The University of Iowa

Biomedical Scholars Summer Undergraduate Research Program

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The Biomedical Scholars Summer Undergraduate Research Program allows scholars to pursue broad research interests in modern biomedical research, which they may not have opportunities to pursue extensively in undergraduate coursework. Scholars will gain laboratory research experience, participate in a seminar program designed especially for this program, and have the opportunity to join in informal social events. This unique program provides research opportunities in the laboratories of faculty who belong to the graduate programs in Free Radical and Radiation Biology, Genetics, Human Toxicology, Immunology, Molecular Medicine and Neuroscience. The interdisciplinary nature of the program transcends traditional discipline-specific boundaries to provide an exciting research training experience. Please apply through the Biomedical Scholars Summer Undergraduate Research Program and select and rank your program of interest.

For more information on faculty research projects visit our PhD Program web sites:

Following selection, the scholar will choose an appropriate faculty research mentor through e-mail/telephone communication. The 2020 program will begin May 26 and end on July 31, 2020 (10-week program). Departures from this schedule can be considered in special circumstances. Scholars are expected to devote their full time to the program during its duration.

Scholar Support: A highly competitive stipend of $5,000

Scholar Housing: $1,800 value at University of Iowa dormitories 

Scholar Travel Award: Up to $500 for travel to and from Iowa City will also be available.

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Apply to the Biomedical Scholars Summer Undergraduate Research Program (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only)


To provide direct laboratory research experience under the mentorship of research faculty to talented undergraduate bioscience majors and to introduce them to the challenges and rewards provided by a research career.


Scholars who have completed the sophomore or junior year, majoring in any area of the biological sciences at an accredited four-year college or university are eligible. Women and members of underrepresented minority groups are encouraged to apply. This program is open to US citizens or permanent residents.

Academic Credits

This is an award to support research and academic credits are not awarded.

Application Procedure: Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for this program.

To apply, submit the completed application form online, and have three letters of recommendation from faculty familiar with your skills and aptitudes (particularly in the biological sciences), and a transcript that includes Fall 2019 grades (when available), sent to the address below or email to: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The application period for 2020 is September 3, 2019-February 3, 2020. For additional information, write to this address below or contact the Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Program Office by e-mail, telephone, or FAX as noted below:

Contact Information:
Interdisciplinary Graduate Program Office
357 Medical Research Center
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-1182
Phone: 319-335-7748
FAX: 319-335-7656