students and increasing diversity of the graduate student body, especially in the fields of science, technology and mathematics.

The fellowship will be awarded each year to students who demonstrate strong academic excellence, high potential for success, and a commitment to the graduate study in the sciences. Students will be nominated by the department in which they applied to and fellows will be awarded a four-year stipend.


Professional Networking Program

Recognizing that networking is a critical component to graduate education and postdoctoral training, the Graduate Division, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMCA), and the Underrepresented Professional and Graduate Student Organization (UPnGO) have collaborated to develop a proposal for a professional networking program for doctoral students and postdoctoral scholars. This program should be utilized as a resource to expand upon the existing professional network of students / postdoctoral scholars and enhance the primary relationship between the student / postdoctoral scholar and their PI. The program is scheduled to launch fall 2010 and is in the final stages of development.


Survey Initiatives

Several surveys have been created to enhance retention at IUSM. An end of the year survey for students moving to their selected graduate program has been created in an effort to continually improve the IBMG first year experience. Also, as mentioned above an exit survey has been created and is intended to gather information from students graduating from IUSM in order to enhance the graduate school experience for future students.


Workshops and Sessions

In collaboration with the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) Office of Post-doctoral Affairs, Office of Multicultural Affairs, IUPUI Graduate Office, IUPUI Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the Underrepresented Professional and Graduate Student Organization (UPnGO), and other offices on campus, the Graduate Division co-sponsors workshops for current graduate students. A recent addition to the roster has been the "Getting You Through IUSM" event and "The Graduate Workshop" event. For more details on past events, including agendas and handout materials, please visit Student Resources.

Check out the Event Calendar for more details of upcoming events.

Additional Resources

On-Campus Resources

Off-Campus Resources

Indiana University School of Medicine Office of Multicultural Affairs

Diversity Council

Adaptive Educational Services

McNair Scholars Opportunities 

IUPUI Underrepresented Professional and Graduate Student Organization (UPnGO)

Student Ambassador Program


Society of Latinos Student Interterest Group (SoL SIG)

IUSM Medical Student Council (SNMA)

Other Student Groups


Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship Program administered by the Gordon Research Conferences (GRC)

Hispanic Scholarship Fund 

IUSM Research

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