• 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. 

    ICRU Undergraduate Research Conference

    Sign up on the ICRU website ( attend this event on Saturday, February 27th, 10 am-2 pm at the University Capitol Center. 

    This event is meant for individuals in all levels of research exploration.  You are also welcome to apply to present a poster or an oral presentation.

    Come learn about the opportunity to publish, how to communicate your research more effectively, and even the first steps to become involved in research! 

    1-Year MS Program in Biomedical Sciences at Iowa State University

    In just one year of graduate course work, laboratory training, and collaboration with faculty on a project of choice, students can earn a non-thesis Master's in Biomedical Sciences.

    The Department of Biomedical Sciences is housed within the College of Veterinary Medicine and graduate students have access to state-of-the-art laboratories and learning spaces.  In addition, they have the opportunity to work with world-renowned faculty whose research interests range from molecular neurotoxicology, to pediatric immunology, to targets for antiparasitic drugs.

    The one-year non-thesis MS program is designed to open up opportunities for students planning to:

    • enter professional schools (Medical, Dental, Veterinary, PA, etc.);
    • pursue a PhD;
    • teach in higher education and;
    • land a career in industry.

    Visit our website at to find out more about all the graduate programs in Biomedical Sciences or send an email to

    4th Annual Intensive Fulbright U.S. Student Program

    Would you like to teach English, study, or do research or creative work abroad for an academic year at no cost? (U.S. citizens only)

    Did you know that a record number of 13 UI students won Fulbright awards last year to Colombia, New Zealand, India, Morocco, Malaysia, Turkey, Mongolia, Poland, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Russia?

    Join us for the 4th Annual Intensive Fulbright U.S. Student Program Workshop! This year we'll feature UI award recipients both in person and Skyping in from various countries:

    * Julia Julstrom-Agoyo (English Teaching Assistantship, Malaysia)
    * Sarah Mayer (English Teaching Assistantship, Colombia)
    * Daniel Goering (Study Research grant in Business, Japan)
    * Megan Small (Study/Research grant in Music, Hungary)
    * Sophie Amado (English Teaching Assistantship, Spain)

    Space is limited, so please register today! All interested students are encouraged to attend, including first- and second-year undergraduates.

    Are you:
    * a junior, senior, or recent graduate looking for international opportunities?
    * a graduate student (master's or Ph.D.-level)?
    * a recent graduate with a master's degree?

    You can apply for a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship!
    * Students from all disciplines can apply, including arts, humanities, business, social sciences, and STEM fields
    * Opportunities available in more than 140 countries

    The schedule is as follows:
    * 8:45: Registration, coffee, and light refreshments
    * 9 a.m.: Information session featuring current UI grantees with tips on how to get started
    * 10 a.m.: A hands-on workshop with faculty mentors on essay writing for grants
    * 11 a.m.: Panel and Q & A session with successful Fulbright student and faculty grantees

    Learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program at

    For more information, please contact Karen Wachsmuth, associate director, international fellowships, International Programs,, 319-335-1436.

    Summer Research and Graduate Funding Opportunities

    In an effort to promote resources for students in STEM, the Institute for Broadening Participation provides educational and career training opportunities. This includes paid summer research, graduate fellowships, and graduate programs. To learn more about these opportunities and to sign up to receive information on funding programs, please visit

     Paid Summer 2016 Undergraduate Research Placement:
     Over 800 programs - NSF REU, NASA and other paid summer research opportunities for undergrads  

     For Financial Support in Graduate School:
     Fellowships and graduate programs in a wide variety of STEM disciplines:  

    For tips on applying and associated resources:  

    For opportunities specifically in the Ocean Sciences:  

    For opportunities specifically in Engineering:  

    Summer Undergraduate Research Programs- UT Southwestern Medical Center

    UT Southwestern is sponsoring the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program.  The goal is to provide 75 students an intensive, 10-week research experience in a world class environment. In addition to research, SURF provides seminars, optional classes in Cancer Biology, Genetics, Leadership and Communication skills and social events, and an end-of-program poster session.  The SURF website and on-line application can be found at

    Other summer research fellowship programs include: Quantitative and Physical Science Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (QP-SURF) Program and the Summer Undergraduate Research Institution for the Study of Kidney Disease (SURISKD) Program.   More information about these programs can be found at: and

    All three summer programs will run from June 6 through August 12, 2016.  Application deadline is February 9, 2016.

    KSEA (Korean-American Scientists and Engineers)

    KSEA was established in 1971 as a non-profit professional organization with over 6,000 registered members with 70 local chapters and 13 technical groups across the United States.  KSEA Iowa City Chapter shares three mission statements to provide opportunities for International Corporation, Career Development, and Community Service.  The organization objectives are to promote the application of science and technology for general welfare of society and foster international cooperation, especially between the U.S. and Korea and help Korean-American Scientists and Engineers develop their full career potential.

    Locally, they are planning to invite speakers from the industry in science and engineering fields to conduct seminars to provide students with networking opportunities.  Also, they will invite students to annual KSEA conferences, such as US-Korea Conference (UKC) and Young Generation Technical and Leadership Conference to present their leading-edge research and share their ideas with other Korean-American Scientists and Engineers in the United States.

    For more information about the organization, please visit:

    IBP Resources Available to Research Students

    The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) is a non-profit funded by NSF and NASA to connect students with resources such as undergraduate scholarships and research opportunities, graduate programs and fellowships, and postdoctoral positions in STEM.  They have a National Student Directory that students can join in order to receive information about programs and funding that match their disciplinary interests and level of study: 

    They also have a searchable database of over 1,500 programs -- including graduate programs and fellowships -- available at:

    As well as a Resource Library full of tips on finding and applying to programs:

    They would also like to draw your attention to their NSF-funded Minorities Striving and Pursuing Higher Degrees of Success in GEO REU (MS PHD’S–GEO REU) Professional Development Program. This program is targeted to students who have recently completed an NSF REU program in the Geosciences or related fields.

    The application deadline is September 14, 2015. Participants in the MS PHD’S–GEO REU program will attend the 2015 AGU Fall Meeting. Program participants will engage in virtual and on-site professional development, networking, community building and mentoring activities. Learn more about program activities and eligibility requirements at:

    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.

    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.