Undergraduate Research Programs

The Iowa Biosciences Academy consists of several programs working to support underrepresented (see below), undergraduate student researchers to facilitate entry into a PhD programs, MD/PhD programs, or careers in research. 

IBA Scholars Program for junior and senior students committed to pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD

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

LSAMP Program for students interested in research and completing a bachelor's degree in STEM

Underrepresented Populations in the U.S. Biomedical, Clinical, Behavioral and Social Sciences Research
In spite of tremendous advancements in scientific research, information, educational and research opportunities are not equally available to all. NIH encourages institutions to diversify their student and faculty populations to enhance the participation of individuals from groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences, such as:

  1. URM* (Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders)
  2. Individuals with a disability**
  3. Disadvantaged background (must meet two or more qualifications)
    1. Homeless (past or present)
    2. Foster Care (past or present)
    3. Eligible for Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program (for 2 or more years)
    4. 1st Gen  (no parents or legal guardians have/had completed a bachelor’s degree)
    5. Pell Grant eligible (past or present)
    6. Food Stamps, SNAP or WIC eligible (past or present)
    7. Grew up in a rural or disadvantaged area

*URM - Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis (see data at https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/showpub.cfm?TopID=2&SubID=27) and the report Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering). The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. 

**Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended.  See NSF data at, https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2017/nsf17310/static/data/tab7-5.pdf.