UI Program Builds Research, Education Ties Across Iowa

Now in its third year, the FUTURE (Fostering Undergraduate Talent -- Uniting Research and Education) in Biomedicine program continues to provide faculty and students from Iowa colleges with the opportunity to work side-by-side with scientists at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

This summer, science educators and undergraduates from six Iowa colleges will spend eight weeks working in research labs at the UI Carver College of Medicine. The colleges represented are Buena Vista University in Storm Lake; Coe College in Cedar Rapids; Cornell College in Mount Vernon; Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids; Waldorf College in Forest City; and Wartburg College in Waverly.

The FUTURE in Biomedicine program aims to strengthen science education and research across the state by developing partnerships between faculty from the UI and professors and students from Iowa undergraduate colleges.

The program has already proved successful: Two of the students from the class of 2009 are now at the UI -- one is a graduate student and one is a medical student -- and several UI faculty have ongoing collaborations, papers and grant proposals with Fellows from 2009 and 2010.