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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.

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.


The 2022 Summer Policy Research Institute runs from June 20 to July 29. Learn more about this year's program here.