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.
Funding Opportunities for Undergraduates
The Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) promotes undergraduate involvement in mentored research and creative projects at the University of Iowa. They work with students, faculty, and staff from the arts, humanities, natural/physical sciences, social sciences, health and medicine, engineering, and business.
The 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. Scholarship funding for selected applications is in the amount of $2,000 (for about 5-10 hours of work per week) for the academic year or $2,500 (for about 20 hours/week of work) during the summer.
The Biomedical Scholars 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.