Welcome to the Iowa Biosciences Academy!

The IBA is a grant-funded program that supports the academic and personal success of University of Iowa students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in the Biosciences. IBA students have access to hands-on research opportunities that earn competitive wages, a faculty mentor, professional development workshops, career counseling, free tutoring (as needed) and a strong community of students, staff & faculty that value diversity in the Biosciences.

  • IBA students participating in a team building exercise on the Pentacrest.
  • Members of the Iowa Biosciences Academy
  • Members of the Iowa Biosciences Academy
  • Members of the Iowa Biosciences Academy
  • Members of the Iowa Biosciences Academy
  • A demonstration of research performed in the Iowa Biosciences Academy
  • Science Alliance is looking for Freshman and Sophomores that are interested in science and a possible career in research.

    Become a Science Ally 
    Join a network of students, grad students, faculty, post-docs, and staff interested in undergraduate research and IBA programming.

    Science Alliance Internship Program
    Support for first and second year students interested in research and considering graduate school

    Peer Mentoring Program 
    Students mentoring students to create a sense of belonging and community for undergraduate student researchers


  • The Science Alliance Programs offers opportunities to participate in Peer Mentoring!

    The Peer Mentoring Program assists new students in our programs through their transition into the scientific community by pairing them with a peer mentor who provides guidance and support. Peer mentors provide their mentees with semester-long support in areas such as goal setting, research, social support, and professional development. They work individually with students, assess their strengths and needs, and devise a personalized plan of action.

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