Research Ramp-Up

Welcome to ICRU!

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The Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) is committed to educating students through research, scholarship, and creative activities to benefit the research mission of the university.  From exploration of opportunities to formal research presentation, ICRU promotes professional skill development by focusing on communication and cultivation of the mentee/mentor relationship.  Through their experiences, students will build the traits, self-confidence, and skills necessary to approach and solve the challenges they and society will face in the future.


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Virtual Fall Undergraduate Research Festival, November 9-13

ICRU is ready to hear what you have been working on! Register now to present your research at vFURF, November 9-13.

More Information

The ICRU office is temporarily open only limited hours.
We are open for in-person walk-ins 1:00-5:00 Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Please email to set up a Zoom appointment.
Do you have concerns regarding undergraduate research on campus that you would like ICRU to address?  Send us a suggestion or concern.  All submissions are anonymous unless you choose otherwise!
For information on undergraduate researchers in the research ramp-up, see

Undergraduate Library Research Award

Have you used the UI's library resources to conduct your research? You may be eligible for a $500 scholarship!  Read more:

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Stay Engaged!

Keep your brain active.

Feeling a bit more disconnected from campus than usual? Us, too. Check out our "Stay Engaged!" section in "News".

Online interviews

FaceTime Med School Interviewing

Concerned about medical school interviews going virtual? You aren't alone. Read this article from the Association of American Medical Colleges.