Iowa Biosciences Academy

The IBA is a grant-funded program that supports the academic and personal success of underrepresented University of Iowa students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in the Biosciences.

IBA scholars have access to hands-on research opportunities, a faculty mentor, professional development workshops, competitive wages, free tutoring (as needed) and a strong community of students, faculty, and staff with common goals. IBA scholars enroll in classes aimed at enriching student development at each stage of their college career. Coursework includes Critical Analysis of Research, Applying to Graduate School, Teaching Your Research, and an independent study Capstone Project. IBA scholars may also particpate in an 8-week summer program consisting of weekly professional development seminars and paid lab work of up to 40 hours per week.

The benefit is that each IBA student graduates with a true advantage - a polished personal statement, preparation for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), practice interviewing, numerous research presentations, and a lifelong network of friends and colleagues. By the time IBA students graduate, they are strong candidates for top graduate programs in the Biosciences.