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Indiana University Jim Holland Summer Enrichment Program in Biology

who, what, when, where, why | cost | contact information | application | biography of Dr. Holland

SEP students in a science labWho: The SEP is open to high school underrepresented students (including, but not limited to African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans) in the 8th, 9th, and 10th grades (entering 9th, 10th, and 11th grades in Fall 2016).

What: The Jim Holland Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) is an exciting opportunity for Indiana underrepresented high school students to broaden their horizons in science.  Whether interested in learning more about genetics, evolution, environmental, molecular biology, plant sciences, or a host of other scientific focuses, attending the Summer Enrichment Program offers not only lectures and discussions, but also hands-on laboratory experiences.  Led by a dynamic and skilled team of Indiana University faculty members and Indiana high school teachers, students take with them more knowledge of various scientific careers as well as advanced preparation and expectation for a successful and fulfilling collegiate experience.

Sample schedules (or view them online)

When: The SEP will occur this summer from July 17-22, 2016.

Where: The SEP takes place at Indiana University at Bloomington, a leading educational and research institution.  Participants will be housed in a dormitory on the beautiful Bloomington campus.

Why: The issue of the small number of underrepresented students studying the sciences and choosing careers in the sciences has become a matter of national concern.  The Department of Biology at Indiana University Bloomington not only strives to increase awareness of these facts, but also to develop interest in the sciences among underrepresented high school students.  Of course, the crucial key in reaching students and enriching their knowledge of biology is to capture their attention early on.

Cost & Support: If accepted, we require a $50 non-refundable registration fee due at the time of acceptance into the program.  Transportation costs to and from Indiana University Bloomington are at the expense of the program participants.  Room and board are paid for by the SEP.  This program is made possible by the IU College of Arts & Sciences; Indiana University Department of Biology; IU Office of Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs; and Cook Incorporated of Bloomington, IN.

Additional Information: Read the sidebar to the right for more information about applying to the program.  If you have questions or concerns, or to request more information, please contact Jennifer Tarter by phone at (812) 856-3984.

Application: Complete application includes student application form, parent/guardian form, counselor form, and two teacher recommendation forms (one each from a science and math teacher; teacher may write letter of recommendation on school letterhead paper and attach to form). Student or parent/guardian provides URL ( to counselor and teachers so they can access forms. Forms are fillable PDFs. Be sure to save forms to your computer before completing, saving, and printing them. (Some applications may not allow you to save the completed form.) Only printed forms and recommendation letters will be accepted. No faxed or emailed forms please. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Student Application
Parent/Guardian Form
Counselor Form: Course/Grade Verification
Teacher Recommendation Form

Biography of Professor Jim Holland

(December 31, 1934-March 24, 1998)

Dr. James HollandDr. James P. "Jim" Holland was the kind of professor every student wanted and every professor strived to become.  His love for biology and his enthusiasm for the subject were contagious.   He was someone who could remember your name, even after meeting you only once; Professor Holland somehow turned a large university into a small, special place.

Professor Holland came to Indiana University Bloomington to study zoology in what is now the Department of Biology, earning two degrees in endocrinology: a master's degree in 1958 and a doctorate in 1961.  After postdoctoral studies, he joined the Howard University faculty.

In 1967, Professor Holland returned to IU as an associate professor in the biology department.  It was here that he continued to research reproductive endocrinology, examining the mechanism by which thyroid hormones influence reproductive physiology in the female.

During the next 30 years, Professor Holland’s commitment to Indiana University was exceptional, ranging from recruiting and mentoring students to serving as associate dean and interim dean of the graduate school.  He was awarded the Indiana University Distinguished Service Award in 1994. One of his greatest legacies, however, was his devotion to education: more than 11,000 undergraduate students took courses from Jim Holland. He also received many “outstanding” or “distinguished” faculty/teaching awards.  In 1997, then IU Bloomington Chancellor Kenneth Gros Louis created the Chancellor’s Medallion, an award that recognizes those individuals who provided transcendent service to the Bloomington campus.  Holland was named the first recipient of this prestigious award.  Chancellor Gros Louis noted that Professor Holland had served on every significant university committee and had earned every major teaching award there was on the Bloomington campus—especially those voted on by students.

More importantly, Professor Holland worked tirelessly to address the needs of underrepresented students on campus.  He organized and participated in summer enrichment programs for high school students and summer research programs for college undergraduates.  Professor Holland was also the faculty advisor for the Ernest Just Organization in Biology, an undergraduate club at IU named in honor of the first African American to receive a doctorate in both physiology and zoology.

Professor Holland devoted his life to his family, friends, students, and the university until his untimely death on March 24, 1998. Holland had battled cancer for years. Despite the hardships brought about by his failing health, he continued to teach; it was Holland’s love for his chosen profession that kept him going.  Jim Holland’s legacy will live on, not only in the hearts of his loved ones, but also through his former students whose lives he touched, as well as through new generations of students who will find inspiration from his legacy.

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