Research at Iowa changes lives—and not just those who benefit from a new medical treatment or technology developed by Hawkeyes.
Research creates an opportunity to have a unique, transformative academic experience. When you get involved in research, you develop practical skills that set you apart in the job market and help you find new areas of specialization you love.
As one of the country's foremost public research institutions, there's no better place to find those experiences than Iowa. And with support for high-impact, pioneering research at the core of our mission, you can be part of a team that changes the world.
1 in 3
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Million in external research funding
Research at Iowa
Leadership in research
On March 8, 2020, the State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa had its first positive test result for COVID-19. In the year that followed, the University of Iowa has been on the forefront of COVID-19 research, treatments, care, and the vaccine.
Two new Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs funded by the National Science Foundation bring students to Iowa for active participation in research projects.
University of Iowa researcher Ellen van der Plas hopes that by examining the brain development of children battling leukemia, she can improve treatment paradigms and minimize potential long-term side effects.