Summer 2022 application portal is now open and has been extended to accept applications until February 28th

The Biomedical Scholars Summer Undergraduate Research Program (BSURP) at the University of Iowa is sponsored by six Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs in GeneticsHuman ToxicologyImmunologyMolecular MedicineNeuroscience, and Free Radical and Radiation Biology.


The purpose of the BSURP is to provide talented undergraduate bioscience majors with direct laboratory research experience under the mentorship of research faculty members, to introduce them to the challenges and rewards provided by a research career, and to showcase the outstanding biomedical research training opportunities at the University of Iowa.


Scholars who have completed the sophomore or junior year, majoring in any area of the biological sciences at an accredited four-year college or university, are eligible. Women and members of underrepresented minority groups are encouraged to apply. This program is open to US citizens or permanent residents.

Program Dates

This is a 10-week residential summer program.  The 2022 program is expected to begin Monday, May 23 and end on Friday, July 29, 2022 (10-week program). Departures from this schedule can be considered only in special circumstances. Scholars are expected to devote their full time to the program for its duration.

What is provided?

We anticipate that each scholar will be provided:

  • A highly competitive stipend of $5,250
  • Housing in the University of Iowa dormitories
  • A travel award of up $500 to help offset the cost of travel to and from Iowa City

Academic Credit

This is an award to support research.  Academic credit is not awarded.

Application Procedure: 

1)  Submit a completed on-line application form and please include the following items in your application upload:

  • An academic transcript that includes Fall 2021 grades (when available)

2) Have three letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with your skills and aptitudes (particularly in the biological sciences) emailed to

In the on-line application form, applicants will indicate which Graduate Program(s) best align with their research interests.  If selected, the scholar will then work with the Programs to identify an appropriate faculty research mentor.

The application period for Summer 2022 is: December 1, 2021 - February 28, 2022.  Applications will be evaluated after the admissions portal closes.

For additional information contact the Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs by email,

Contact Information:
Biomedical Scholars Summer Undergraduate Research Program
357 Medical Research Center
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-1182