About

Iowa Biosciences Academy logoWelcome to the Iowa Biosciences Academy (IBA) program!

The mission of the Iowa Biosciences Academy (IBA) program is to identify academically talented undergraduate underrepresented students with aspirations for a research career and provide them with first-rate training that will facilitate their entry into Ph.D. programs in the biomedical, behavioral, and biophysical sciences.

Funding for the IBA program comes from the National Institutes of Health and the University of Iowa Chief Diversity Office and the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development. The National Institute of General Medical Sciences' Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity (TWD) administers research and research training programs including those programs that increase the number of minority biomedical, behavioral, and biophysical scientists. IBA's grant is an Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) under the TWD.

The Department of Biology at the University of Iowa is the administrative home of the IBA program and is located in the Biology Building.