Information for Admitted SUMR Students

Last updated 04/22/2024

Important Dates to Remember:

Sat May 18, 2024
After 4:00 pm
First day to move in Petersen Hall - Move-in begins after 4 pm
Sun May 19, 2024
Approx. 4:00 pm
Meet at Petersen Hall
Tour of downtown Iowa City
   -4:30 pm   Walking Tour of downtown with MSTP students
   -6:00 pm   Dinner and Social
Mon May 20, 2024
9:00–11:00 am
SUMR Program Orientation Session
   -Followed by employment paperwork
   -Badging Office appointment

Someone from your lab will pick you up when you are finished.
Wed July 24, 2024
1:00–5:00 pm
Iowa Memorial Union
Student Undergraduate Research Conference

   -Followed by dinner downtown
Fri July 26, 2024 Last day in the lab
   - Let us know if you plan to leave earlier with approval of your mentor.
Sat July 27, 2024
Before 12:00 pm
Must be moved out of Petersen Hall by noon.
   - Let us know of are any changes in your departure date or if you need a room for one more night.

Identification for Employment:

It is VERY IMPORTANT that you bring the following to campus, as they are necessary to complete your payroll appointment paperwork on your first day:

2) YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE & SOCIAL SECURITY CARD—in which case, both are needed.

Also bring your banking information: BANK ROUTING & ACCOUNT NUMBERS are needed for direct deposit of your pay.

Professional Appearance Information:

For time in clinic, please following our Professional Appearance policy:

  • Wear your ID badge clipped on at the breast pocket or lapel level with picture and name forward, so that it is immediately visible to patients, visitors, and other staff. Lanyards are prohibited.
  • For the protection of those with sensitivities, UI Hospitals & Clinics promotes a fragrance-free environment, so please don’t wear perfume or other scents.
  • If you have tattoos, piercings, or body art with wording, images, or placement (e.g., tongue) that could be inappropriate or offensive in a professional work environment, please cover or remove them during work time.

Is there any type of clothing I cannot wear?
In order to keep a consistent and professional image for our patients, as well as promote safety, do not wear:

  • Denim clothing of any type
  • T-shirts
  • Yoga pants or exercise clothing
  • Fleece apparel
  • Open-toed shoes in clinical areas
  • Clothing that is too tight, too short, too form fitting, too loose fitting, or any clothing that exposes cleavage, undergarments, or the mid-section
  • Holiday or event-themed costumes

LAB APPAREL: Your apparel in lab will be determined by your PI and their lab's policy. Please speak with them about what is expected.

Housing Information:

You will be staying in Petersen Hall (304 Grand Avenue, Iowa City, IA 52242) this summer: 

PDF icon Housing Guidebook Summer 2024.pdf

  • The Petersen Hall desk (319-353-4382) will be open 7:00 am to 12:00 am (midnight) daily beginning May 19 to July 30, while summer conferences are in session.
  • Report any problems to the desk in person or by phone, including maintenance issues.
  • The Petersen Hall main entrance will be open from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm. Main entrance prox cards are issued to guests living in Petersen Hall for after-hours building access. NOTE: In the event that a residence hall guest is locked out of their building, the Petersen north main entrance has a call box located inside the vestibule, which accesses the building’s 24-hour desk.

COVID-19 Expectations

The university has developed and implemented policies and procedures to help lower the risk of COVID-19 exposure and spread. All summer camp/conference participants, staff, and guests are expected to follow the health and safety measures implemented by the University of Iowa as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and other applicable public health authorities during a public health crisis. These health and safety measures may be subject to modification during the summer as public health guidance changes.

For full details regarding university-wide measures taken and community expectations visit To find specific health and safety plans for residence hall camp/conference guests including isolation practices, cleaning protocols, etc., visit

COVID-19 Symptoms/Reporting

If you are feeling ill and have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, stay in your room, self-isolate, and consult your health care provider to see if you need COVID-19 testing.  Then contact for additional information. 

Information for your summer accomodations can be found HERE at the University Housing & Dining Camps and Conferences Website. 

Specific information for Petersen Hall can be found in the 2024 Westside Summer Housing Guidebook

You can find info about: 

  • Building Desks
  • Buses
  • Computers
  • Construction
  • Custodial Service
  • Damage Policy
  • Dining Facilities
  • Electrical Appliances
  • Entrances
  • Furniture
  • Keys
  • Laundry Rooms
  • Liability and Personal Property
  • Mail
  • Maintenance
  • Parking
  • Petersen Kitchen
  • Smoke Detectors/Fire Prevention Equipment
  • Telephones
  • Televisions
  • Vending
  • Wi-Fi Services
  • Residence Hall Policies 

It is the responsibility of each SUMR participant to read and understand all policies and procedures in the Summer Housing Guidebook. 


If you plan to drive your vehicle to the SUMR program and require parking, please contact the Iowa MSTP at  

  • Short-term parking near the dorm is available at parking meters. Meters are monitored from 7:30 am through 11 pm daily.
  • West side residence halls do not have their own parking facilities. 
  • University parking lots are marked as to when parking is prohibited—you are free to park there during off hours. Parking is not enforced on university holidays.

Public Transportation:

All buses in Iowa City & Coralville use the Transit App


We do not provide meal plans for our SUMR students.

Places to Eat:

Please check the University Housing & Dining webpage for an updated list of campus dining options.


Hawkeye Dollars:

Hawkeye Dollars are funds available to you with your room contract that may be used at all campus dining locations and at some vending machines in the residence halls.

  • Please view the details of hawkeye dollars on their site.
  • You will find a card dispenser & dollar fill up station in the Petersen Hall lobby.
  • Only add the amount of money you will be able to use during the summer as there is a $20 processing that will be deducted from the balance to get your refund.
  • See the refund policy at the bottom of the page for more information.

Recreational Services:

If you wish to obtain a monthly fitness membership to the University of Iowa's recreational facilities, please let us know.  


May 4–October 26
Wednesdays 5–7 pm & Saturdays 7:30 am–noon
Iowa City Farmers Market
May 22–October 2
Mondays 4:30–6:30 pm
Coralville Farmers' Market
May 10–Sept 20
Fridays 6:30 pm Ped Mall Stage or Chauncey Swan Park 
Friday Night Concert Series
May 25–27
Middle Amana Community Park—801 27th Ave, Amana
Iowa Renaissance Festival & Gathering O' Celts
June 7–9
Downtown Iowa City
Iowa City Arts Festival
June 1–2
Middle Amana Community Park
Iowa Reniassance Festival & Gathering O'Celts
May 25–Sept 28
206 N Linn St
Northside Concert Series
June 14–15
Amana Colonies
Wurst Festival & Dachshund Derby
June 27–29
Riverside, Iowa
Trekfest 37: The Future Birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk
July 3–4
Coralville, Iowa 8:00 am 
Coralville 4thFest 5K Run/Walk
July 5–7
Downtown Iowa City
Iowa City Jazz Festival
July 19–20
Solon, Iowa
Solon Beef Days
July 26–28
Coralville, Iowa
Anime Iowa
July 20–24
Johnson County Fairgrounds
Johnson County Fair