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The University of Iowa Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) allows students to pursue broad research interests, which they may not have the opportunity to pursue extensively in undergraduate coursework. Participants will gain laboratory research experience from faculty in the Human Toxicology Program, participate in a seminar program designed especially for this program, and have the opportunity to join in informal social events.

Students 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.

Following selection, the applicant will choose an appropriate faculty research mentor through e-mail/telephone communication. The 10 week program will begin at the end of May and continue through the end of July. Participants are expected to devote their full time to the program during its duration. Each student participant will receive a stipend of $3,750 for the ten-week session. In addition, housing in University of Iowa dormitories will be provided (~$1,800 value). An additional award of up to $500 for travel to and from Iowa City will also be available.

Applications open December 1, 2021 and are due by February 2, 2022.

To apply, submit a completed application form online (available mid-October), and have three letters of recommendation from faculty familiar with your skills and aptitudes (particularly in the biological sciences), and a recent transcript (which should include fall grades). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning in December.

For more information, please contact either Dr. Peter Thorne at or David Purdy at