Undergraduate Research and Creative Work Fund 

Your financial gift provides support to undergraduates who are involved in research or creative scholarship at the University of Iowa. 

Engagement in research and creative work as an undergraduate student can be an incredibly formative experience.  The Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) helps students from all disciplines – from art to engineering to psychology to chemistry – connect with and participate in research and creative projects around campus.    Students collaborate with faculty, staff, and other students to understand and solve problems, both in and across their fields of study.
  • “Through research, I was able to incorporate my classes with real life experiences and see how theories in my major can be applied. I received positive feedback and lots of help/advice from my mentor, gained countless benefits, and expanded my knowledge without being in a classroom. On a personal level, my research experience has made me a much more confident and independent individual.  I am able to learn at multiple levels and feel that I’ve transformed from a student into a young professional.”  - Class of 2013 student researcher

The University of Iowa’s undergraduates are a vital part of our research community and when asked why they support opportunities for young students to get involved in their work, faculty routinely say:

  • “[Getting involved in research] can change student’s lives by introducing them to new career paths.”
  • “Students bring energy, creativity, enthusiasm, and new perspectives to research, which helps [us] to make new discoveries”
  • “Working with students in research is one way to help foster the next generation of scientists, scholars, and professionals.”

Our students feel equally as positive about working with faculty:

  • “Working with my faculty mentor has been one of the defining experiences of my undergraduate career.  She is fully responsible for the young scientist that I have become.  I cannot thank her enough for the enormous impact she has made on my life.”  - Class of 2015 student researcher

The most common examples of support include:

-- Research Fellowships - $2,500 supports one undergraduate student for one summer or academic year.

-- Travel Awards - $500-$1,000 provides support for one undergraduate student to present their work at a domestic or international conference in their field

-- Excellence in Undergraduate Research Awards Fund - $100-$500 supports recognition of undergraduates pursuing outstanding research or creative scholarship