Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates


Robert Kirby

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Two new REU grants broaden UI capacity to train future scientists

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs bring students to the University of Iowa (UI) to have active and meaningful participation in ongoing research projects. The two new REU programs, which are funded by the National Science Foundation, bring the total number of funded REU programs on the UI campus up to six, a threefold increase over four years. “With the addition of two new...
Ali Milani undergraduate researcher

Fall Undergraduate Research Festival goes virtual

The annual festival, hosted by the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU,) will be held in short sessions via Zoom during the week of November 9-13, 2020. “Despite the challenges of the fall 2020 semester, University of Iowa undergraduates have collaborated with faculty mentors to participate in research all over campus, and remotely, that complements their academic studies and develops...

Students invited to submit videos about why research matters

The Science Coalition is inviting undergraduate and graduate students to create personal videos to help raise awareness about the value of scientific research and demonstrate to Congress why it’s worthy of robust funding support. The nonprofit, nonpartisan group of more than 50 research universities, including the University of Iowa, is hosting the student video challenge to encourage students to...
Ali Milani undergraduate researcher

ICRU helps undergraduates retool summer research experiences

Undergraduate research and creative inquiry at the University of Iowa (UI) will look a little different this summer. Rather than spending time in labs, clinics, libraries, and creative spaces, UI undergraduates will be conducting research and exploring creative processes from their laptops and kitchen tables. Many of these students will also receive financial support in the form of scholarships...

Researchers, scholars, inventors and mentors recognized

Like much else this spring, the Office of the Vice President’s annual Celebrating Excellence awards event had to be tabled because of the COVID-19 outbreak. While glasses weren’t raised on April 28, when the awards program was scheduled to take place at Hancher, OVPR still wants to recognize, faculty, staff, and students who stand out for their commitment to discovery, their shepherding of young...
Paula Valino Ramos and Joshua Weiner

Student athletes flex mental muscle in UI research labs

Two University of Iowa students are discovering that the skills and training that made them elite athletes are a surprisingly good fit with another role on campus – a researcher.
Discovery & Innovation award ceremony

Awards program honors university researchers and innovators

The University of Iowa Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) on Tuesday night celebrated faculty, staff, and students who have distinguished themselves in the areas of research, scholarship, innovation and mentoring. Joined by the UI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) and the newest member of its organization—the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU)--OVPR...

Undergraduate research center to join VP for Research office Feb. 1

The University of Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) will become part of the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), effective Feb. 1. Currently part of the UI Honors Program and led by Director Bob Kirby, ICRU promotes undergraduate involvement in mentored research and creative projects at the UI. It coordinates and supports mentorship of undergraduate students in...