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Jim Holland Summer Science Programs

Changing the Face(s) of Science

The Indiana University Jim Holland Summer Science Programs are specifically designed to address the ethnic and racial disparities that exist in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) fields. The Holland programs focus on high-achieving, underrepresented students who are currently in grades 8-11 (entering grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 in the fall)—including (but not limited to) African Americans, Hispanic Americans/Latinos, Native Americans, Native Alaskans/Native Pacific Islanders—and hopes to attract them to Indiana University for their college education. It is our goal to increase participation of students from underrepresented groups and, thus, increase diversity in the STEM fields.


Application deadline: Friday, March 24, 2017. Students will be notified of acceptance status by the last week in April.



Jim Holland Summer Enrichment Program in Biology

What: The Jim Holland Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) is an exciting opportunity for underrepresented high school students to broaden their horizons in genetics, evolution, environmental biology, molecular biology, plant sciences, and more. You'll attend lectures, take part in discussions, and participate in hands-on laboratory experiences. SEP activities are led by a dynamic and skilled team of Indiana University faculty members and Indiana high school teachers. You'll learn about scientific careers and how to prepare for a successful college experience.

Who: Underrepresented high school students in the 8th, 9th, and 10th grades (entering 9th, 10th, and 11th grades in the fall) who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (non-weighted) and are taking/have taken science and math courses.

When: July 16-21, 2017

Where: Indiana University at Bloomington. Participants will be housed in a dormitory on the beautiful Bloomington campus.

Application deadline: Friday, March 24, 2017. Students will be notified of acceptance status by the last week in April.

How to apply: A complete application includes student application form (with parent/guardian information), verified courses/grades from counselor, recommendation from science teacher, and letter of recommendation from math teacher). Read application instructions, download forms, and submit application materials »

Cost: All ACCEPTED applicants will be charged a $50, NON-REFUNDABLE registration fee.

Questions? Contact holland@indiana.edu or 812-856-3984.


Jim Holland Summer Science Research Program

What: The Jim Holland Summer Science Research Program (SSRP) is a one-week academic program designed to introduce high school students to scientific research. During the week of the program, you will be integrated into a research lab and execute a small research project (or component thereof) in collaboration with a faculty member and members of his/her lab. From this practical laboratory experience, you will gain insight into how and why scientific research is done. You will be required to document your experience and communicate your work in a poster session at the conclusion of the program.

You will contact your assigned mentor in advance to discuss possible research projects in the host lab. You should become familiar with your mentor’s research area by reviewing websites, journal articles, etc. You may be working alongside high school or college students (graduate and postdoctorate), technicians, high school teachers, and/or visiting professors. The ability to work at times with little supervision is a must. Mentors will guide the research project and the SSRP director will make daily visits to address any questions or concerns.

Labs will vary in their expectations and requirements. Each participant will receive a general introduction; tour; training in any necessary techniques, procedures, and operation of equipment; and expectations about working hours, lab etiquette, and meetings. As part of the research process, participants may be required to conduct many repetitive procedures and should expect to return to the lab in the evenings. You will be expected to work with your mentor to complete the research and prepare for your presentation while respecting issues of confidentiality, rigor, and time for careful review.

Who: Underrepresented high school students in the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades (entering 10th, 11th, and 12th grades in the fall) who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 (non-weighted), are taking/have taken science and math courses, and are interested in a science career.

When: July 9-16, 2017

Where: Indiana University at Bloomington. Participants will be housed in a dormitory on the beautiful Bloomington campus.

Application deadline: Friday, March 24, 2017. Students will be notified of acceptance status by the last week in April.

How to apply: A complete application includes student application form (with parent/guardian information), verified courses/grades from counselor, recommendation from science teacher, and letter of recommendation from math teacher). Read application instructions, download forms, and submit application materials »

Cost: All ACCEPTED applicants will be charged a $50, NON-REFUNDABLE registration fee.

Questions? Contact holland@indiana.edu or 812-856-3984.


Jim Holland Research Initiative in STEM Education

What: The Jim Holland Research Initiative in STEM Education (RISE)—the third-year component to the Holland SEP and SSRP—is a two-week residential resarch camp designed to provide STEM career and college training for rising high school seniors (students currently in grade 11). RISE scholars attend research-intensive lectures and participate in hands-on activities delivered by university faculty members. You will receive insight into the scientific process, research ethics and goals, leading research questions, and standard methodologies in the faculty members' respective fields.

You will also attend workshops on college planning—covering academic preparation for credit-bearing coursework in STEM, college admission procedures, financial advising, access to existing scholarship programs, and more. Learn how to network within the STEM fields.

RISE scholars will be awarded a $600 stipend upon successful completion of the program.

Who: Underrepresented high school students in the 11th grade (entering 12th grade in the fall) who have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 (non-weighted), are taking/have taken science and math courses, and are interested in a science career.

When: June 18-30, 2017

Where: Indiana University at Bloomington. Participants will be housed in a dormitory on the beautiful Bloomington campus.

Application deadline: Friday, March 24, 2017. Students will be notified of acceptance status by the last week in April.

How to apply: A complete application includes student application form (with parent/guardian information), verified courses/grades from counselor, recommendation from science teacher, and letter of recommendation from math teacher). Read application instructions, download forms, and submit application materials »

Cost: All ACCEPTED applicants will be charged a $50, NON-REFUNDABLE registration fee.

Questions? Contact holland@indiana.edu or 812-856-3984.


The Holland Summer Science Programs are made possible by the IU College of Arts & Sciences; IU Bloomington Department of Biology; IU Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs; and Cook Incorporated of Bloomington, Indiana.

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