• 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. 

    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.

    Lab Internship Opportunity at Red Star Yeast

    Red Star Yeast Company LLC (RSYC), a leader in the Yeast Manufacturing Industry, is now accepting resumes for a Laboratory Technician Internship position at our Cedar Rapids, IA location! RSYC is a joint venture between Lesaffre Yeast Corporation and ADM, and is proud to have a state of the art facility that opened its doors in 2005 as the largest fresh yeast manufacturing facility in North America. The Lesaffre Yeast Corporation has been providing quality yeast products since 1853 and is the world leader in yeast and yeast extracts with a presence in more than 30 countries worldwide. 

    The primary purpose of the Laboratory Technician Intern is to conduct chemical and physical analysis of raw materials and yeast, and/or microbiological analysis, both in-process and finished product. Responsibilities will include assisting laboratory technicians with testing, cleaning and calibrating equipment, and record keeping.  This internship position reports to the Laboratory Supervisor. 

    The ideal candidate will be currently enrolled in a Microbiology, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Food Science Degree Program and exhibit strong communication and customer service skills.

    Compensation and Schedule Details:

    • Internship start date: As soon as available.
    • Part-time, Non-Exempt Hourly Position offering $13/hour
    • Hours per week will average 15-20 hours while maintaining student status.
    • Best qualified candidates will be able to work over recognized school breaks, such as Thanksgiving and between Christmas and New Years.

    Please apply by sending resumes

    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.