Admitted SUMR Student Information

Information for Admitted SUMR Students

Important Dates to Remember:

(Check the SUMR calendar for times & rooms)

Sat, May 20, 2017 First day to move in Petersen Hall (after 4:00 pm)
Sun, May 21, 2017 SUMR Welcome Picnic
Mon, May 22, 2017 SUMR Program Orientation Session & First Day in the lab
Tues, July 26, 2017 SUMR Program Wrap-up Lunch
Wed, July 26, 2017 Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Conference
Sponsored by the Graduate College
Fri, July 28, 2017 Last day in the lab
Sat, July 29, 2017 Must be moved out of Petersen Hall by noon

Where is the nearest airport?

The nearest airport offering commercial flights is Cedar Rapids Eastern Iowa Airport (CID), 25 miles north of Iowa City. Phone (800) 523-1100 or (319) 362-8336.

What other airports are in the area?

Other Area Airports

City Distance Drive time
Moline, IL (QCIA) 65 miles east 1 hour
Waterloo, IA (ALO) 85 miles northwest 1.5 hours
Des Moines, IA (DSM) 120 miles west 2.0 hours

For those flying into the Cedar Rapids airport, we will provide shuttle service to and from campus.

Airport Shuttle Services

Service Phone number
Airport Shuttle Service
Cedar Rapids 
Iowa City
(800) 725-8460
(319) 365-0655
(319) 337-2349

The address of Peterson Residence Hall for plotting driving directions is:

304 Grand Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52242

What to Bring:


It is VERY IMPORTANT that you bring the following to campus:

1) your passport
2) your driver's licence & social security card
(in which case, both are needed).

These documents are needed to complete your payroll appointment paperwork.

Also bring your banking information: bank routing & account numbers are needed for direct deposit of your pay.



In addition to casual clothes for your laboratory rotations & social activities, please bring clothing for your clinical rotation experiences (business casual) which adheres to the Professional Appearance Policy Overview.

Other Items:

  • Pillows and sheets will be provided by the residence hall (new linens provided weekly).
  • Bring your own towels! Make sure they are colorful!  White ones will be assumed to be UI towels and will disappear.
  • Petersen Hall has its own community kitchen, available to residents only. The kitchen is not furnished with any kitchen supplies (cooking or eating) and does not have a microwave or freezer. Residents may store food items in the kitchen at their own risk.
  • Each room will have it's own micro-fridges (stacked as one unit).
  • FYI: floors will be blocked as coed (same as during academic year) meaning both genders will be housed on the same floor.

Housing Information - Petersen Hall

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

The Petersen Building Desk will be staffed 24-hours from May 20-July 30. 
Petersen Desk: 319-353-4382

Internet Service:  Adult guests will have internet connectivity in their rooms (one wired port per bed). Wireless is available through the AT&T guest network (

Standard Furniture in each room

Many services, including laundry, require Hawkeye Dollars.

Check-in begins Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm

Check-out will be required by 12:00 pm on Saturday, July 29, 2017

View the dorm guide here.

The full mailing address is below: 
Your Name
c/o MSTP SUMR Program
100 Petersen Hall, Room #___
Iowa City, IA 52242-1131

Parking Information

For those participants who drive, we will have off-site parking available (at the program's cost).

Cambus Service

May 22 -July 28 - Regular Summer Academic CAMBUS Schedules (Weekend service available, no service available on May 29 and July 4).

Information for Incoming Students about the CAMBUS Service

Check out the CAMBUS Routes & Schedules page - track your bus! (you can download an app for your smart phone from this page)

Campus maps and directions

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

A-Z Directory of Clinics & Services

Carver College of Medicine Campus Tour

UI Campus map (for printout)

Detailed paper maps of the Hospital are available along the main corridor in UIHC or at either of the information desks.


Local Grocery Stores

View Larger Map

Restaurant Recommendations from current MSTP students

Download the .pdf here

Or a fancy booklet version here


Looking for something to do while you're in Iowa City?

