Undergraduate Research

Research is an integral part of the university educational experience, offering students the chance to pursue cutting-edge questions and pursue their independent intellectual interests even as they learn about politics and gain skills and experience useful for many career tracks. See Iowa State’s main undergraduate-research site for additional resources. The principal research awards for undergraduates include:


Undergraduate Research Assistantships

Opportunities are available for students to collaborate with faculty to explore how politics and policy work. The main program operates through the university’s financial aid office, but other projects will be announced as they arise.


LAS Undergraduate Research Awards

The college of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers funds to pay students to work alongside a faculty mentor on a research project, up to 10 hours a week during the academic year and 40 hours a week during the summer; details are available here.


Conference Travel Funds

Travel funds are available to help defray the expenses of attending professional conferences to present research via the Department of Student Affairs’ Undergraduate Conference Travel Fund.