Interdisciplinary Summer Undergraduate Research Program

SURP 2013
2013 Summer Undergraduate Researchers


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 Genetics, Immunology, Molecular Biology, and Neuroscience (including Neuropsychology). The interdisciplinary nature of the program transcends traditional discipline-specific boundaries to provide an exciting research training experience.

Application procedure

Purpose

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.

Eligibility

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 2014 program will begin May 27 and end on August 1 (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.

“Iowa City is a semi - small town centralized around the University and conjoined Hospital. All of the amenities necessary are easily accessible. Iowa City holds an excellent night life and has an emphasis on local everything (coffee, food, etc..). As UIowa is a large university, there are endless activities to be had. The new rec and numerous trails satisfy your exercise and outdoor craving needs. Coming from the larger city of Pittsburgh, I would equate the cultures as both outgoing and open-minded. A more positive aspect of Iowa City over a larger city is the slower feel to the town. Graduate life can be very stressful, so the safety of the town and lack of a dense population make an already busy life easier to manage. ”