Summer Research by Community College Students

Each summer the HHMI Summer of Research Science at ISU hosts an energetic group of community college students that aspire to be scientists. During the summer, our students work in an ISU faculty member’s science lab conducting research. While working with the latest technologies, our students  are pushing forward our understanding of biology, chemistry, physics, and astronomy. 

Here is video made by one of our 2015 students (Gabby Woods) about her experience.

Additionally, our students:

  • Earn $350 a week (total $2,800 for the 8 weeks);
  • Work closely with ISU faculty and graduate students
  • Experience hands-on learning by working in a research laboratory;
  • Attend workshops in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Computer Programming;
  • Attend professional development workshops from scientists and several Fortune 500 corporations;
  • Reside on campus with full access to ISU facilities;
  • Develop a peer-network; and
  • Discover Iowa with a variety of weekend activities and outings.

To be eligible you must be:

  • A community college student intending to major in a field of science; and
  • A member of an underrepresented ethnic minority group and a US citizen or permanent resident.

No prior research experience is necessary. 

Application materials are below.  Your application must include each of the following: 1) a completed application form; 2) a letter of recommendation and a completed recommendation form; 3) a personal statement; 4) an unofficial transcript; and 5) a resume.  Please direct any questions to Craig Ogilvie at