• 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.

    "Pitch Your Project" - A Three Minute Research Story Competition

    Event Date - Friday, February 20, 2015, 1-3PM - Learning Commons, Main Library


    The first of what will be an annual research communication competition which challenges students to present a compelling pitch or story about their research and its significance. This event is modeled after the "3MT" 3 Minute Thesis competition that was developed for graduate students.


    • Any undergraduate student involved in research or creative work at the University of Iowa is welcome to apply to compete
    • 15 finalists will be chosen from a variety of disciplines and majors


    • The top five students will each be awarded a $500 scholarship to attend a professional development program or event. This could include: travel to give conference presentations, perform or exhibit work, attend a summer performance workshop, etc.
    • The award will need to be used by the time the recipient's graduate (or within the summer immediately following a spring semester graduation).


    • To apply to be considered as a finalist, please complete this form by February 4, 2015.  You will need to be ready to submit the following
    • A general audience abstract of your research/creative work (300 word max.)
    • A 250 word (max) response to the following question:
      • The ability to create a compelling and accessible research narrative is an a invaluable skill. However, many scholars are either aren't very good at this style of communication or don't understand the importance.
      • Why do you think this is and what value to you see in making research accessible?

    Final Stanley International Research Awards Essay Workshop

    Are you interested in, or planning to apply for, an undergraduate or graduate Stanley Award for International Research this year?  Plan to attend their upcoming workshop, where they'll review drafts of essays for those who'd like to get constructive feedback.  They'll also discuss the basic requirements and strategies for success.

    If you would like to have your essay(s) reviewed, please email your draft(s) to Karen Wachsmuth ( by noon on January 28th.

    Application deadline: February 11, 2015

    For more information about the Stanley Awards, please visit our website:

    Please direct questions to: Karen Wachsmuth, international fellowships specialist, 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 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  
    For Undergraduates: 
    Paid Summer 2015 Undergraduate Research Placements:
    Over 800 programs - 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 NASA-supported internships, fellowships and scholarships:

    For tips on applying and associated resources:

    For opportunities specifically in the Ocean Sciences:

    For opportunities specifically in Engineering:


    A new opportunity for student researchers--PROJECT ENGAGE--is now available.  The Latham Fellowship Project is a unique experience established to foster scientific engagement, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovative thinking.  Undergraduate students who are working in labs and/or doing research are encouraged to apply to this program. 

    To qualify, you must be a Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior standing with a major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, have one semester (minimum) of undergraduate research experience, and a GPA > 3.3.

    Your application must include a one-page essay communicating views regarding research innovation, scientific engagement and meeting the needs of society's world.  One letter of recommendation from a research advisor is also required.  If awarded, Fellows will receive $1,000 upon completion of one-year program.

    To learn more about the program, please contact Brinda Shetty at 319-335-0964 or  All materials must be submitted by March 15, 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:  

    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.