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Undergraduate Research Opportunities


Nancy Creason Young Scientist Program
The University of Iowa College of Nursing Young Scientist Program provides year-long mentored research experiences for undergraduate nursing students. This innovative program is made possible through the support of the Nancy Stence Creason Nursing Young Scientist Scholarship, and the Lazarra Family Foundation Young Scientist Award. The opportunity to participate as a YSP mentor is open to all University of Iowa College of Nursing Faculty, Postdoctoral Fellows, Doctoral Students and University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Staff with an active clinical nursing research project. The opportunity to participate as a YSP student is open to all undergraduate and RN-BSN progression students.

"The Young Scientist Program is about the integration of all aspects of your career. My education has become highly enriched by participating in this program."-- Katie Curran, BSN student

Iowa Bioscience Advantage Program
IBA is an NIH funded program whose mission is to identify academically talented undergraduate underrepresented students with aspirations for a research career and provide them with first-rate training that will facilitate their entry into doctoral programs in the biomedical, behavioral, and biophysical sciences. The program provides:

  • Hourly wages for research year-round ($9-$10.50/hr depending on experience)
  • On-campus room & board during the summer for students conducting research at UI
  • Financial support for travel to science conferences where they can present their research
  • Career counseling
  • Preparation for a Ph.D. education through workshops and seminars (1-credit course requirement per semester)

The application process is easy. The student should complete the online form (, one letter of recommendation must be provided, and the program directors will conduct a short, 20 minute interview with the student. For more information, visit

Independent Study
Honor’s independent study or regular independent study as member of a research team. Earn up to 3 s.h. as a member of a research team.

Research Assistant
Paid undergraduate research assistant positions.

Volunteer on a research project

For more information about any of these undergraduate research opportunities, please contact Stephanie Gilbertson-White, PhD, APRN-BC at or 319-335-7023.