Excellence in Undergraduate Research (CBE)

Are you working in a research lab?  If so, check out the funding opportunities for services, supplies, and travel to support that research.  The Chemical and Biochemical Engineering Department wants to help you be successful in your research endeavors and to encourage you to present your research accomplishments at conferences! 

Fall/Spring Opportunities

  • Funds to conduct research in labs of CBE faculty.  Students must write and submit a one-page description of the research project, including the faculty mentor and how funds will be expended through the end of the semester.  Requests should not exceed $500 and may be used only for supplies and services directly related to the research outcomes.  Proposals must be sent to Dr. Jessop (julie-jessop@uiowa.edu) by November 3, 2008 (fall semester awards) and by April 3, 2009 (spring semester awards).  A student is eligible for only one research award during an academic year.  Preference will be given to students who have not yet received a research award during their academic career.
  • Travel awards for students to present their research at national conferences.  The amount of the award will be up to $500.  Students must submit an abstract to the conference registration website and then present the research at the national conference.  Students must email a copy of their submitted abstract and estimated travel costs (conference registration, airfare and/or mileage, hotel, meals, etc.) to Dr. Jessop (julie-jessop@uiowa.edu) in order to be eligible for the award.  Awards will be paid after the conference once students have submitted their allowable travel costs (conference registration, airfare and/or mileage, hotel, meals, etc.) to Dr. Jessop.  A student is eligible for only one national conference travel award an academic year.

Fall Opportunities

  • Travel award for student winner of the AIChE Regional Conference paper competition to present their research at the AIChE National Conference .  The amount of the award will be up to $750. The student must submit an abstract to the conference registration website and then present their research at the national conference.  The student must email a copy of their submitted abstract to Dr. Jessop (julie-jessop@uiowa.edu) in order to be eligible for the award.  The award will be paid after the conference once the student has submitted their allowable travel costs (conference registration, airfare and/or mileage, hotel, meals, etc.) to Dr. Jessop.

Spring Opportunities

  • Funds for ChemE Car project development (teams must contain at least three students). Submit a budget plan for up to $500, to be used for supplies and services needed to build prototypes and final car. Plans must be sent to Dr. Jessop (julie-jessop@uiowa.edu) by March 6, 2009.  Awards will be decided by Dr. Jessop (DUGS), Dr. Murhammer (AIChE advisor), and Dr. Rethwisch (052:105 instructor) and distributed before the AIChE regional conference. Up to three groups will receive funding.
  • Travel awards for students to present their research at the 2009 AIChE Regional conference at the University of Missouri, Columbia. The amount of the award will be $120.  Students must submit an abstract to the conference registration website and then present their research at the AIChE regional conference.  The first 10 students who send a copy of their submitted “Paper Competition Registration Form” to Dr. Jessop (julie-jessop@uiowa.edu) are eligible for the award.  Awards will be paid after the conference. In addition to the travel award from Iowa, students are also competing in the AIChE paper competition by presenting at the regional conference.
  • Monetary Awards for Research Excellence based on poster presentations at the College of Engineering Research Open House on April 9, 2009. The awards will be in three divisions: Seniors ($300), Juniors ($200) and Sophomores/First-year Students ($100).  Students must register their poster and provide an abstract through the College registration website.  The awards will be announced at the research banquet the day after the poster session.

Updated 10/01/2008