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Summer Undergraduate MSTP Research (SUMR) Program


The 2022 SUMR Application will be posted October 1st, 2021 and will close on January 31st, 2022.


  • If the link above does not work, go to: https://uiowa.infoready4.com/ - will not work, the 2022 application doesn't exist yet.
  • Our application is titled "2022 SUMR (Summer Undergrad MSTP Research) Program" - again, this application doesn't exist yet.
  • 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 January 31st, 2022 at noon, with the deadline for Mentor or Reference Letters being one week later on February 7th, 2022 at noon.

SUMR Program Features

  • June 6, 2022 - July 29, 2022
  • 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 (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 
  • 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 2022)
  • Major in a STEM field or premed
  • Prior research experience required (see above)


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

Email: SUMR@uiowa.edu

Phone: (319) 335-8303
Fax: (319) 335-6634