The objective of the Rural Scholars Research Program centers on enhancing the advanced educational and research experiences for first-year undergraduate students from rural communities. Participants get hands-on experience in chemistry research, are mentored in developing and leading science service events in their home towns (including public forums, demonstrations, and other outreach events), and they develop a deeper understanding of the scientific process in bi-weekly, small group meetings with faculty. This program is supported by University of Iowa Honors Program, the Belin Blank Center, and the University's Office of Admissions. With their support, the Rural Scholars Research Program recruits additional rural students to the sciences, improves research experiences of undergraduates, and provides mentoring experiences for graduate students.
2021-2022 Rural Scholars
Hannah, Bricey, and Lizzie's research involved studying the microbial growth on disposable masks offered at various locations across campus. Their results and final research presentation can be found here.
2019 - 2020 Rural Scholars
2018 - 2019 Rural Scholars
Evie Holyoake, Camryn Norton, and Erick Fadness
2017 - 2018 Rural Scholars
Morgan Van Zante, Catia Atienza, and Kinsey Gudenkauf's research focused on degradation of lidocaine.