Qualifications to Apply

Qualified applicants must:

  • eligible students should 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, or first generation college student.
  • be committed to increasing diversity in the sciences
  • be committed to or seriously considering a Ph.D. in the Biosciences.
  • hold at least a 3.0 GPA
  • be an incoming first-year student, transfer student, or current UI student with a qualifying major.*
  • submit a free application complete with a short essay and a letter of recommendation from a science or math instructor or a research advisor.**

* Students can apply at any time during their academic career at the University of Iowa. However, due to the program's structure, students should expect to be in the program for a minimum of 1 year.

** Applications are accepted year-round. However, deadlines to enter the program by a particular semester are as follows:

  • August 1 for Fall
  • October 1 for Spring
  • April 1 for Summer