Information for Admitted BSURF Students

Important Dates

Date, Time & PlaceEvent Information
Sat, May 20                   First day to move into Petersen Hall (starting at 4:00 pm)
Sun, May 21
3:00-6:00 PM/EMRB Atrium
Welcome Picnic for SUMR, BSURF, and MSTP Students
Sponsored by the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)
Mon, May 22
9:00-1:00 PM
4-403 BSB, Heath Conf Room
BSURF program orientation session and first day in the lab
Fri, May 26
9:30-10:30 AM
4-403 BSB, Heath Conf Room
Weekly Friday BSURF Program Series Starts!
Please click on above link for a complete schedule of weekly Friday meetings
Mon, May 29 - University Offices Closed
Wed, May 31
12:00-1:00 PM
E331 GH, Med Alum Auditorium
Weekly Wednesday MSTP Seminar Series Starts! (Lunch included!)
Sponsored by MSTP
Please click on above link for a complete schedule of weekly Wednesday meetings
Mon, June 5
3:30-5:00 PM
MERF 1117
Weekly FUTURE in Biomedicine seminar series starts!
Sponsored by FUTURE in Biomedicine
Wed, June 7
9:00-11:00 AM
MERF 2117
Grad School Application 101
Sponsored by Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Continental breakfast included!
Wed, June 7
3:30-5:00 PM
EMRB Atrium & Patio
Welcome Reception-For all students participating in biomedical summer undergraduate research programs
Thur, June 8
12:00-1:00 PM
EMRB 283, Seebohm Conf Room
Weekly Thursday Biosciences Summer Undergraduate Series Starts!
Sponsored by Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Please click on above link for a complete schedule of weekly Thursday meetings
Tues, July 4 - University Offices Closed
Wed, July 26
1:30-4:30 PM
IMU, Main Lounge
Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Conference
Sponsored by the Graduate College
Thur, July 27
4:00-5:30 PM
EMRB Atrium & Patio
Farewell Reception-For all students participating in biomedical summer undergraduate research programs
Fri, July 28
12:00-1:00 PM
Location TBD
Last day in the lab - BSURF Student/Mentor Group Lunch
Sat, July 29Must be moved out of Petersen Hall by noon

Housing Information

You will be staying at Petersen Hall which is located on the West Campus, adjacent to Hillcrest Hall, Rienow Hall, and the Field House. It is also adjacent to the UIHC and the UI Health Sciences Campus.

The Petersen Building Desk will be staffed 24/7 from May 20-July 30.  The Petersen Desk phone number is: 319-353-4382.  The main entrances of Petersen will be locked from 10PM to 8AM daily.  Guests will use their prox card to enter, or will need to use the call station at the entrance to have the desk let them in. 

The full mailing address for Petersen Hall is below:

For General Mail:Physical Address for Driving Directions:
Your Name
c/o BSURF Program
275 Petersen Hall, Room #_____
Iowa City, IA 52242-1131
304 Grand Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52242

WiFi Service:  All visitors have access to free guest wireless service.  Guests can take advantage of this convenience by selecting the "attwifi" network when configuring a device for wireless access.(

Computer Access:  The University of Iowa will provide Internet/ResNet connectivity in each room (one port per bed).  Detailed instruction handouts will be available by request from the Petersen Building Desk.  To learn how to connect to the ResNet and what computer equipment you will need to bring, guests may access this site prior to coming to the University of Iowa:

Other Housing-Related Items:

  • Pillows and sheets will be provided by the residence hall (new linens provided weekly).
  • Room will be cleaned weekly and trash will be emptied daily.
  • Towels will be provided daily but if you wish to bring your own towels, make sure they are in a color other than white.  White towels will be assumed to be UI towels.
  • Each room will have its own micro-fridge (stacked as one unit) Size: 2.3 cubic foot fridge, .90 cubic foot freezer, and .80 cubic foot microwave.
  • Petersen Hall has its own community kitchen, available to residents only.  The kitchen is equipped with an oven with stovetop cooking, commercial refrigerator, sink, and small table with chairs.  The kitchen is NOT furnished with any kitchen supplies, freezer, or microwave.  Residents may store food items in the kitchen at their own risk.
  • FYI: Floors will be blocked as coed, meaning both genders will be housed on the same floor.

Please review the dorm guide It contains valuable information regarding buses/transportation, keys, laundry rooms (which are operated by Hawkeye Dollars), and general residence hall policies and procedures.  If you plan to drive your vehicle to Iowa City and need to make arrangements for parking, please email Judy Means for additional information.

What to Bring to Iowa City

Payroll and Tax Information (completed during BSURF orientation meeting):

  • Original forms of ID: To initiate your employment at the University of Iowa, a completed I-9 form is required.  To complete this form, please BRING the appropriate original forms of ID with you to Iowa City. Please click on this link for a list of acceptable forms of ID. Any one item from list A will suffice, such as a passport.  Alternatively, please bring one item from List B (such as a driver's license) AND one item from List C (such as a social security card). Please note: I cannot accept copies, as I must attest to viewing original documents.
  • Taxes and Direct Deposit: Direct deposit for your paycheck is mandatory.  After your I-9 is processed, I will show you how to enter in your payroll direct deposit information and how to complete your Iowa W-4 and Federal W-4 tax withholding information, both of which are completed online within the UI employee self-service system.  You will be provided with your log-in/temporary password to employee self-service on your first day.  To complete your direct deposit information, please be sure to have your bank routing number and account number with you.

Dress Code for Labs:

While working in your assigned lab, please adhere to the guidelines set forth by your supervisor.  In general, apparel should include full foot coverings and clothing that covers the skin.  Lab coats and gloves should be worn as well, as appropriate.  Please refer to the Routine Safety Practices in Labs guidelines as well as the University of Iowa Professional Appearance Policy for additional information.

What To Do In Iowa City....


Summer Events!

Science Thursdays!

Science Thursdays is a weekly event series featuring science activities, food trucks and live music. It is a community enhancement effort that celebrates scientific discovery and promotes cross-departmental networking. These events are open to the public and are held in an accessible space, 11am-1pm, in the courtyard between the Medical Education Research Facility (MERF), Eckstein Medical Research Building (EMRB), Bowen Science Building (BSB), and the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building (PBDB).

Iowa City Farmers’ Market

Features fresh, locally grown produce, baked goods, plants, flowers, crafts. Located in the lower level of the Chauncey Swan parking ramp between Washington and College Streets. 
Wednesdays 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm & Saturdays 7:30 am - noon

Friday Night Free Concert Series

Fridays from mid-May to mid-September.
Concerts are held outside of the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Iowa Arts Festival - (June 2-4 in Iowa City)

The Iowa Arts Festival is a weekend-long, free, community celebration featuring over 115 local and national visual artists displaying and selling their artwork, a music festival, a “Culinary Row” serving regional and ethnic food, a variety of activities and entertainment, both creative and educational, for children and families. The Iowa Arts Festival is the most anticipated visual art-centered event of the summer.

Saturday Night Free Movie Series

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy FREE entertainment. The UI Museum of Natural History is open each Saturday night until the movie starts for more FREE fun before the movie! Movies take place outside of Macbride Hall (on the East side of the building). Saturday nights at sunset (which varies from 8:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. later in the season) from mid-May to mid-August.

Iowa Jazz Festival - (June 30-July 2 in Iowa City)

Come down for a three-day weekend of live Jazz performances, delicious dishes, and cap off the weekend with a full blown fireworks display over the University of Iowa's Pentacrest lawn.  

Area Parks & Attractions

Iowa City Parks and Recreation

Coralville Parks and Recreation

Coralville Lake

Lake Macbride