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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.

Spring Undergraduate Research Festival (SURF) 2024!

The Office of Undergraduate Research's Fall and Spring Undergraduate Research Festivals (FURF and SURF) are held in celebration and recognition of undergraduate researchers' contributions to research, scholarly, and creative work at the University of Iowa.

All students involved in mentored research or creative work are invited to present their work at these festivals utilizing posters or other visual displays. A variety of judges from the University of Iowa community (peers, faculty, and graduate students) and the surrounding community are on hand to discuss student work and provide valuable feedback.  Every aspect of these events, from poster design to presentation, to fielding questions, is designed to help students hone research communication skills.  

This year's festival will be held on April 3rd, 3:30-6:00 PM, at the Old Capitol Mall (201 S. Clinton Street).  For more information and to register to attend, please visit the SURF site.

ICARE Post-Baccalaureate Fellows Program

What is ICARE?

The Iowa Cancer Research Experience (ICARE) is a one-to-two-year full-time fellowship (beginning August 2024) provided by HCCC to prepare recent college graduates for doctoral degree programs in the cancer field. 

Fellows will receive stipend and benefits as well as the following activities and opportunities:

Activities included in the fellowship are mentored research experiences, professional development workshops, seminars and career coaching, travel to national conferences, and networking/community-building activities.

Who Can Apply?

Eligibility requirements include:

  • US citizens or permanent residents
  • Members of an underrepresented group in the cancer workforce. 
  • Bachelor's Degree in any STEM major 
  • At least 2.5 GPA
  • Motivation and commitment

Mentors are specifically looking for those with bachelor's degrees in biology and health sciences. 

Where to Get More Information

You can find more information about this program here.

To apply, click here. Application Deadline is March 17, 2024.

Email HCCC-ICAREPostBac@uiowa.edu with any questions. 

Washington University School of Medicine in Saint Louis - Undergraduate Summer Research Opportunity

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics (BMB) at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis invites undergraduate students interested in completing an 8-week research program over the summer of 2024 to apply to our summer research program.

Students will join a lab that matches their interests where they will complete real-life research at the cutting edge of molecular biochemistry and biophysics. Research areas in the department range from single-molecule spectroscopy to molecular simulations to mitochondrial biochemistry. As well as conducting research, students will also attend workshops that cover various important areas in science, including how to design experiments, how to read papers, scientific communication, and guidance on graduate school applications, etc.

No prior research experience is required.  Applicants from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Local travel, housing, and an additional monthly stipend of $3000 will be provided (total of $6000 for the 8-week program). The program will run June 6th – August 4th, 2024. Applicants are strongly encouraged to have completed their sophomore year by June 2024 (but may still apply as a sophomore), and the ideal candidates will be considering applications to graduate school following graduation.

More information can be found here.  Please direct any questions to bmbsummerprogram@wustl.edu.

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.


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