The iFellows undergraduate research fellowship program is the only one of its kind bringing undergraduate students from across the state to Utah’s three research institutions to enhance Utah’s science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce and understanding about environmental sustainability. It expands beyond a typical research experience for undergraduate students, engaging participants in multi-disciplinary and cross-institutional research and collaboration during the summer alongside iUTAH’s statewide network of researchers.
About Our Program:
The iFellows program brings students into research faculty labs and involves them in research for eleven weeks each summer. Participating students train side-by-side with iUTAH researchers and graduate students learning about environmental sustainability challenges facing the state. Their experience is both practical and applied as they develop posters, presentations, and papers in STEM areas for presentation at their home institutions, as well as at state and national conferences.
Student learning is enhanced by a multi-faceted mentoring approach. Participants work not only with their faculty mentors, but also alongside experienced students in each research group who become near-peer mentors, working day-to-day with iFellow participants. A key component of the program is that iFellows are viewed as partners in the research process, often participating in research design, quality control, and occasionally even publication. Another unique aspect of the iFellows program is the cohort approach, wherein students training at various institutions meet regularly in order to learn from each other, as well as from their near-peer and faculty mentors.
Over the past five years, the program has hosted between 12 – 20 students annually to conduct research at Utah State University, Brigham Young University, and the University of Utah. This means that 78 students to-date have benefitted from the program receiving training in science communication techniques, research ethics, and other professional development sessions, as well as conduction research.
iFellows program participants are part of a large, diverse research community through organized and informal interactions with students, mentors, and faculty. Based on an active learning approach of doing research outside of classroom learning, we provide a focused effort for mentoring and training undergraduates in research aimed at strengthening science on vital environmental issues facing Utah. See the PROGRAM DETAILS page for information on past programs including participants, presentations, and resources. View previous research projects on the PARTICIPANT PROFILES page.
"The experience has been phenomenal, and more than I ever dreamed I could be a part of. I am sincerely grateful for the opportunity to develop my skills as a scientist and researcher. This summer was my first research opportunity and I learned so much from the time I spent with [my faculty and near-peer mentors]."
iFellows in the News:
Read the latest news on past and present iFellows below:
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