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Students in a lab looking at a microscope

Undergraduate research

All Forensic and Investigative Sciences students must complete a Senior Capstone internship at an approved crime laboratory or other organization or laboratory research supervised by an FIS faculty member.

The FIS program participates in a number of summer research programs including McNair, and SROP (student research opportunities program). These permit college students to do research projects with faculty and get a stipend. There are also summer opportunities for honors students. Sometimes faculty in the program have grants that employ students to do research. Often these are undergraduate students who are paid for their work. This is a great opportunity for undergraduate students to get research experience. These positions are open to students in all classes, from freshman to senior.

Faculty sometimes have unfunded research projects that are ongoing. These are sometimes used to gather data for a grant application or for a book. Undergraduate students often fill these positions.

It may not be possible for every student who graduates from our forensic science program at IUPUI to get involved in research, but we try and involve as many students as possible. 

Step 1: Learn about the research going on in the department and beyond and identify two or three areas that interest you.

  • Visit faculty research pages to learn about their fields of interest.
  • Talk to your advisor.
  • Talk to other students and your TA's about their research.
  • Look at the posters in the hallways of the department.

Step 2: Contact two or three faculty members and ask for an appointment to discuss their research and the possibility of an undergrad position on their team. If you don't hear back within a few weeks, send another email or drop by their office.

IUPUI Programs & Funding

Here are just some of the program and funding opportunities available to IUPUI students:

Life-Health Sciences Internships

Life-Health Sciences Internships connect IUPUI life and health sciences undergraduates with research and professional experience internships on and near the IUPUI campus. This program helps students to explore their career objectives and future career pathways while also fostering valuable professional connections between students and faculty and staff. The students belong to a community of interns and mentors who support one another throughout the internship experience and beyond. 

Learn more and apply

STEM Summer Internship

The STEM Summer Internship Program is funded by the Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (UCASE) at IUPUI. It aims to engage Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students in educationally purposeful activities that allow them the opportunities to examine their interest in and disposition for teaching science in middle or high schools. STEM Education Interns receive $3,000 stipends for working full-time in seven-week summer internship positions at IUPUI and other non-profit organizations in Indianapolis. 

Learn more and apply

Forensics student lands summer internship with dea forensics lab

Jessica Bosse Forensic and Investigative Sciences, Chemistry, Undergraduate