iFellows Program


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.


Past Programs:


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]."  
- 2016 iFellow from Salt Lake Community College


iFellows in the News:


Read the latest news on past and present iFellows below:

July 20, 2017

Undergraduate Student Research to Sustain Utah's Water Future

15 undergraduate student researchers participated in the 2017 iFellows program The iFellows program is an 11-week research experience program for undergraduates. For the past five years,  a large number of students apply in early spring from Read More...



April 24, 2017

Former iFellow Kari Norman receives prestigious NSF fellowship

Kari Norman was one of eight Utah State University scholars selected for a 2017 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. In 2013, Norman participated in iUTAH’s iFellows program, which places undergraduate students in the Read More...



March 8, 2017

iUTAH Students Present At Undergraduate Research Conference

Undergraduate students from across the state, including 16 students working on iUTAH research, were selected to present posters/presentations at the 2017 Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (UCUR) on Friday, February 17, at Utah Valley University Read More...



February 23, 2017

Student Research on Utah Water Voices Survey Published

iUTAH undergraduate student researchers Phillip André Valle from Weber State University and Zack Oldroyd from Utah State University, along with sociology professor Courtney Flint and colleagues from USU, featured their work Read More...



February 6, 2017

iUTAH Students Present Research on Capitol Hill

Undergraduate students from the University of Utah and Utah State University presented their research for Utah lawmakers in the rotunda of the state Capitol in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Due to weather-related issues, USU did not make it Read More...



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