Molecular Medicine in Action

Helping Indiana high schoolers explore careers in science and medicine.

Molecular Medicine In Action (MMIA) is a free program that was developed by representatives of the Riley Children’s Foundation, the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research, IU School of Medicine, the Indiana Association of Biology Teachers, and the Hoosier Association of Science Teachers. Their hope was to inspire high school students interested in pursuing careers in science by providing a real-world look and hands-on experience with cutting-edge medical research that will revolutionize healthcare in the 21st Century.

MMIA is an annual program that seeks a diverse group of talented students who have demonstrated interest and potential in science. The selected cohort will spend two days learning about the latest techniques in molecular biology, cytogenetics, and cancer therapy, including analysis of gene expression, imaging technology, and modulation of cancer cell growth. 

Applications for the 2022 program are currently closed. They will reopen for the 2023 program later this year.

Applications closed for 2022

The 2022 Molecular Medicine in Action Program takes place on Sunday, March 6 and Monday, March 7, 2022. We are no longer accepting applications at this time. Look for the application for the 2023 program later this year.

What participants are saying about MMIA

Past participants shared their thoughts following their experience in the Molecular Medicine in Action Program:

“I am so grateful to have been a part of this opportunity!” - Hannah from Newburgh
“I found the program really informative and helpful. It was definitely a nice way to get people an opportunity to experience science careers.” - Lucia from Indianapolis
“The program was amazing, and I would do it again in a heartbeat!” - Addie from Mooreland
“The only thing that could have made it better was if it was longer!!” - Victoria from Evansville
“This program was extremely well- organized and catered to various interests and aspects in the medical/research field.” -Jui from Avon
“This program helped me narrow down the career field I want to go into.” - Francisco from Indianapolis

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Molecular Medicine in Action?
    Molecular Medicine in Action is a two-day, hands-on program for Indiana high school sophomore, junior and senior students. Participants will learn about goals and methodologies that are applied by scientists at IU to investigate the molecular, cellular and genetic mechanisms that contribute to diseases, including cancer, diabetes, stem cells and angiogenesis.
  • What are the application requirements?
     Note: Applications for the 2023 program will open later this year.

    To apply to the MMIA program, you must be an Indiana high school student (grade 10-12) and able to attend BOTH days of the program on Sunday, March 6 and Monday, March 7. 

    Before you apply, you will need:
    • The name and email address of your nominating teacher
    • The name, address and phone number of your current high school
    • Your school principal's name
    • The email address of your parent/guardian
    • A brief (250-word max) essay is required: Why do you want to participate in this program and why should you be selected?

    Additionally, be prepared to answer questions related to your extracurricular and volunteer activities and completed science courses. 
  • What are MMIA’s goals?
    • Increase students’ excitement and awareness for education and career opportunities in science
    • Provide hands-on learning in a state-of-the art medicine and allied health environment
    • Increase the number of students that ultimately select science as a career choice
  • What will I learn if I am selected?

    At MMIA, you'll explore the breadth of educational pathways and career opportunities in medicine and science. You'll meet scientists, clinicians, counselors and professors at IU School of Medicine and IU Health. You'll also learn about various case studies, concepts and methodologies that are actively used in IU research laboratories at the Wells Center.

  • What will I do during MMIA?

    Molecular Medicine in Action features engaging group discussions on current events in science, such as infectious diseases, genetics, bioethics, and careers in science in medicine. Additionally, students will participate in hands-on experiments in active laboratories at the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research, including those that focus on cancer, diabetes, immunology, cytogenetics, and more!

    • Work side-by-side with IU School of Medicine researchers and physicians in laboratory work stations
    • Learn where we are in the fight against cancer and diabetes
    • Learn how modern molecular biology techniques are used for gene discovery, mutation analysis and cellular function
    • Meet and interact with top scientists and other high school student from across the State of Indiana
  • Who supervises MMIA?

    MMIA is jointly organized by a team of faculty and staff at the Wells Center and a committee of Indiana science teachers. During the event, teacher volunteers and a team of IU faculty and staff are committed to supervising the event and keeping student participants safe.

  • What is IU's policy on in-person events?
     Large events hosted at Indiana University (including Molecular Medicine in Action) must adhere to university health and safety policies, which remain fluid due to the ongoing pandemic. Currently, there are no policies that advise against in-person events for spring 2022. Selected applicants and their parents/guardians will be notified of event changes as they arise.
  • What are IU's guidelines for campus visitors, including MMIA participants and teacher volunteers?
    For information on health and safety conduct while participating in the program, view Indiana University’s guidance for campus visitors.
  • My question isn't answered here. Who can I contact?
    For questions related to Molecular Medicine in Action, contact MMIA Program Coordinator Katie Sodrel (