Interdisciplinary Summer Undergraduate Research Program

SURP 2013

The Interdisciplinary Summer Undergraduate Research Program allows students to pursue broad research interests in modern biological research, which they may not have the opportunity to pursue extensively in undergraduate coursework. This unique program provides research opportunities in the laboratories of faculty who belong to the graduate programs in  Free Radical and Radiation Biology, Genetics, Human Toxicology, Immunology, Molecular & Cellular Biology, and Neuroscience. The interdisciplinary nature of the program transcends traditional discipline-specific boundaries to provide an exciting research training experience.

Apply to the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only.)

Application procedure


To provide direct laboratory research experience under the mentorship of research faculty to talented undergraduate bioscience majors and to introduce them to the challenges and rewards provided by a research career.


Students who have completed the sophomore or junior year, majoring in any area of the biological sciences at an accredited four-year college or university are eligible. Women and members of underrepresented minority groups are encouraged to apply. This program is open to US citzens or permanent residents.

Faculty Research Areas

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Program Description

Participants will gain laboratory research experience, participate in a seminar program designed especially for this program, and have the opportunity to join in informal social events.

Following selection, the applicant will choose an appropriate faculty research mentor through e-mail/telephone communication. The 2016 program will begin May 24 and end on July 29 (10-week program). Departures from this schedule can be considered in special circumstances. Participants are expected to devote their full time to the program during its duration. Each student participant will receive a stipend of $3,750 for the ten-week session. In addition, housing in University of Iowa dormitories will be provided (~$1,800 value). An additional award of up to $500 for travel to and from Iowa City will also be available.

Academic Credits

This is an award to support research and academic credits are not awarded.

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