Undergraduate Research Opportunities

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Apply for undergraduate research opportunities with Computer Science faculty:

  1. Visit the department's research page and click on your desired research area. This will populate all faculty members who conduct research in the selected area.
  2. If you find a faculty member whose research overlaps with your interests, find their email addresses at the bottom of their profile. 
  3. Email your desired professor with the subject line "Undergraduate Research Inquiry".
  4. Include your CV, research interests, previous experience, and why you want to work with that faculty member.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities on Campus

In addition to the opportunities on the university's undergraduate research page, research positions may be posted on the Student Job Board or might be arranged by individual faculty members.

Undergraduate Research Assistantship Program

Iowa State University’s Undergraduate Research Assistantship (URA) Program encourages outstanding juniors and seniors to pursue graduate study by offering them hands-on experience in a formal research environment.

The URA Program benefits students and faculty alike by providing them with an opportunity to make career decisions and to work with other talented individuals in a research environment similar to graduate research and fellowships.

The research roles assigned to the students promote the development of technical and manipulative skills, as well as foster originality, imagination, judgment, and patience — all characteristics of an independent scholar. Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid site for more information. 

ISU McNair Program

The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program prepares qualified undergraduates for graduate school entry, with the primary goal of increasing the attainment of the Ph.D. Our Scholars are represented by students from underrepresented segments of society. The McNair Program supports graduate school-bound Scholars by focusing on three areas: academic research, graduate school preparation, and personal and professional development.

Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)

The WiSE Program was developed to help counteract the underutilization and underrepresentation of women in science and engineering. For more information, visit the WiSE site

University Honors Program

Through the First-Year Mentor program, Honors students work on research projects with faculty members. The Honors Program also has research grants that help support members’ capstone and other research projects. For more information, visit the Honors site

Ames Laboratory Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI)

The SULI internship is designed to bring undergraduate students into the laboratory research setting to work with scientists who are leaders in their fields. Through this program, students can either spend 16 weeks in the fall or spring semesters or 10 weeks in the summer working in the lab and receive a stipend and on-campus housing. For more information, visit the SULI site

Office of the Vice President for Research

The Office of the Vice President for Research organizes, facilitates, and provides strategic direction to support faculty engaged in research on campus. Through collaboration and partnerships, the Office cultivates interdisciplinary research and fosters opportunities for new research initiatives. For more information visit the VP for Research page.