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Over 500 outstanding undergraduate researchers from the University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Northern Iowa have gathered in Des Moines for a day dedicated to Research in the Capitol. This presentation celebrates how undergraduates learning by doing research in a variety of fields.

Channel 13 stopped by this year: http://whotv.com/…/college-students-assemble-at-capitol-to…/

For more information, please visit our website at www.uiowa.edu/icru

Consider an upper-level research seminar!
Check out HONR:3180:0002 (143:185:002) on ISIS! 
ICRU Research Ambassadors is now an upper-level, interdisciplinary research seminar. This one-credit hour, graded course brings together students from different majors and research areas to discuss research on a broader level (major/current events that affect research topics and funding, research in the news and social media, trends in publishing, etc.).  Spring 2015 – Tuesdays or Wednesdays 3:30-4:45PM, 440 BHC  

We hope that ICRU’s Annual Research in the Capitol event was as nerdy and enlightening as our state legislators could handle today! Thanks toLindsay Marshall , Cindy Kilgoe and Bob Kirby for all of their work on this opportunity for undergraduate researchers to present their work to our elected officials. For more information on ICRU and this event, visithttp://www.uiowa.edu/icru/article/research-capitol

Apply now to be a part of the University of Iowa’s first “Pitch Your Project” Competition. 

What IS it? A research communication competition designed to challenge students to present a compelling pitch or story about their research and its significance. 

What kind of prizes are available? Five students will each be awarded a $500 scholarship to attend a professional development program or conference.

How do I find more information? Visit the website at http://www.uiowa.edu/icru/article/three-minute-research-story-compeition

How do I apply for one of the spots in the competition? Access the application form here

FURF Presentation
Join ICRU and Honors at Iowa for the 5th Annual Fall Undergraduate Research Festival (FURF) on Wednesday, December 3rd from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. 

Held on the 2nd floor of the University Capitol Centre (UCC), this festival celebrates undergraduate contributions to research and creative work at the University of Iowa. 

Using posters or other visual displays, undergraduate students share their work, either as an independent project or as a collaboration with a faculty mentor. 

Present your own work or come see what your fellow students do for research and creative work!

WHO: Kelly Thornburg, Honors Scholarships & Fellowships Director, & Lindsay Marshall, Assistant Director of ICRU

WHAT: Brain Force Development: Five Things You Can Do Now to Make the Most of Your Big Brain, Quick Wit, and Boundless Energy

WHERE: 420B BHC

WHEN: Friday, November 15 from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

WHY: Join us for an interactive discussion of the big ideas, good habits, and handy resources that can kick start your shift from inexperienced student to savvy collaborator.

HOW: Register here! For more information, contact Kelly Thornburg or Lindsay Marshall.

The ICRU Academic Year Fellows program allows faculty or P&S staff members to hire one student as a research fellow to work on a specific project for one academic year. Students are selected by faculty mentors in any discipline to work in areas such as research, lab work, manuscript editing, data collection, etc. Students are provided $2,000 for the entire year and work about ten hours per week.

Number awarded: approximately 150 students (including ICRU Summer Fellows)

Requirements: full-time, degree-seeking University of Iowa student; at least a 3.0 GPA

Application deadline: Sunday, March 30 at 11:59 pm

These awards recognize outstanding accomplishments in scholarly investigation, artistic creation, or performance by one undergraduate student in each of the following fields: Art, Engineering, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. Awardees receive a $1,000 award to travel to a professional event or program and an ICRU Fellowship for the following summer or academic year. (Students do not have to be an ICRU Fellow to apply.)

Eligibility: University of Iowa juniors returning next year

Number awarded: 5 students

Application deadline: Sunday, March 2 at 11:59 pm

The ICRU Summer Fellows program allows faculty or P&S staff members to hire one student as a research fellow to work on a specific project for one summer. Students are selected by faculty mentors in any discipline to work in areas such as research, lab work, manuscript editing, data collection, etc. Students are provided $2,500 for the summer and work about twenty hours per week.

Number awarded: approximately 150 students (including ICRU Academic Year Fellows)

Requirements: full-time, degree-seeking University of Iowa student; at least a 3.0 GPA

Application deadline: Sunday, March 9 at 11:59 pm

Fall Undergraduate Research Festival

WHO: undergraduate researchers & the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates

WHAT: research presentations by University of Iowa undergraduates

WHERE: 2nd floor UCC (Old Capitol Mall)

WHEN: Wednesday, December 4 at 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

WHY: Come chat with other undergraduates about the research they are doing on campus. For a list of presenters and their abstracts, click here.

HOW: Stop by anytime Wednesday evening!

How to Make Writing Final Papers a Little Less Painful!

WHO: University of Iowa librarians

WHAT: How to Make Writing Final Papers a Little Less Painful!

WHERE: Main Library

WHEN: Monday, November 18 from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

WHY: Join our librarians for an overview of how to use UI’s citation software (which formats references for you in the style you choose) and efficiently search the large databases for the sources you need to make writing those final papers at little less painful!

HOW: Fill out this survey here!

What Do You Do, ICRU?

The Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) is a program unique to the University of Iowa. What it’s most well-known for are its fellowships.

Each year, students can apply to become an ICRU Summer or Academic Year Fellow. This fellowship allows students to pursue a research project of their own design, while being mentored by a faculty member of their choice. On top of that, the student is provided with a scholarship ($2500 for a summer, $2000 for an academic year) to help fund their research.

Here at the University of Iowa, we’re incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to not only participate research but also do it on our own terms. For more information about ICRU or research at Iowa, visit the ICRU website. For further inquiries, email Bob Kirby (ICRU director) or Lindsay Marshall (iCRU assistant director).

Meet the Staff

The Honors professional staff have their offices on the fourth floor of the BHC. They’re here to help students, so don’t be shy – strike up a conversation with them! If you have a question and are not sure who to ask, here’s who’s who:

Art Spisak: Director

This is the man who runs the show that is the Honors Program. He’s done a lot to reinvent Honors during his time at Iowa and has a great memory for names. For general questions about the Honors Program, ask Art.

Bob Kirby: Associate Director; ICRU Director

Bob has been working with the University of Iowa for decades and serves as Associate Director to the Honors Program and director of the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU). ICRU offers opportunities to undergrads you can’t find anymore else. For more information on research or Doctor Who, ask Bob.

Andy Willard: Experiential Learning

Andy is the man to go to if you’re looking to fulfill the Experiential Learning requirement for University Honors. He can help you got Honors credit for research, internships, study abroad, and all the other cool stuff you’ve been up to in your free time. For more questions about earning Experiential Learning credit, ask Andy.

Kelly Thornburg: Fellowships Director

Kelly Thornburg is your one-stop shop for all things scholarship and fellowship. She’ll help you find the scholarships you’re looking for and be there to help through every step of an application. For advice on applications, ask Kelly.

Holly Yoder: Advising Director

This is the woman to go to if you hit any road bumps during your time at Honors. She can lead you towards great Honors classes and opportunities, while helping you figure out what works best for you. For advice on life, liberty, and the pursuit of Honors, ask Holly.

Lindsay Marshall: ICRU Assistant Director

Lindsay is your go-to person if you want to get involved with research. She helped start the Hawkeye Undergraduate Research Association (HURA) this year and has some pretty killer stories about Bonnaroo. For help with getting started on research, ask Lindsay.