The Award

Each year, the Office of the Vice President for Research sponsors up to five Excellence in Undergraduate Research Awards to be presented to undergraduate students involved in research/creative work at the University of Iowa.  Each EURA awardee receives:

  • A $1,000 travel scholarship to attend a professional development program or event. (This could include  conference presentations, artistic performance or exhibition, summer workshop, etc.)

  • An OUR Fellowship for their choice of the upcoming summer or academic year.

  • Recognition at the Vice President for Research’s annual Celebration of Excellence in Research dinner in April.


To be considered for the Office of Undergraduate Research's EURA, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be second or third year students at the University of Iowa.
  • Applicants must be returning to the University of Iowa as an undergraduate for the upcoming academic year (2019-2020).
  • Applicants must complete and submit all materials in the electronic application form found in the above link by the established due date.


Applicants must take care to submit all required materials by February 1, 2023 at 11:59 pm.  The EURA Application will request the following materials:

  • Resume or CV, to be attached as a PDF document titled CVYYYY_FirstnameLastname
  • A 300-1000-word response to the following prompt, to be attached as a PDF document titled EURAYYYY_FirstnameLastname:
    • Provide an overview of the work that you (as the student) have been involved in. Please highlight the contribution of  this work to your discipline of study and the role you played in the initiation or development of this work.  Discuss how your involvement in this work affected your education and career goals. Include your plans to use the award.
  • Faculty support letter
    • Faculty are required to submit their support letter via the above link.
    • Support letters should detail what qualifies you, as the nominated student, to receive this award.
  • Optional supplemental materials, if desired.
    • Examples: Artistic portfolios (max. 12 pieces of work), videos of performances (max. 3 minutes), scholarly articles, etc.
    • Materials can be submitted online or dropped off at the OUR office in 6 Gilmore Hall.  Materials will be returned, if requested.
    • If you have questions regarding optional supplemental materials, please contact the OUR office.

Read about our past EURA recipients.

Congratulations to our 2022-2023 EURA recipients!

Andrew Behrens

Mentor: Dr. Kevin Dibbern, Orthopedic Functional Imaging Research Lab

BSE Biomedical Engineering (Biomechanics and Biomaterials, May 2023
Chemistry Minor, Pre-Medicine Track
University Honors

Daniel Fu

Mentor: Dr. Rory Fisher, Neuroscience and Pharmacology

BS Biomedical Sciences, May 2023
Philosophy Minor, Pre-Medicine Track
Certificate in Clinical and Translational Sciences
University Honors

Lydia Guo

Mentor: Dr. Idil Evans, Anatomy and Cell Biology

BS Biomedical Sciences, May 2023
Chemistry Minor, Pre-Medicine Track
University Honors

Ben Hinz

Mentor: Dr. Lori Wallrath, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

BSE Biomedical Engineering, May 2023
French Minor, Pre-Medicine Track
University Honors

Pedro Marra

Mentor: Dr. Gen Shinozaki, Psychiatry

BS Biomedical Sciences, May 2023
Microbiology Minor, Pre-Medicine Track
University Honors