June 19–July 26, 2019

We answer all SSTP e-mails and phone calls in the order we receive them. Due to the volume of SSTP applications, you may experience a delay in receiving our response. We process inquiries as quickly as possible, but recommend completing your SSTP application in advance of the deadline to avoid encountering issues at the last minute that may impact the timely completion of your application. Inquiries submitted 1-2 days prior to the SSTP application deadline may not receive a response until after the deadline has passed.

Students in grades 10–11 may apply for the Secondary Student Training Program (SSTP), a 5-and-a-half-week residential summer research program at The University of Iowa’s Belin-Blank Center. Conduct research with world-class faculty at a research-intensive University. Participate in classes, evening tours, lectures, and events that will stretch you as a researcher and scholar. The program concludes with a poster competition and a research conference-style poster session.

You can learn more about SSTP by reading our blog and reviewing past participants' posters. SSTP has application and program fees.

NOTE: You may only attend SSTP once.

Students in clean lab working with equipment


In this program, students conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students will spend approximately 40 hours per week researching a field of interest to them. Social and academic activities will occupy the evenings.

The University of Iowa Colleges of Engineering, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, and the Graduate College all participate in this program. During the final week of the program all students will present the results of their research project to the other SSTP participants, faculty, and research staff at a poster session. All students will also write a formal research brief summarizing their five-and-a-half weeks of research.


All SSTP instructors are University of Iowa faculty.