Welcome to the Iowa Sciences Academy (ISA)!

The Iowa Sciences Academy (ISA) is home to a range of programs that support the success of underrepresented populations of undergraduate students interested in research and scientific communication. Through ISA programs, students have access to hands-on research, professional development, and scientific outreach opportunities. We strive to build a strong community of students, staff, and faculty that value diversity in the sciences.  If you’re a student interested in our programs, learn more here.

Funding for the ISA comes from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Graduate College, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Office of the Provost as well as donor support from Drs. Robert J. and Sue B. Latham.

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences’ Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity (TWD) administers research and research training programs including those programs that increase the diversity of biomedical, behavioral, and biophysical scientists. ISA is funded by an Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) grant and a Maximizing Access to Research Careers grant, both under the TWD.

ISA is also supported by the NSF Iowa Illinois Nebraska STEM Partnership for Innovation in Research and Education (IINSPIRE) which is an alliance among 16 two-year and four-year colleges and universities working together to attract the states’ growing underrepresented minority (URM) population into STEM fields and to attract students from other regions to STEM education opportunities in Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska.

The Latham Fellowship Program was established through the generous donation of Drs. Bob and Sue Latham of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The program is based in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and provides selected Fellows the opportunity to design and implement science outreach projects in the community. 

The Department of Biology at the University of Iowa is the administrative home of the ISA program and is located in the Biology Building.