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.

    Critical Language Scholarship Information Session--Tuesday, October 25th

    Are you interested in studying one of 14 critical languages abroad in an immersive summer program, free of charge? (U.S. citizens only)  If so, please attend on Tuesday, October 25, 5:00-6:30 p.m., room 315 Phillips Hall

    Visiting CLS Program Officer Nellie Manis from Washington, D.C. will discuss the requirements and application process, and Patricia Hartland, a 2016 CLS awardee in Hindi from the UI, will also be speaking. Interested students are encouraged to begin the electronic application and attend a webinar if possible before the session, and to bring questions regarding the process.

    The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. For eight to ten weeks each summer, students from across the U.S. live and study at over twenty sites abroad, covering the equivalent of a full  year of college-level language study in fourteen critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

    Questions?  Contact Karen Wachsmuth, associate director, International Fellowships, International Programs,, 319-335-1436.

    Careers in Human Genetics Information Day-Friday, November 11th, 9:00AM - 3:30PM

    This event is offered to anyone interested in career paths and possibilities in the rapidly-growing field of human genetics.  Enrollment is limited, so register today at: 

    Research Opportunities at Mayo Clinic

    There are research opportunities at Mayo Clinic for students who are going on to PhD or MD/PhD training. You are undoubtedly familiar with the excellent reputation of Mayo Clinic in clinical medicine. Mayo Graduate School offers equally excellent biomedical research and education programs. We especially want to highlight three upcoming admission deadlines:

     1. Mayo Graduate School offers PhD and MD/PhD training to future leaders in biomedical research and education. Training is especially distinctive for the world-class research laboratories at Mayo Clinic campuses in Minnesota, Florida, and Arizona, and Mayo Clinic's unique funding model where all PhD students are awarded 5-year internal fellowships to select the mentor of their choice with no teaching responsibilities. Mayo Graduate School particularly welcomes applications from international and underrepresented students. The Mayo Graduate School application deadline is Dec. 1, 2016.

     2. Mayo Graduate School Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program offers a world-class opportunity for undergraduates to conduct a summer research project for 10 weeks while developing technical skills, networking, and enjoying special weekly seminars about current research. The SURF application  deadline is Feb. 1, 2017.

     3. Mayo Graduate School created and sustains the oldest competitive NIH-funded Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) in the U.S. This program enriches PhD- and MD/PhD-bound post-baccalaureate students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research, with the goal of a future biomedical research workforce whose diversity matches that of our country. Participants benefit from mentored research, graduate courses, and focused training in communication skills. The PREP application deadline is May 1, 2017. Look for more information about these remarkable training programs on the Mayo Graduate School website

    PULSe Fall Open House

    Undergraduates are invited to the PULSe Fall Open House on Friday, November 4, 2016. This open house serves as an opportunity to introduce your students to the Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Science Ph.D. Program (PULSe)  PULSe provides opportunities for an interdisciplinary graduate experience in the basic life sciences for Ph.D. students.

    Activities will include a meet the faculty session, lunch with current students, and a tour of lab facilities.* Your students will gain exposure to some of the life science research being done at Purdue, while they are also given an opportunity to talk with faculty and students to familiarize themselves with the PULSe Program.

    The details of the 2016 PULSe Fall Open House are as follows:

    Date: Friday, November 4, 2016
    Time: 10:00 - 3:30 PM
    Location: 207 S. Martin Jischke Drive, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

    Activities: Overview will begin at 10:00, including meet the faculty session, lab tours, lunch with students, and tour of campus facilities.

    Lunch will be provided.


    Questions: 496-1016 or  

    Exploring Careers in Biosciences

    You are welcome to attend the Exploring Careers in Biosciences event, which will be held on Thursday, October 20th, from 6:30-8:00 PM in the North Room/IMU.  Appetizers and networking will be available!  For more information, please go to: 

    This is an event designed for students to practice their networking skills as well as learn from organizations about various career opportunities in the Biosciences.  Registration for this event is not required.

    STEM Funding and Professional Development Resources

    Students can sign up for periodic (4-6 emails/year) notifications about deadlines for programs that match their disciplinary interests and level of study:

    Search Portable Graduate Fellowships (deadlines opening soon for academic year 2017-2018 funding) at:  Portable Graduate Fellowships

    View their webinar archives and resources library pages for tips on finding and applying to programs:  

    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

    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: 

    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.