The Science Alliance is a new, UI-sponsored collaborative connecting faculty, staff, graduate students, and post-docs who are interested in cultivating future generations of scientists. Three overarching goals drive the program: establishing an online network of campus-wide Science Allies, developing a peer leader program to increase awareness of undergraduate research opportunities, and a Science Alliance Internship Program. The Science Alliance will work cooperatively with other undergraduate research programs including the Iowa Biosciences Academy, the UI Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) and the Latham Science Engagement Fellowship Program.
High-school seniors, transfer students and current UI undergraduate science majors can request online to become a Science Alliance Member and connect with the network of faculty, graduate students, post-docs (Science Allies), and the Science Alliance Peer Leaders. Alliance members will receive information about the research programs and opportunities on campus and will be invited to public events such as the IBA Scholar Symposium to gain exposure to undergraduate research.
The Science Alliance Internship Program supports first and second year students interested in exploring research on campus. The program aims to enrich the undergraduate experience through coursework, mentor matching, career guidance, and creating a cohort of students with similar interests in science and research. Lab wages and access to a summer program for Science Alliance Interns will be provided.
Science Alliance Interns will enroll in BIOL:1808 – Ways of Knowing Science (1 s.h.) or IBA:1041 – Student Development Seminar (1 s.h.) depending on the student’s point of entry into the program. Course should be determined with assistance from program staff.
- access to UI research faculty looking for undergraduate researchers
- assistance in matching with research mentor
- hands-on research experience, seminars and conferences
- career counseling
- hourly wages for laboratory research (year-round) and on-campus room & board (summer)