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The Kelley Advantage

No matter where you are in your academic career as an undergraduate or graduate student, participation in the CBLS Student Associates program will give you an edge on the life sciences job market.

Student Associates

Graduate Associates

Program Requirements
Course Requirements

All CBLS Graduate Associates must complete the following two, 7-week courses prior to completion of their degree programs (order is not important): 

  • X518 Global Events and Trends Impacting the Life Sciences Industry (1.5 credits)
  • X519 Life Sciences Industries from Research to Patient (1.5 credits)

Each course is offered one time per academic year.  X519, meets only the second seven weeks of the fall semester on Tuesday evenings from 6:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. In the spring semester the course meets the second seven weeks only on Tuesdays from 6:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.

Bloomington campus students will attend class in a high-tech classroom in the Kelley School of Business Graduate Building and will be joined electronically by graduate students on the IUPUI campus. (See Graduate Course Syllabi.)

Additional Requirements

In addition to successfully completing the two courses prior to graduation, students must participate in two to three experiential programs each academic year during their time as Student Associates. Such programs include conferences, workshops, industry association meetings, trade shows, internships, research projects, consultancies, and articles written for CBLS. Upon completion of the two courses, you will be contacted by CBLS and asked for a report of your experiences for each semester you were in the program.

Student Associates completing the course work requirements and the experiential requirements will be given a Certificate in the Business of Life Sciences by the CBLS. This may be awarded any time before graduation. Qualified students may request the certificate after the first year and may continue as Student Associates until graduation.

Note: While the CBLS Student Associates Program involves course work, it is not an academic option of Indiana University. Students who are accepted may add this activity to their resumes, and they will receive certificates of completion upon successfully fulfilling all requirements.