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Research Experience for Pre-service STEM Teachers (REU)

new, authentic perspectives

Building teacher expertise one experiment at a time

The Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program provides opportunities for future STEM teachers to engage in a research project in chemistry and environmental sciences by providing them with a hands-on research experience alongside an Iowa State University faculty member and their research team.

In partnership with the RegenPGC award and Chemurgy 2.0 award, the Office of Biotechnology Outreach and Education staff coordinate the REU program and provide professional development for pre-service teacher participants.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2024

RegenPGC is supported by Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant no. 2021-68012-35923 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Chemurgy 2.0 is funded by the National Science Foundation award No. 2242763 and is administered by Iowa State University in collaboration with the University of Iowa, the University of Northern Iowa, Dordt University, and Central College.


we provide research opportunities for pre-service STEM teachers, helping them become highly-qualified and able to support their future students’ development of the skills, knowledge, and mindsets they need to realize their full potential.

Deepen knowledge

The research involvement deepens the REU's learning in both the content and context of science and promotes collaborations with faculty members and other colleagues.

Ask & Answer

This research experience promises to build and sustain a community of scholars who have the confidence to ask the "What if?" questions in science and then engage in the exciting journey to find the answers.


An additional objective is to showcase positive teaching role models for pre-service teacher participants.

Are you a student who wants to apply?

Just click the arrow to find REU program details and an application link.

Are you a researcher who wants to host an REU?

Or contact:

Maureen Griffin

Office of Biotechnology
1210 Molecular Biology Building
Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011-3260