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Training Opportunities


Undergraduate Research Teams

The undergraduate research teams program has been developed to increase the number of undergraduate students participating in research and to provide students with guidance from faculty and peer mentors. The goals and benefits of participating on a research team include:

  • Guided mentoring and training for students new to research;
  • Opportunities for students to become peer mentors as their research knowledge and proficiency improve; 
  • Research transcript credit and/or pay options for participants;
  • Opportunities for publishing research via reports, policy briefs, and other work;
  • Option to participate in the Public Policy Center’s Student Fellows program

Explore what the research teams are doing this year. If you are interested in a particular research area, please reach out directly to the faculty member(s) leading the work – they can tell you whether they have current opportunities available, or will have opportunities next term.

View the Research Teams AY 2022-23
View the Research Teams AY 2021-22
View the Research Teams AY 2020-21

Summer Policy Research Institute

The Public Policy Center offers the Summer Policy Research Institute each summer from mid-June through late July. The Summer Policy Research Institute is a 6-week program for University of Iowa undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in policy research. Beginning in 2022, the Summer Policy Research Institute will offer two tracks – one for students with no (or little) experience with social science research; and a second track for students who know the basics of social science research and have some experience working on a research team.

View the Summer Policy Research Institute 2022
View the Summer Policy Research Institute 2021
View the Summer Policy Research Institute 2020

Digital Badges

To help prepare for high-impact learning experiences, student participants can complete an online learning module created just for them. Modules contain an engaging collection of content from a variety of sources as well as original content. Each module’s main objective is to help students—especially those with little to no experience in their chosen area—develop essential skills and experience.

Students that complete the learning module earn a digital badge. A digital badge is a micro-credential that, like a transcript, proves a student has achieved specific learning outcomes.

Learn more and enroll in a learning module here.