How Do I Apply?

Now that you know a little about the the program, read on for details on how to apply.

While you're waiting to see if you're selected, look forward to the next step.

How to Apply

Applications will be submitted online to the Belin-Blank Center by February 1, 2019. 

When you apply online, you will need to submit the following:

  • Personal information for the student applying
  • When you apply online, you will need to submit all of the following prior to the application deadline:
    • E-mail addresses from two teachers who know the student and are willing to serve as a reference. One reference will be an academic reference and one will be a character reference. Each reference will be sent an electronic letter of recommendation form which must be completed and submitted to the Belin-Blank Center prior to the application deadline.
    • Essay 1: Briefly describe each of your research areas of interest. This is used to help determine which faculty mentors will be sent your application materials. If you have particular interests, technical skills, or experience with a research method this is the appropriate place to highlight those talents. (750 words max)
    • Essay 2: Why are you applying to the Secondary Student Training Program? Describe your career aspirations and explain what you hope to gain from the SSTP experience. (750 words max)
    • Transcript
    • Score report of one of the following:
    • ACT, SAT, PLAN, PSAT, or other standardized assessment

Dates & Deadlines

Information and application forms available online to students:
November 1, 20185:00 pm CST

Application deadline:
February 1, 201911:59 pm CST

Notification of acceptance status:
April 1, 20195:00 pm CST

Online acceptance and nonrefundable deposit (this is the first payment) due April 9, 201911:59 pm CST

Other Significant Dates:
SSTP Arrival & Check-in — June 19, 2019
SSTP Closing Banquet — July 25, 2019
SSTP Poster Session — July 26, 2019


Completed nominations will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of faculty and staff from The University of Iowa. The selection committee will evaluate applications based on the following criteria, ranked in priority order:

  • Content of essays, grades, scores and supporting materials
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Maturity to live in a residential setting

Cost & Payment


There are two fees associated with SSTP.

  • The first is the application fee of $75. This is a non-refundable fee. If you are accepted into the program, the $75 will be applied to program fees.
  • The second is the program fee of $6,270, a quarter of which is a nonrefundable deposit. This fee covers all room, board, materials, and admission to all regularly scheduled activities and is payable to the Belin-Blank Center. It also includes the cost of 3 semester hours of credit from The University of Iowa.  
  • Students and their families will assume responsibility for transportation to and from The University of Iowa and incidental expenses, such as souvenirs and snacks. Consideration for financial aid will be made after the students are selected. Need is typically determined by qualifying for free or reduced lunch. Due to limited funds, financial aid is awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Extended payment plans (for fees remaining after the application fee and first payment) are available by contacting the Belin-Blank Center at 319-335-6148.
  • International students are not eligible for scholarships or financial aid for SSTP. A $550 international fee will be added to the cost of the program for insurance, two additional days of room and board, pick up/drop off at Eastern Iowa Airport (CID), and the filing of documents for securing visas.


Families have three options for payment of fees:

  1. Pay the entire amount on a credit card.
  2. Pay in four equal monthly installments using a credit card.
  3. Set up an individualized payment plan.

Financial Aid

You may apply for a Wallace Grant for financial aid when you register for the program. Information, including parent(s)/guardian(s) salary, enrollment in free/reduced lunch, or other federal or state assistance programs will be collected at that time. Financial aid may be awarded for up to half the cost of the program. After your information has been reviewed, a decision will be made, and you will receive an email regarding the amount of your award. Additional scholarships may be available.

H.B. and Jocelyn Wallace of Scottsdale, Arizona have been longtime supporters of the Belin-Blank Center. Their generous donation has enabled us to make grants available to students in our summer programs. The grants are for up to one-half the cost of the program and will be applied directly to the registration fees for the summer.

H.B. WallaceJocelyn Wallace