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Summer Undergraduate MSTP Research (SUMR) Program


The 2022 SUMR Application is open and will close on February 1st, 2022

  • 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
  • If you are a University of Iowa Student use the hawkid login
  • 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 Februrary 1st, 2022.
  • The deadline for Mentor or Reference Letters being one week later on February 8th, 2022 at noon.

SUMR Program Features

  • May 23, 2022 - July 29, 2022 (extended to 10 weeks!)
  • 10-week research project conducted in the laboratory of a faculty member in the biomedical sciences (including basic, translational, population health, and engineering sciences)
  • Weekly seminar series - a forum for discussions emphasizing how science and medicine intersect
  • Case-based learning exercises - discussion of mechanisms underlying disease process
  • Clinical skills learning sessions - to apply concepts from case-based learning and to practice skills that will be useful in medical school
  • “Tales of Career Development”: Informal lunchtime conversations with MD and MD/PhD physician scientists and PhD faculty engaged in medically-relevant research
  • Career development seminars (including applying to an MD/PhD program; personal and research statement writing)
  • One-on-one physician scientist advising and shadowing experiences (2 to 4 times during the 10-week period, COVID-19 restrictions-permitting)
  • 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 10-week period
  • Lodging in a University housing facility (double occupancy)
  • 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 
  • Descriptions of up to three research experiences
  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcript(s) from undergraduate institution(s)
    • Unofficial ones you can easily pdf are preferable
  • 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 sophomore, junior, or senior (your earliest anticipated graduation should not be before December 2022)
  • Major in a STEM field or premed
  • Prior research experience required (see above)


If you have any questions at all, feel free to email sumr@uiowa.edu

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

Email: SUMR@uiowa.edu

Phone: (319) 335-8303