Iowa City Downtown District

Iowa City/Coralville/North Liberty Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance

Iowa City Patch

Little Village (Iowa City's News & Culture Magazine)

The Press Citizen's events site - Go Iowa City

Some of Our Favorite Summer Events

Iowa City Farmers’ Market

Open air market featuring fresh locally grown produce, baked goods, plants, flowers, crafts. 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

Coralville Farmers' Market

Coralville Community Aquatic Center parking lot, 1513 7th Street, Coralville
Monday & Thursday Nights - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Friday Night 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. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy FREE live entertainment!

Iowa Arts Festival - (Early June in Iowa City)

The Iowa Arts Festival is a weekend-long, free, community celebration featuring over 125 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.

Thursday Evening Music in the Park

Musical acts in an open-air setting on Thursdays, held in the Coralville City Center Plaza district. 
Thursdays 6:30 to 8:00 from early June through early August.

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.

Music IC - (Mid-June in Iowa City)

MusicIC is a free, four-concert chamber music festival which takes place in downtown Iowa City. Enjoy concerts on Thursday and Friday nights at Trinity Episcopal Church, Saturday night at the Englert Theater and Sunday afternoon at the Iowa City Public Library.Free Admission

Iowa Jazz Festival - (Beginning of July in Iowa City)

Named one of the Top Ten Jazz Festivals in the country, the 2015 Iowa City Jazz Festival presented by University of Iowa Community Credit Union definitely will live up to that reputation. With a variety of well-known jazz musicians and an infusion of up-and-coming talent, you're sure to enjoy the music from all four stages!

4th Fest- (Beginning of July in Coralville)

Residents young and old eagerly anticipate 4th Fest, Coralville’s well-loved annual 4th of July community celebration in S.T. Morrison Park. There is always something for everyone, and many of the events are free!!

RAGBRAI - (End of July)

RAGBRAI®, The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa®, is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state. RAGBRAI is the longest, largest and oldest touring bicycle ride in the world. RAGBRAI is a bicycle ride - not a race. (*RAGBRAI is also very well known for its crazy participants who come for the party and bicycle just to reach the next destination!) The riders will be staying the night in Washington on Friday, July 29th. 
The MSTP plans to participate. If you want more information, email Rebecca.

Area Parks & Attractions

Iowa City Parks and Recreation

Come out and play! 40 parks, playgrounds and open spaces total approximately 1,200 acres. Indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, ball fields, trails, picnic shelters, skate park and outdoor theatre.

Coralville Parks and Recreation

Coralville Parks and Recreation offers diverse opportunities to meet your leisure needs. Our facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, shelters, fishing ponds, recreation center, playgrounds and tennis courts.

F.W. Kent Park - Johnson County Conservation

This picturesque 1,082-acre park is located 10 miles west of Iowa City on Highway 6. A 27-acre lake, which contains catfish, large mouth bass, bluegill, walleye and crappie, provides the angler with many fine hours of fishing enjoyment. Come and explore the prairies, forests and wetlands, camp or enjoy a swim after an afternoon of fishing, hiking or participating in any of the other activities at F.W. Kent Park.

Coralville Lake

This reservoir was formed in the 1950’s when the Coralville Dam was built to control the flooding of the Iowa River. Today the 23-mile-long Coralville Lake offers seven campgrounds and a number of beaches and boat ramps.

Lake Macbride

Iowa’s’ largest state park with 2 campgrounds, eight boat ramps and two public beaches. You’ll find it easy to enjoy the day or even a whole week here.

Amana Colonies

A group of settlements (7 villages) of German Pietists that lived a communal life until mid 1930’s. The settlement maintained an almost completely self-sufficient local economy for ~80yrs. Now it is a tourist attraction known for wonderful family-style restaurants, a working woolen mill, woodworking shops, and a brewery.