The Science Alliance is a UI-sponsored collaborative, connecting faculty, staff, graduate students and post-docs interested in cultivating future generations of scientists with UI students currently exploring research opportunities.

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The Science Alliance Internship Program supports underrepresented first and second year students interested in exploring research on campus. The program aims to enrich the undergraduate experience through coursework, mentor matching, career guidance, and creating a cohort of students with similar interests in PhD-related research careers in science. Competitive wages to carryout research in laboratories and access to a summer program for Science Alliance Interns will be provided.

In addition to carrying out paid undergraduate research for 10-12 hours per week, Science Alliance Interns in their first semester will enroll in ISA:1041 – Entering Research (1 s.h.) and then ISA:2040 - Professionalism in the Scientific Community or ISA:2041-Career Exploration and Specification depending on the student’s point of entry into the program. Course should be determined with assistance from program staff.


Applications are now open for the Fall 2024 - Spring 2025 year! The deadline is April 15, 2024. There may be another chance to apply in January of 2025 to have a lab placement for the spring semester only.
Students, particularly first year students, can always improve their chances of being accepted for Spring of 2025 by enrolling in the course ISA: 1040 Exploring Research, next offered in the Fall 2024 semester.  This is a 1 s.h. course and will include in-class discussions and lectures as well as tours.