The UI SROP Program at the University of Iowa provides research opportunities for undergraduate students with a demonstrated interest in pursuing Ph.D. degrees and academic/research careers while exploring expanded career options through professional development programming, including academic positions and careers outside the academy. The program is designed to increase educational access for students from diverse backgrounds. Students from groups historically underrepresented in the humanities, arts, social sciences, engineering, and physical and natural sciences are encouraged to apply. Applicants from racial and ethnic minority groups and first-generation students are strongly encouraged to apply. Preference is given to sophomores and juniors.

Eligible students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program at a college or university. Must not have completed undergraduate work and does not anticipate graduation the summer or following fall of the program.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Have a stated goal of achieving a doctoral degree (Ph.D), following completion of the bachelor's degree. Will not consider students stating interests in professional degrees.
  • Must have a genuine stated interest in a research career.
  • Be a citizen or national of the U.S.; or be a permanent resident of the U.S.; or provide evidence from the Immigration and Naturalization Service of his/her intent to become a permanent resident; or be a permanent resident of Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands; or be a resident of one of the Freely Associated States. (These citizenship rules are defined by the U.S. Department of Education.)
  • Be a member of a group that is historically underrepresented1 in graduate education.
  • Be willing to devote full time to the program during the eight week summer session.
  • Students may not take classes or be employed.
  • Freshman and graduating seniors are not considered.
  • Mentor projects may have specific requirements that must also be met.

1 Underrepresented students, as defined by the U.S. Department of Education, include African-Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, or members of a group that is historically underrepresented in certain academic disciplines as documented by standard statistical references or other national survey data submitted to accepted by the U. S. Department of Education on a case-by-case basis.