Applications are now being accepted for the 2020-2021 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 thirty-third 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 and work study funding subsidizes the student’s payroll. 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 2020-2021 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 27 for interviewing)
Faculty procedures for the URA Program:
Complete URA Faculty application (deadline March 27 for interviewing)
Interview student(s) and make offers of employment
Complete Letter of Intent
Applications and the guidelines and procedures are available on-line at:
For further information contact Julie Arnold at (515) 294-0103 or firstname.lastname@example.org