Undergraduate Program Opportunities

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    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.

    Lakes Regional Healthcare - Summer Volunteer Program

    Lakes Regional Healthcare, a hospital in Spirit Lake, Iowa (in the heart of the Okoboji/Iowa Great Lakes area) is offering a great opportunity for high school and undergraduate college students to experience the healthcare industry first-hand this summer. Their 8-Week Summer Junior Volunteer Program will allow students to learn new skills, develop their career path in the healthcare field, and help others.

    For more information and to apply, please go to  Applications are due by May 12, 2016 and can be sent to Lakes Regional Healthcare, Attention: Jennifer Gustafson, PO Box AB, Spirit Lake, IA 51360.  Your application will require a written reference from your school guidance counselor or a teacher/professor.  For more information, call 712-336-8799. 

    Aerotek-Now Hiring Lab Technicians

    Aerotek is seeking current students and recent graduates within a scientific field (Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Food Science, etc) to full multiple full-time openings.  Pay ranges from $16-$18/hour.

    Skills used:  DNA and RNA synthesizing, collecting samples, cleaving, HPLC purification, PCR, deprotection/desalting, problem solving, etc.

    To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Jacob Hicks, 319-731-1069 or

    Opportunity for Student Researchers: Latham Fellows Program

    The Latham Fellows Program ( is a unique experience established to foster scientific engagement, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovative thinking. 

    To apply, students must be a Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior with a major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; One semester of undergraduate research experience (minimum); and a GPA > 3.3.

    To apply, please complete the online application ( and one letter of recommendation from a research advisor is required.  Application deadline to be considered for Fall 2016 is May 15, 2016.  For more information, please contact Brinda Shetty at 335-0964 or

    Summer Internship Opportunities 

    Genetic Counseling Summer Internship, Summer 2016

    The Genetic Counseling Summer Internship is intended for upper level undergraduate students or recent graduates interested in a career in genetic counseling. The application deadline for this highly competitive program is March 14, 2016. Information regarding the internship, along with the application can be found on our website at:

    Bioinformatics Summer Internship, Summer 2016

    The Bioinformatics Summer Internship is intended for undergraduate students or recent graduates interested in bioinformatics and personalized genomic medicine. The deadline for this highly competitive program is April 1, 2016. Information regarding the internship, along with the application can be found on our website at:

    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

    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:  

    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.