The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology regularly gets announcements from organizations outside the University describing opportunities for undergraduates. These include opportunities for research experience (including summer research programs), education, or professional development. This message board lists these announcements as we receive them. For more information, please contact the website or individual listed.

Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences

Summer undergraduate research opportunities are a great way to expand your research skills and gain new experiences in a wide range of disciplines throughout the nation--and in some cases--the world. 

Many undergraduate research opportunity applications open in November or December and are due in January or February. Some are paid and some are unpaid. The University of Iowa has competitive funding options for students on campus and off campus. If you are planning to apply for summer research experiences, please plan to apply early.

The list of opportunities here is not an exhaustive list, but should help you get started. If you are looking for something specific, or you know of something we should add, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Research (undergraduate-research@uiowa.edu).

Funding Opportunities

The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is offering the following grant opportunities to undergraduate students.  Please click on the opportunity link to learn more and to apply:

Undergraduate Research Supply Grant - These funds are open for use for purchasing research supply materials as well as traveling to conduct research if the facilities or materials are not available at the U of Iowa. For example, if a student needed to travel to the Field Museum in Chicago to study relevant collections at that facility, these funds would be applicable. Some activities that do not qualify for this funding are travel to conferences or presentations, field schools, internship travel, graduate or professional school interviews, computers, etc. 

Student Travel Awards - OUR offers one-time grants to UI undergraduate researchers who are traveling to a professional conference or professional development event. Students are able to request up to $500 per application, and will not be granted any more than $500 total across applications. OUR is unable to offer larger amounts or additional funds, and may only be able to offer a portion of the requested amount.  OUR Travel Awards are disbursed via U-Bill.

Assistance for Pursuing National Fellowships and Funding Opportunities

The Office of Scholar Development (OSD) assists University of Iowa undergraduates and alumni in their pursuit of national fellowship and funding opportunities.

What kinds of support does OSD offer?

If it is a part of an application process, OSD can help with it, including opportunity exploration, pre-writing exercises, essay development, application strategy, recommender support, draft review, and post-graduate planning.

What kinds of opportunities does the office support?

OSD manages the institutional nomination processes for the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Churchill, Gaither Jr. Fellows, Goldwater, Truman, Udall, and Beinecke scholarships, but can provide guidance and support for many other fellowships and grants. Check out our website at https://scholardev.sites.uiowa.edu/ to find out more about university, national, and international funding sources or schedule an appointment at https://calendly.com/scholar-dev-uiowa

Introducing Connecting Science to Society (CSTS)!

Ever wondered how to make the intricacies of science more relatable, engaging, and understandable to the public?

Ever struggled explaining your research to family, friends, and neighbors?

Introducing Connecting Science to Society (CSTS) – your gateway to science communication at the University of Iowa! We are on a mission to bridge the gap between scientists, policy makers, and the public. As a proud member of the National Science Policy Network (NSPN), we serve as the official student chapter for the Central States region.

Here’s why you should join us:

  • Become a Sci-Comm Champion! With field-specific jargon often getting in the way, the need for effective science communication is more vital than ever. Join us and gain the confidence to share your findings and their broader implications without the jargon.
  • Dive into Diverse Platforms: From comic books on PCBs and stage plays (like our renowned “Toxic Relationships”), to poems on cell organelles, we believe in exploring every medium to make science less complicated.
  • Explore Career Opportunities: Ever thought about a career in science policy or science communication? We’re here to help you explore, learn, and hone the necessary skills for your dream career.
  • Engage & Advocate: Participate in workshops dedicated to science policy and advocacy. Plus, have a chance to contribute to SciPolBites in NSPN!
  • Be Part of an Inclusive Community: At CSTS, we pride ourselves on creating a space where every voice is valued. Engage with peers, the community, and policymakers, all while nurturing a shared passion for science.

Check out our official page for more information.

STEM scholarships & fellowships | PathwaysToScience.org

PathwaysToScience.org has over 65 portable scholarships and fellowships posted on their site. These include undergraduate, graduate, and postdoc level funding opportunities with an emphasis on increasing diversity in STEM.

Undergraduate scholarships and tips and resources for applying: https://pathwaystoscience.org/Undergrads.aspx

Graduate fellowships and resources for applying: https://pathwaystoscience.org/Grad.aspx

Postdoc funding and resources: https://pathwaystoscience.org/Postdocs_Portal.aspx

A quick video tutorial on using their advanced search functions to find funding opportunities can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxKsAGk8dAw&t=16s

Students who would like assistance in searching their database of funding opportunities can email Liv Detrick (ldetrick@ibparticipation.org) with your level of study, disciplinary interests, and any other relevant requirements.

Join the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Club!

Join the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Club! We are a community of Biochemistry majors at the University of Iowa here to help you succeed. We have events throughout the year geared towards academic success and support, professional development, fostering valuable relationships with department faculty, and much more!

Some of our events include:

  • Picnic with Graduate Students
  • Undergraduate Research Poster Sessions
  • Professor Presentations and Q&A
  • Undergraduate Researcher Shadowing
  • Study Groups and Tutoring
  • Science Movie Night/Game Night

If you have any questions or would like more information, please reach out to our club officers! Contact information can be found on our webpage.


Postings on this website are not necessarily endorsed by the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department or the University of Iowa. They are intended for the use of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Majors at the University of Iowa.