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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.

Fall Undergraduate Research Festival (FURF)

FURF is 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. Everyone is welcome to attend and discover the incredible work done by undergraduate students across campus!

When: Wednesday, November 8th, 4:00-6:00 PM
Location: 2nd Floor Old Capitol Town Center, 201 S. Clinton Street
Registrations accepted through Wednesday, November 1st. To register, please go to: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3sjVEMsSjHj4kHI

For more information about FURF and SURF Research Festivals, please visit https://our.research.uiowa.edu/events-awards/furf-and-surf-undergraduate-research-festivals

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

Goldwater Scholarship Opportunity

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, one of the oldest and most prestigious national fellowships in the natural sciences, engineering, and mathematics in the US, is looking for college sophomores and juniors who show exceptional promise of becoming the nation’s next generation of research leaders.

Open to: Sophomores and juniors
Award type: Academic
Area(s) of study: STEM fields
Award criteria: academic achievement, research
Award provides: A portion of educational costs, including tuition, room and board, books, and other required fees up to $7,500 per academic year; recipients receive annual funding for each remaining year as an undergraduate.
Open to international students: No
Institutional Support or Endorsement Required: Yes. University of Iowa applicants must apply through the Office of Scholar Development at https://scholardev.sites.uiowa.edu/

Are You a Good Fit for the Goldwater Scholarship?  

30 Minutes on the Who, What, When, and Why of Applying for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship 

These virtual info sessions are a great way to quickly learn more about this national fellowship for experienced undergraduate researchers who intend to pursue post-graduate training in basic science research.  Campus nomination deadline: November 14, 2023

HawkID authentication is required to join all OSD info sessions.  

Wednesday, September 20th - 12:30 TO 1:00 PM -- https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/93424353863
Sunday, September 24 – 7:00 to 7:30 PM -- https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/95585363642

UI CCOM Professional and Graduate School Virtual Conference

You are welcome to attend the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Professional and Graduate School Virtual Conference on Thursday, October 5th at 4:00 p.m. as they showcase careers in healthcare, education and biomedical research!

This exciting event is being hosted via Zoom and will have breakout sessions to explore our Biomedical Science (PhD), Doctor of Medicine (MD), and Physician Assistant (MPAS) degree programs.

Cost is free!  Deadline to register is Monday, October 2, 2023.  For more information and to register, please complete the registration form: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e4E7QQb3aEjrvPo

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.

PULSe Fall Open House Invitation

Undergraduate students are invited to attend the Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Science PhD Program (PULSe) Fall Open House on Thursday, September 28th, from 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM at the Lilly Hall of Life Science at Purdue University.  Students will gain exposure to some of the current life science research at Purdue and will be given an opportunity to talk with faculty and students to learn more about the PULSe Program.

For more information and to RSVP, please go to: https://www.purdue.edu/gradschool/pulse/events/open-house.html

University of Iowa Science, Health & Sustainability Career Fair - October 19th

The University of Iowa Pomerantz Career Center would like to invite you to our Science, Health & Sustainability Career Fair on Thursday, October 19, 2023. Students will explore and connect with:

  • Life science, health science, and sustainability companies
  • Internship/full-time positions
  • Graduate and service programs
  • Research and volunteer opportunities

This event will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in the International Ballroom (2nd floor) at the IMU.

For additional details, please visit: https://careers.uiowa.edu/science-career-fair 

Postbac Research Experience Opportunity

The University of California, San Francisco has a fabulous program for providing full-time research positions to recently graduated undergrads from underrepresented identities.  The UCSF NIH Diversity Supplement Matchmaking Event is an extremely popular event that is typically attended by over 100 UCSF faculty who are looking to hire research technicians.  Any scholars who would be eligible for an NIH Diversity Supplement and are interested in working at UCSF as a research technician at the postbaccalaureate level are strongly encouraged to apply.

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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