A brief history of ICRU

The Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) was created in 2006 as a collaboration between the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Research. Through partnerships with various campus programs, combined with acceptance and validation from faculty, staff, students, and the university, ICRU has since grown from running one Fellowship program to a full-blown support system for undergraduate researchers.  Despite its growth, ICRU still holds fast to its original goal to support individual students through helping undergraduates find research and creative work experiences and providing platforms for students to learn research communication skills.


     ICRU Staff

     Bob Kirby - ICRU Director
     Melinda Licht - ICRU Program Coordinator

     ICRU Student Ambassadors

     Nicholas McCarty - Senior, Biochemistry Major
     Mik Mallin - Sophomore, Biomedical Science and Dance Major
     Preston Anderson - Junior, Biochemistry and Human Physiology Major
     Lance Heady - Junior, Biochemistry and Neurobiology Major
​     Chelsea Ryan - Senior, Psychology Major
     Eric Mittauer - Junior, Human Physiology Major
     Lindsey Floryance - Junior, Chemistry Major (Pre-Pharmacy)
     Paige Noble - Junior, Biochemistry Major
     Sarah Van Dorin - Senior, Biochemistry Major
     Tamar Kavlashvili - Senior, Cell and Developmental Biology Major
     Angela Schab - Junior, Cell and Developmental Biology Major
     Megan Helms - Junior, Biomedical Engineering Major
     Aparna Ajjarapu​ - Junior, Biochemistry Major
     Anya Kim - Senior, Neurobiology and Spanish Major
     Kayla Ladd - Junior, Biology Major
     Paul Taufalele - Senior, Biomedical Engineering Major
     Elise Kerns - Senior, English Major
     Angela Olvera - Junior, Biomedical Engineering Major
     Cari Wadman - Junior, Psychology Major

     ICRU Steering Committee

     Marc Armstrong - Professor, Geography
     Lon Moeller - Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean,      University College
     Craig Just - Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
     Rebekah Kowal - Associate Professor, Dance
     Cornelia Lang - Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy
     Ann Ricketts - Assistant Vice President for Research, Communication and      External Relations
     Sarah Vigmostad  - Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering