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Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award


Ben Goerdt, Math & Engineering  awardee, with VPRED Dan Reed

Ben is an Electrical & Computer Engineering major from Iowa City, Iowa. His work with the Center for Computer Aided Design and the Virtual Solider Research Program has fueled his passion for engineering and computing. His faculty mentor Tim Marler says, "It has been a pleasure to see Ben grow from a programmer, to a problem-solver, to an independent leader. In general, with his competence, versatility, and unquestionable dependability, Ben stands out as one of the best all-around undergraduate research assistants I've worked with."

Michelle Sullivan, Natural Sciences awardee, with VPRED Dan Reed

Michelle is an Evolutionary Biology major with a minor in Dance from Urbandale, Iowa. Her research addresses a central question in evolutionary biology: How does sexual reproduction continue to prevail in the face of asexual competitors? Michelle’s faculty mentor, Maurine Neiman, says "I have been very impressed with Michelle’s intelligence, insight, positive attitude, hard work, curiosity, powers of observation, and self-sufficiency. I am confident that her honors thesis will constitute an interesting, novel project that she can truly call her own."

Kelsey Warner, Social Sciences

awardee with VPRED Dan Reed

Kelsey is a Speech and Hearing Sciences, Psychology double major from Bettendorf, Iowa. Kelsey has investigated the role of the prefrontal cortex in the human process of doubt with her faculty mentor, Dr. Daniel Tranel, since her freshman year at IOWA. Dr. Tranel says, "Kelsey is an inspiration to undergraduates who are committed to lifelong pursuit of education. She has proven that it is possible to excel at the highest level in both undergraduate academics and cutting-edge research."

The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to sponsor the

Excellence in Undergraduate Research Awards.


These awards recognize outstanding accomplishments in scholarly investigation, artistic creation, or performance

by one undergraduate student in each of the following fields:


Natural Sciences
Social Sciences


Student must a junior in standing and be returning as an undergraduate for the next academic year.  Applicants must complete the electronic application form and submit it (and any optional supplemental materials) by 11:59PM on Sunday, March 2, 2014.


Award – The five EURA recipients will:


Required materials include:

  1. Resume or CV (to be attached as a PDF document)


  2. Unofficial transcript (to be attached as a PDF document)


  3. Answer to the following question (to be attached as a PDF document: 300 - 1,000 words): Please 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. Include your plans to use the award.


  4. Faculty support letter - there is no prompt for the faculty letter - just a general letter of support regarding the student's scholarly         investigation, artistic creation, or performance in their field.  Faculty will come to this page and submit via the button below.


   5. Optional supplemental materials if appropriate:  Materials (or copies) can be dropped off at the ICRU office - 401 Blank Honors enter.  Originals will be returned immediately after the selection committee meeting. Examples: Artistic portfolios (max. 12 pieces of work), videos of performances (max. 3 minutes), scholarly articles, etc.   If you have questions regarding optional supplemental materials, please contact the ICRU office via phone or email (icru@uiowa.edu – 319.335.8336).

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