STEM Scholars

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Discover and learn through research! This selective program is designed for high ability first-year students pursuing degrees in science, engineering, or mathematics. You will gain the opportunity to take a research seminar, work with a faculty mentor, and receive $500 to present research at a conference. You will further be able to enjoy your experience at Iowa through connecting with new friends in floor competitions, community meals, and campus events. This LLC will not be offered for the 2017-18 Academic Year. We recommend the Honors LLC, BeWISE LLC, People in Engineering LLC, or Health Sciences LLC as alternatives.

Programming for STEM Scholars

Programming may vary from year to year. Past programs in this community have included:

  • Enjoy social opportunities to connect with other students including community meals, floor competitions, participation in University of Iowa events, etc.
  • Take a tour of the Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratory
  • Attend presentations and network with ground-breaking researchers
  • Receive academic and career support such as tutoring, connections to career advisors and access to specialized librarians
  • Tour the unique TILE classrooms at UI
  • Attend a research focused student org panel
  • Ask questions at a poster session tutorial
  • Learn about summer research opportunities
  • Go to dinner with leading research faculty


First-year Honors students in this community should take two courses in the Fall Semester:
  • 1-credit seminar focusing on undergraduate research
  • Principles of Chemistry I (Honors section)

Who Lives Here

The community is open to first-year Honors students. To join STEM Scholars, students must accept their invitation to become a member of Honors at Iowa.

Preference is given to Old Gold and Presidential Scholarship recipients. Basic eligibility requirements for the Presidential Scholarship Program are and ACT composite score of 30 or higher and a GPA of 3.80 or higher.