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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

Undergraduate Associates

Program Requirements
Course Requirements

Undergraduate Associates are required to take two seven-week CBLS courses in no particular order:

  • X418 Global Events and Trends Impacting the Life Sciences Industry (1.5 credits)
  • X419 Life Sciences Industries from Research to Patient (1.5 credits)

Each course is offered one time per academic year. X419 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, X418  meets the second seven weeks each Tuesday from 6:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. It is recommended that these courses be taken no earlier than the junior year.

During the senior year, students may choose to take an optional course BUS-G400 Workshop in Economic Consulting.  This course focuses on the pharmaceutical industry.  Please check with CBLS as to which semester the course will be offered. *The completion of this course counts as two required life sciences experiences.

Life Sciences Experience Requirements

In addition to successfully completing the two courses prior to graduation, students must participate in two 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 these courses, please contact Kelli Conder to report your experiences for each semester you were in the program.

Certificate in the Business of Life Sciences

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. The certificate is usually awarded in the spring semester during the life sciences day program. 

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