Research involvement is an important part of undergraduate education at the University of Iowa. Students in all disciplines benefit from being a part of the scholarly work of our faculty and staff. These opportunities provide undergraduates with hands on experience as they prepare themselves for graduate or professional training. Outstanding programs and mentors abound at Iowa for students as they begin to sample possible career paths and many undergraduates make research a focal point of their academic training.
Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates
The Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) serves as a home base for University of Iowa students from all majors and colleges to learn about research opportunities. There are many other programs that serve specific training areas or student populations. Some of these provide excellent opportunities for students from other colleges and universities to develop their research skills by spending a summer at the University of Iowa.
You will find links and brief descriptions below for many of the programs that provide research experience at the University of Iowa. These can serve as an excellent starting point but if you are interested, don’t stop there. Use the links provided, look up individual departments, and then follow-up on your interests. Scholarship benefits from hard work and creativity – finding just the right research experience can benefit from these traits as well.
Undergraduate Funding Opportunities
The Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) maintains an up-to-date listing of current research opportunities in laboratories and offices around campus. Additional programs with rotating deadlines are listed below.
The Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduate (ICRU) Fellows program encourages the direct involvement of undergraduate students in the scholarly efforts of faculty by providing financial support for a student involved in research. Recipients are awarded a stipend of $1,250 per semester, with the expectation that a student will spend approximately 10 hours per week in work associated with the identified project.
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Funding, which awards 70% of the University's undergraduate degrees, is committed to promoting the opportunities for faculty and students to collaborate in research.
Interdisciplinary Summer Undergraduate Research Program is designed to allow students to tailor their summer training to their own research interests, while providing a broad foundation in their area of concentration. This unique program provides research opportunities in the laboratories of faculty in Genetics, Immunology, Molecular & Cellular Biology, and Neuroscience.