Undergraduate Program Opportunities

    Bowen Science Building 3

    The Department of Biochemistry regularly gets announcements from organizations outside the University describing opportunities for undergraduates. These include opportunities for research experience (including summer research programs), education, or professional development. This message board lists these announcements as we receive them. For more information, please contact the website or individual listed.

    5th Annual Fall Undergraduate Research Festival

    The 5th Annual Fall Undergraduate Research Festival will be held on Wednesday, December 3rd, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the 2nd Floor Atrium, UCC (Old Capitol Mall). 

    Undergraduate students will be given the opportunity to practice presenting and talking about their research, scholarly, or creative work! 

    For more information, please visit:

    Boren Awards Information Session on October 29th

    Are you looking for funding for study abroad, international graduate work, or language learning?  Would you like to study Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese, Zulu, or another less-commonly-taught language?

    UI Boren Campus Representative Karen Wachsmuth will present a Boren Awards information session on Wednesday, October 29, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in International Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre. The Boren awards offer up to $20,000 for undergraduate study abroad and up to $30,000 for graduate student language study and international research.  

    Who should attend?  Undergraduate students, graduate students, STEM students, I.S.B.A. and Honors students, and professional students.

    Boren Awards provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to study in Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East, where they can add important international and language components to their educations. Boren scholars and fellows represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less-commonly-taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, and Swahili. As part of the African Languages Initiative, Boren Award applicants have the opportunity to begin or further their study of Akan/Twi, Hausa, Portuguese, Swahili, Wolof, Yoruba, Zulu, or French. Special summer opportunities are available for STEM students. For a complete list of languages and countries, please visit

    In exchange for funding, Boren Award recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year. The Boren Awards are initiatives of the National Security Education Program (NSEP) and are administered by the Institute of International Education.  More information about the Boren Awards is available at,, and

    These workshops are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Karen Wachsmuth, international fellowships specialist, International Programs,, 319-335-1436. 

    Upcoming Workshops

    Monday, December 1: Essay Writing

    Application Deadlines

    Boren Scholarship: UI Campus Deadline  January 22, 2015

    Boren Fellowship: National deadline: January 31, 2015 

    UT Southwestern Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program

    UT Southwestern will be offering four summer undergraduate research programs this summer.  Each program will run from June 1 through August 7, 2015. The stipend for the 10-week program is $4,000.  Application deadline is February 9, 2015.  Please visit their website for addiitonal information:  

    PULSe Fall Open House

    Junior and senior undergraduates are invited to the PULSe Fall Open House on Friday, November 7th, from 10:00-3:30 p.m.  This open house serves as an opportunity to introduce yourself to the Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Science PhD Program (PULSe).  PULSe provides opportunities for an interdisciplinary graduate experience in the basic life sciences for PhD students.  Activities will include an overview beginning at 10:00, session to meet the faculty, lab tours, lunch with students, and tour of campus facilities.  If you have questions, or to RSVP, please email  

    Tutoring Opportunity

    Cardinal Scholars is an in-home and online tutoring service that gives exceptional tutors the chance to be matched with local students in need of additional academic support. We connect tutors with students seeking help with college, high school, middle school and elementary material. We're seeking tutors who meet the following criteria:
    • Are fantastic teachers and have experience teaching others.
    • Are academically curious and intelligent.
    • Attend or have graduated from University of Iowa as either an undergraduate, graduate, or professional student.

    The benefits of becoming a tutor with us include:
    • Freedom to set your own schedule (no set hourly requirement; we expect you to be taking classes yourself!).
    • Competitive compensation starting at $20/hr.
    • Get to know great families from the community who will really appreciate your help.
    • We connect tutors with students in over 90 cities in the U.S. and online for sessions so it’s okay if you aren’t currently living in the Iowa City area!

    Coming on board as a tutor is not a guarantee of immediate tutoring work, but offers the opportunity to be considered for an assignment if we receive a tutoring request in your area for in person tutoring and/or around the country for online tutoring. Interested? Please go here to apply:
    To learn more about our company, visit:

    Interested in Working Abroad? Check out Going Global

    Going Global is an online international employment resource offered by Pomerantz Career Center for student use. If you are looking for a job or internship abroad, utilize the country and city guides and jobs/internships search feature. If you are an international student seeking information on employment in the U.S., use the H-1B database to research companies that have filed for employment visa sponsorship in the past year and check out the U.S. country guide. Note: You must create a personal account while on campus (click on the link in the upper right corner of the Going Global homepage), then you can log in to use it anytime, anywhere. or through your account.  

    Internships in Scientific Research or Medicine

    Faculty at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have developed an extensive compilation of internships in scientific research and medicine offered nationwide for high school, undergraduate, post-doc and gradaute students, which can be accessed at the link above.

    Funding Opportunities for Students Pursuing Careers in STEM

    In an effort to promote resources for students in STEM, the Institute for Broadening Participation provides current information on education and career training opportunities. This includes paid summer research experiences for undergraduates, graduate fellowships, mentoring, professional development opportunities, and post-doctoral opportunities.  To learn more about these opportunities and to sign up to receive information on funding programs, please visit

    Postings on this website are not necessarily endorsed by the Biochemistry Department or the University of Iowa. They are intended for the use of Biochemistry Majors at the University of Iowa.