September Newsletter
September Newsletter

IBA/LSAMP/SA September 2021 Newsletter

A resource for upcoming conference deadlines, social events, workshops, general information pertinent to your field,program reminders and other relevant activities

If you haven't completed Student Information Survey - please take a few moments to do so.

Questions pertain to information about you and ways we can best serve you during the upcoming year. You have the opportunity to upload your updated resume/CV and CITI completion certificate (new students only). Feel free to retake the survey if you only need to upload your resume and/or CITI documentation.

For Survey - Click Here

This summer we had a group of 23 IBA/LSAMP and Science Alliance Interns join us for a fantastic summer program! 

Peer Mentoring
Chelsey Gates
and Devon Dawson discussed the value of peer mentoring and ways students can participate in our IBA/LSAMP Peer Mentoring Program.

Communicating Research
Lori Adams led a group in discussing all the ways that scientists use written, oral and visual forms of communication to connect with each other and with the general public.

Graduate Student Panel
Recent IBA Alumni joined our current students to share experiences and offer advice on topics like applying and transitioning to grad school, mentor/mentee relationships and more.  We were joined by

  • Vanessa Alizo
    PhD in Neuroscience at University of California - Irvine
  • Anamar Blanes
    PhD in Chemistry at Georgetown University
  • Camille Jaime
    PhD in Immunology at John Hopkins University
  • Rikki Laser
    PhD in Neuroscience at Cornell University
  • Elissa Monteiro
    PhD in School Psychology at University of California - Riverside
  • Ashley Segura-Roman
    PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology at University of California - Berkeley

Rigor and Reproducibility
Dr. Richard Roller from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workshop
Abbie Beadle and Bailey Anderson, Accommodations Coordinators from Student Disability Services

Responsible Conduct of Research
Dr. Tori Forbes, Department of Chemistry

Social Events – we had ice cream socials, game nights and an escape room adventure.  Check out some pictures on Instagram!

IBA, LSAMP and Science Alliance Interns presenting at the Summer Undergraduate Poster Symposium.  

To see the students and their posters Click Here.

It was the first opportunity since the winter of 2020 for undergraduate live poster presentations.  Seventeen of of the students from the IBA/LSAMP Summer Program stepped up and shared their research.  Everyone did an amazing job and the event had a great turnout!

This Fall we have 45 students participating in the IBA, IBA-MARC, LSAMP and Science Alliance Program.  We have 22 students who have joined us since the Summer and are excited about 2021-2022.

Fall Courses Offered

Professionalism in the Scientific Community (Sophomores)
IBA Scholar Seminar (Juniors)
Teach your Research (Seniors)


Tie Dye Party
Scavenger Hunt at the Natural History Museum
IBA/LSAMP Symposium
Peer Mentoring Events

Upcoming Conference Opportunities: Click Here
Seminars in your Areas of Interest:  Click Here

2021 LSMRCE Annual Conference
Virtual Conference Dates:  Oct 22-24th, 2021
Abstract Submission:  Friday, September 17.  
Virtual Event Registration:  Click Here
For More Information:  Click Here

2021 Fall Undergrad Research Festival (FURF)
In-Person Conference Date: Nov 10th, 2021
Registration Link: Click Here (active Sept 20-Oct 22)

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine Professional and Graduate School Virtual Conference
​​​​​​​Virtual Conference Date:  Oct 7th, 2021
Registration Deadline:  Oct 4th, 2021
Registration Form: Click Here
For More Information:  Click Here

Virtual Conference Dates:  Nov 10-13th, 2021
Registration Deadline: Oct 21st, 2021
For More Information: Click Here

2021 AIChE Annual Student Conference
Virtual Conference Dates:  Nov 13-14th, 2021
Registration Deadline:  November 3rd
For more Information: Click Here

Check out our New IBA, LSAMP and SA Students


Josie Bliss
Daniel Carson
Isabelle Farmer
Braiden DeSchryver
Bailey Goldberg
Felipe Hermmann
Emily Herum
Caro Icardi
Jordon Luna
Aracely Miron-Ocampo
Betsey Montiel
Asel Nasr
Tommy Nguyen
Cade Rahlf
Dominic Rivas
Evan Saltz

IBA (Cont.)

Hector Sanchez Melendez
Connor Sindt
Katherine Westbrook
Evita Woosley

Science Alliance

Rochelle Lopez


DJ Guillory
Ciara Harrington
Elvis Mutebi
Tomi Taiwo
Amna Dafalla

Fall Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction is a free resource that helps you figure out how to be successful in your course.  Sessions are offered both in-person and virtually for Fall 2021.  For supported courses click here.

Counseling Psychology Graduate Team
Reach out to our great team of Counseling Psychology Grad Students to discuss local campus resources!


Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)
The University of Iowa has received additional funds through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to distribute to students who are enrolled during the fall 2021 semester and have exceptional financial need.
For More Information and Qualifications:  Click Here

Student Impact Grants
Applications Due September 27th (5pm)
$100-$1K grants for student activities outside of the classroom (research included)
For More Information:  Click Here

Engineering Kick-Start Funding
Applications Due:  Oct 29th, 2021
A chance to make your project a reality!
For more Information:  Click Here

Register as a Science Ally:  Click Here
Apply for a SA Internship:  Click Here

IBA, LSAMP and Science Alliance Staff

For Staff Office Hours Click Here

Lori Adams
Co-PI and Director, IBA
Associate Prof of Instruction, Dept of Biology

Vincent Rodgers
Co-Investigator, Instructor for IBA
Professor Dept of Physics & Astronomy

Chelsey Gates
Graduate Research Assistant

Laura Kowalski-Bliss
Administrative Services Coordinator


Tori Forbes
Associate Professor, Dept of Chemistry

Brinda Shetty
Associate Director, IBA

Devon Dawson
Graduate Research Assistant

Halin Chung
Graduate Research Assistant


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