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The Young Innovators Quest (YiQ) program  provides opportunities for students interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and medicine to conduct research and explore ways to enhance their creativity in a motivating, hands-on environment.

Participants experience the immersive process of formulating and developing innovation research projects of great interest to them.

  • During the first week the young innovators brainstorm and work on proposing  a problem to solve, they undergo a selection process to define the projects to work on and respective teams.
  • During the second week, participants conduct research and data collection to support the innovative solution to the selected problem.
  • During the third week students prepare their presentations and polish their communication skills.
  • Each team has the opportunity to present their innovative solutions to a public audience during the YiQ Ceremony.

Throughout the program participants enjoy a variety of STEM and skills development workshops, visit various industry partners, and meet with mentors who guide them through the process of solving a problem.

After students graduate from the summer program, they become DNOVA Alumni and are invited to future events. YiQ graduates may also opt to continue working on their projects within the YiQ Scholars program; which provides guidance, support, and mentorship.

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2024 Program Details

Application Deadline: May 30, 2024

Who is Eligible?

High school students and freshman college students

Program Fees

Registration Fee: $50 NOW $10 per student!
Tuition: $1,450 per student
Out of State Tuition: $2,900 per student

Financial Assistance to cover up to the full tuition is available based on financial need.

Academic Scholarship

Students who successfully complete the Young Innovators Quest Program will be awarded a $600 scholarship. The scholarship is awarded directly to the students or to the university of their choice. Awardees are responsible for any tax liability as a result of this scholarship. To apply for this scholarship simply fill out the appropriate section within the program application form and you will be considered. To successfully complete the program a student must attend 90% of the program, complete and present their innovative project during the YiQ Ceremony.

Program Hours

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
Participants will be informed in advance of any special extended hours or weekend events.

2024 Program Dates: June 3-22, 2024

Key Program Dates and Events

June 1: Program Orientation with Parent & Student

June 3: First Day of Program

Tentative: IUPUI Engineering Lab Tour

Tentative: Corteva Industry Visit

Tentative: IUPUI School of Medicine Tour

June 13, 2024: Elanco Industry Visit

Tentative: IUSM Gross Anatomy Lab Tour

Tentative: Cummins Industry Visit

Tentative: Eli Lilly Industry Visit

Tentative: Indianapolis International Airport Tour

Tentative: IUPUI Kinesiology Lab Tour

June 22, 2024 YiQ Ceremony

Pay YiQ Program Fees:

Young Innovators Quest (YiQ) Program Objectives

  • Motivate and train students to become innovators in fields of science and technology.
  • Create an environment of research and creativity among participants.
  • Promote the importance of networking and teamwork.
  • Generate new concepts, ideas, and technologies for the development of new products and services.

Example of Subjects Covered During the Summer (varies each year)

The YiQ summer program offers over 135 hours of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education enrichment activities for participants. The following list is representative of topics covered in the past. Topics and activities are tailored to the interests of the participants and will depend on each years pool of applicants.

  • Genetics
  • Medicine
  • Neuroscience
  • Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Patent Law
  • Physics
  • Scientific Communication
  • Science Research
  • Forensics
  • Nanotechnology
  • College Life
  • STEM Skills


The tuition amount represents about 40% to 50% of the total cost per student, the other 50% of the cost is covered by grants and donations. From these grants and donations we have created a fund to offset the cost of the program for families that request financial assistance. The level of financial assistance will depend on available funding and level of need. Each in-state student may request up to $1,500 in financial assistance to offset or cover the cost of the program. Out-of-state students do not qualify for financial assistance, but all students are encouraged to seek sponsorship from other foundations, schools, businesses, and organizations.

To qualify for financial assistance a family will have to demonstrate economic hardship by providing evidence (e.g. student’s participation in free and reduced meals at school, federal income tax returns, any document showing recurring expenses like mortgage, rent, student debt, etc.). We will consider financial assistance for families with a gross income at or below 300% of Federal Poverty Levels and/or students who are currently participating in Free and Reduced Meals programs.

Program tuition includes workshops, industry visits, use of laboratory equipment, materials, some meals, and transportation. The program tuition is collected only when the student is accepted into the program. Program fees are non-refundable after the program starts.

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