Become a Research Scholar

The IINSPIRE LSAMP Program provides up to three terms of funding for students participating in early research opportunities in the sophomore year (some exceptions apply). Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible. For more information, see Iowa State Program Components.

  • United States citizen or permanent resident
  • College GPA of 2.5 or high school GPA of 2.7
  • Major in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) discipline – check the eligible majors
  • Member of an underrepresented group in STEM, including Black or African-Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders

Step 1: Learn more about and apply for specific research opportunities and internships.

Step 2:  Reach out to recent IINSPIRE LSAMP research mentors to inquire about research opportunities with their research program. You may also contact Iowa State’s IINSPIRE LSAMP Campus Director, U. Sunday Tim at or 515-294-4246 to inquire about other potential research experiences.

Step 3: Once you’ve been selected for an undergraduate research position by a faculty researcher, undergraduate research program, or internship follow the link below to apply.

Iowa State Students (new and continuing students):

Application Deadlines:

September 8 – Fall Term (notification by September 15)

December 31 – Spring Term (notification by January 15)

May 17 – Summer Term (notification by May 21)

NOTE:  Continuing students must apply each semester for continued funding.

NOTE:  If you are a community college student and interested in summer Rise Up program, please fill out the Rise Up program application form below. Please don’t submit New Application Application form. New Student Application form is only open to current Iowa State University students. 

Community College Students

Other Funding Support Opportunities

Both current and previously funded students are also eligible to receive funding support for:

  • Research supplies to support their research.
  • Travel to conferences and professional meetings to present their research work.


Questions? Please visit Contacts Page