Indiana University

IUPUI open houses give high school students scoop on launching science careers

High school students will have opportunities on three Fridays this fall to explore academic programs available to launch careers in a wide range of scientific endeavors -- from the life and health sciences to computer, earth and actuarial sciences to chemistry, physics and psychology and dozens of other fields.

Students attending a School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis open house on Oct. 28, Nov. 11 or Nov. 18 can choose from three cutting edge tracks:

  • Life Health Sciences: Degree programs that are helping to make Indiana a leader in life sciences and that will prepare students for success in medical, dental, nursing or vet schools.
  • 21st Century Careers: Degree programs with major career potential -- computer science, mathematics, actuarial science, biotechnology, chemistry, physics and dual degrees with engineering.
  • Science Exploration: Degree and pre-professional programs in math and science -- biology, computer science, mathematics, earth sciences, geology, forensic & investigative sciences, chemistry, physics, and psychology.

Each information packed day includes specially tailored sessions with students, faculty and advisors; lab and classroom tours; admissions information; and a campus or city tour. Parents are welcome to attend along with their students.

Each open house is designed to intrigue students in science and to show what IUPUI has to offer including funded undergraduate research opportunities, work/internship programs, free tutoring and peer mentorship, themed learning communities and opportunities offered on a dynamic urban campus shared with Indiana's only medical and dental schools.

"Coming to study science at IUPUI presents the opportunity to explore a unique path of experiences in the classroom with top notch professors, and in labs, clinics and other settings that prepare students, often with paid internships, for the world beyond college," said Simon Rhodes, Ph.D., dean of the School of Science at IUPUI and professor of biology. "Our students come to IUPUI ready to explore and leave prepared for a workforce that is increasingly called upon to be science focused."

The School of Science at IUPUI brings teachers, researchers and students from throughout the state, around the Midwest, across the country and from other nations together with a vision linking outstanding cutting edge education with industry through internships, co-op opportunities, and employment. Forty-three percent of current freshmen in the School of Science were in the top ten percent of their high school class. Approximately a quarter of School of Science freshmen are minority or international students.

IUPUI is ranked third among national universities in the "Up-and-Comers" category in U.S. News & World Report's 2012 edition of Best Colleges.

A detailed schedule, map and registration form are located at 2011 School of Science @ IUPUI Open Houses. Spaces are limited so early registration is encouraged.