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Opportunities for Undergraduates

Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

SHPEP at the University of Iowa is a free, six-week summer program for undergraduate students interested in health professional careers. Students who complete our program are guaranteed an admissions interview at the Carver College of Medicine, College of Dentistry, and College of Pharmacy.

UI Premed Student Summer Research Internship

This internship allows 10 premed UI undergraduate students to perform a project with a CCOM faculty member over 8 weeks this summer 2021 that will lead to submission of a first and last author publication for the student and faculty member, respectively, by the end of the 8-week period.

Biochemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (BSURF) Program

A ten week program providing students with hands-on experience in an active research laboratory under the direction of an established scientist. The research involves planning and performing experiments to answer questions of interest in contemporary biochemistry.​

Biomedical Scholars Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The Biomedical Scholars Summer Undergraduate Research Program allows scholars to pursue broad research interests in modern biomedical research. Scholars will gain laboratory research experience, participate in a seminar program designed especially for this program, and have the opportunity to join in informal social events. This unique program provides research opportunities in the laboratories of faculty who belong to the graduate programs in Free Radical and Radiation Biology, Genetics, Human Toxicology, Immunology, Molecular Medicine and Neuroscience. 

Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) - Iowa Summer Training Program In Cancer Research

The CURE Program, a partnership of the University of Iowa and collaborating academic institutions, is designed to provide an outstanding atmosphere for the training of undergraduate students in cancer research.  This training program is for underrepresented students.  This program provides twenty-five mentors available for each of the trainees to choose from for their summer research project. The mentors are from sixteen departments and five colleges at the University of Iowa and the cancer research in their laboratories covers a wide area of interest. The proposed mentors have extensive training experience at all levels; undergraduate, graduate, medical, and postdoctoral.  PDF iconView the CURE program brochure for more information.

Iowa Biomedical Science Academy

The IBA is a grant-funded program that supports the academic and personal success of University of Iowa students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in the Biosciences. IBA students have access to hands-on research opportunities that earn competitive wages, a faculty mentor, professional development workshops, career counseling, free tutoring (as needed) and a strong community of students, staff & faculty that value diversity in the Biosciences.  The IBA consists of several programs working to support underrepresented (see below), undergraduate student researchers to facilitate entry into a PhD programs, MD/PhD programs, or careers in research. 

  • IBA Scholars Program for junior and senior students committed to pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD
  • Science Alliance Internship for first and second year students interested in research and considering graduate school
  • LSAMP Program for students interested in research and completing a bachelor's degree in STEM

Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)

An award-winning program designed to provide promising underrepresented undergraduate students with in-depth research experiences.

Summer Microbiology Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program 

A ten-week program designed for undergraduate students studying microbiology or other biological sciences who are interested in a career in science.

Summer Undergraduate MSTP Research Program

The Summer Undergraduate MSTP Research Program offers an intensive experience for undergraduates interested in combined MD/PhD training for a career as a physician-scientist.

Fostering Undergraduate Talent- Uniting Research and Education (FUTURE) in Biomedicine Program

The FUTURE in Biomedicine Program develops research and learning partnerships with professors from Iowa colleges that do not offer doctoral programs. The program opens University of Iowa laboratories to Iowa college professors.  Undergraduate students may be selected to accompany their faculty advisors.