Faculty: Encourage your students to apply for Undergraduate Research Assistantship Program

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The Office of Student Financial Aid is now accepting applications for the 2015-16 Undergraduate Research Assistantship (URA) Program. The URA program encourages outstanding juniors and seniors to pursue graduate study by offering them hands-on experience in a formal research environment. Participation in the URA Program assists students in making career decisions and in attaining information about graduate education and fellowships. In its twenty-eighth year, the URA program continues to help students develop technical and specialized skills as well as foster originality, imagination, judgment, and patience — the traits of an independent scholar.

Faculty members of Iowa State also benefit from working closely with talented undergraduates. Submitting an application does not guarantee a URA.

To qualify for the URA Program, students must:

  • Be classified as juniors or seniors by the beginning of the term employed as a URA
  • File the 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be eligible for work study funding (be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen)
  • Maintain an ISU cumulative GPA of at least 3.25
  • Complete URA application (deadline of March 31)

Faculty procedures for the URA Program:

  • Complete URA Faculty application (deadline of March 31)
  • Interview student(s) and make offers of employment
  • Complete Letter of Intent
  • Complete Work Study Authorization Form on Access Plus

Applications and the guidelines and procedures are available here.

For further information contact Julie Arnold at (515) 294-0103 or jaarnol@iastate.edu.