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)

January 10 – Spring Term (notification by January 20)

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

Summer 2022 RISE UP and VSEER Collaboration

The RISE UP Program will be collaborating with the Virtual (and hybrid) Summer Experience for Early Research (VSEER) Program in summer 2022.  Prospective RISE UP students from Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) and Marshalltown Community College (MCC) should apply for the VSEER Program in 2022 and select in-person research at Iowa State University.  The program will be delivered through a hybrid delivery with both virtual and in person requirements.   

For more information and to apply, please go to: IINSPIRE LSAMP Virtual Summer Experience for Early Researchers (VSEER) Program

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.


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