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Summer Undergraduate MSTP Research (SUMR) Program


Click to Apply to the 2021 SUMR Program

Due February 5, 2021 @ midnight
(Deadline will not be extended this year)

  • If the link above does not work, go to: https://uiowa.infoready4.com/
  • Our application is titled "2021 SUMR (Summer Undergrad MSTP Research) Program"
  • Click the "Apply" button. 
  • If you are not a current University of Iowa student, click on "Register" under "Login For Other Users" and create a username and password (or use your hawkID & password if you are University of Iowa student).
  • You will be able to save an incomplete application and complete it later.
  • Email sumr@uiowa.edu if you have any issues with the new application system.
  • The deadline for the application is February 5, 2021 at midnight, but the deadline for Mentor or Reference Letters is Monday, February 15, 2021 at midnight.

SUMR Program Features

  • June 7, 2021 - July 30, 2021 (presumably)
  • 8-week research project conducted in the laboratory of a faculty member in the biomedical sciences.
  • Weekly seminar series - a forum for discussions emphasizing how science and medicine intersect
  • Case-based learning exercise - discussion of mechanisms underlying disease process
  • Career development seminars (e.g. MD/PhD admissions; personal and research statement writing)
  • Physician - scientist shadowing experience (2 to 4 times during the 8-week period)
  • Social and mentoring activities with MD/PhD students
  • Opportunity to present a poster at the Summer Undergraduate Research Conference with other undergraduates on campus (usually the last Wednesday in July)


  • $4,150 for the 8-week period
  • Lodging in a University housing facility
  • Travel allowance for transportation to/from Iowa City

Application Requirements

Previous research experience of at least one summer rotation or a semester of work in a laboratory. Labs for bioscience or other courses do not meet this requirement.

  • A completed online application form 
  • A Curriculum Vitae (you can an example to download within the application)
  • Transcript(s) from undergraduate institution(s)
    • (Unofficial ones you can print off are fine)
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • At least one letter must come from your primary research mentor.
    • The second letter should come from someone who has worked with you personally or academically (course instructors, academic advisors, or previous employers, volunteer supervisors, etc)


  • Be a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States
  • Be a rising junior or senior (your earliest anticipated graduation should not be before December 2021)
  • Major in biological or physical science (including biomedical engineering)
  • Prior research experience required (see above)


SUMR Program
University of Iowa MSTP
2206 MERF 
Iowa City, Iowa 52242

Phone: (319) 335-8303

Fax: (319) 335-6634
Email: SUMR@uiowa.edu