Admissions Information

Program Schedule for 2019

Invitations are extended to science departments in primarily undergraduate colleges in Iowa to nominate a faculty member to be a FUTURE in Biomedicine℠ Fellow in the UI Carver College of Medicine. Program dates will be Wednesday, May 29 to Friday, July 26, 2019.

Colleges may nominate more than one individual. Prior to applying, all nominees should have completed a full academic year appointment at that college, and be in good standing at the current time.  For full consideration, all materials need to be submitted electronically to the Carver College of Medicine via the application website by Wednesday, December 12, 2018. 

FUTURE Fellows will have an appointment as a full-time research investigator working in the laboratory of a faculty member in the Carver College of Medicine. Fellows will select an undergraduate (a student currently in the freshman, sophomore or junior year of undergraduate training) to participate in the research project with them. 

The FUTURE in Biomedicine℠ program will provide a stipend for the Fellow and dormitory housing for the student. The Fellow and student will participate in the activities of their host laboratory, as well as weekly meetings of the FUTURE Fellows. Fellows will present in two panel discussions. All Fellows and students will share their research findings in a symposium on July 26, 2019.  Both Fellows and students will have full UI library privileges, and will be required to complete safety training appropriate to the host laboratory.

We also offer a Visiting Fellows program for faculty who would like to participate in our weekly professional development activities, but do not wish to do research in Iowa City. This program does not provide a stipend, but does offer other benefits such as a courtesy appointment that permits library use.

Faculty who have previously participated as FUTURE Fellows are eligible to participate again as Senior Fellows in order to continue research on-campus or through long-distance collaborations with a host lab. Peer-reviewed publications and grant applications have arisen from these interactions. See our Impact page for more information. 

For historical reference, the full schedule of summer events from 2018 is available here and the program for the 2018 Research Symposium is available here.

Application Instructions

Interested faculty will initiate an application by providing contact information, and a preferred e-mail address. They will specify the name and E-mail address of the individual nominating them. That person will then receive an E-mail message with a link for uploading a letter (see details below). The nominator may also provide the pdf file to the applicant who may upload it. We ask that nominators refrain from initiating an application under their own name.

Applicants with no prior connections to the University of Iowa are encouraged to apply. Highly ranked applicants will be assisted in making connections with appropriate UI faculty.

The electronic nomination packet will include submission of three files in pdf format as described below.

(1) A letter of interest from the prospective FUTURE in Biomedicine℠ Fellow. Applicants should indicate their motivation for participation in the FUTURE in Biomedicine℠ program. The letter should include (a) an indication of an area of research interest, and (b) the names of three UI Carver College of Medicine faculty whose research laboratories would be attractive for a summer project. It is not necessary to contact these potential hosts in advance.

(2) The applicant's current Curriculum Vitae including a summary of recent teaching responsibilities at their current college.

(3) A nomination letter from the chair of the applicant's department, a dean, provost or other representative of the administration. The nominator is asked (a) to address how the applicant's participation in the FUTURE in Biomedicine℠ program would benefit undergraduate education and research at that institution, and (b) to indicate a commitment to contribute stipend support for the undergraduate research assistant. This will be paid directly from the college to the student; however, the student will have a complimentary UI appointment.