Science Alliance FAQs

Who can register as a Science Ally?

  • UI undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs, staff, and faculty are all welcome to become Science Allies.

Why is undergraduate research important?

  • Research involvement is an important part of undergraduate education at the University of Iowa.  Students in all disciplines benefit from being a part of the scholarly work of our faculty and staff.  These opportunities provide undergraduates with hands on experience as they prepare themselves for graduate or professional training.  Outstanding programs and mentors abound at Iowa for students as they begin to sample possible career paths and many undergraduates make research a focal point of their academic training. - UI Office of the Vice President for Research

Who can apply to be a Science Alliance Intern?

  • first- and second-year students with a qualifying major.
  • eligible students must identify as a member of an underrepresented group in STEM, including African-American, Alaskan Native, American Indian, Hispanic American, Native Hawaiian, Native Pacific Islander, economically disadvantaged, student with a disability, rural (25 miles from urban area with a population greater than 50,000), or first generation college student.
  • hold at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • submit a free application complete with a short essay and a letter of recommendation from a research advisor or teacher.

What are the benefits to becoming a Science Alliance Intern?

  • access to UI research faculty looking for undergraduate researchers.
  • assistance in matching with research mentor.
  • hands-on research experience, professional development seminars, and conferences.
  • career counseling.
  • hourly wages for laboratory research (year-round) and on-campus room & board (summer).