Countdown to SSTP: 4 Tips for Getting Around Campus

Iowa City is a campus designed for quick travel. Here are some tips for getting where you need to go and orienting yourself on campus.

1. Bring good walking shoes. Regardless of where your lab is located, you will be doing a lot of walking in Iowa City.


2. Use the Iowa River as a compass. The river splits campus into east and west sides.

T. Anne Cleary Walkway towards Pentacrest

3. Stroll along the T. Anne Cleary Walkway. It will take you from the dorms straight to campus.

4. Take advantage of the Bongo app. It tells you when and where you can catch a bus to get to your lab. You can also visit their website:

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Countdown to SSTP: 5 Campus Buildings to Know

During your time at SSTP, you will become familiar with many campus buildings. Here are some of the most important buildings to know.

1.The Blank Honors Center (BHC): Home of the Belin-Blank Center. This will be an important meeting spot and location for activities.


2. Burge Residence Hall: Your home for the summer. Hang out in your floor lounge, the Burge lobby, and experience college living.


3. The Campus Recreation and Wellness Center: Swim, play basketball, or simply do a workout.


4. The University Main Library: Weekly class sessions will be held here.


5. The Old Capitol: The well-known landmark of Iowa City and the University of Iowa. Use it to orient yourself on campus.


Countdown to SSTP: 6 Pieces of Advice from Past Students

Here’s what past SSTP participants had to say to future students:

1. “Ask questions as much as possible! When it came time to create my abstract and poster, my mentor and grad student were great resources.”


2. “Be brave and be proactive. Step out of your comfort zone and you will reap the full benefits and joys of exploration.”


3. “Try your hardest and learn the most you possibly can.”


4. “You have an opportunity to make lasting connections with people from all over the world. Do not waste it.”


5. “I think it is so important to always be challenged and force yourself to question current beliefs.”


6. “Come ready to learn and enjoy Iowa City!”




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Countdown to SSTP: 8 Things to Do in Downtown Iowa City

During your time in Iowa City, you’ll be within walking distance of some awesome restaurants, shops, and festivals. Here are some fun things to do in your free time over the summer!

1. Play sports on the Pentacrest. Take advantage of the warm weather and play frisbee or soccer on the lawn of the famous Old Capitol.


2. Try a sweet treat at Molly’s Cupcakes. These cupcakes are award-winning for a reason.


3. Browse the book selection at he famous Prairie Lights bookstore. Order a coffee at their cafe while you shop.


4. Shop local. Visit local stores to find anything from clothes and jewelry to music and gifts.


5. Try downtown restaurants. Local restaurants boast vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Options range from burgers and wraps to sushi and curry.


6. Refuel at a local cafe. Enjoy a selection of local and organic coffee brands.


7. Take a stroll through the pedestrian mall. Pick up some frozen yogurt and listen to local musicians perform.


8. Get your groove on at the Iowa City Jazz Festival. Enjoy local food while listening to talented jazz groups all over downtown.

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Countdown to SSTP: 9 Famous Iowans

Read about some famous Iowa natives.

1. William “Buffalo Bill” Cody


Buffalo Bill was a bison hunter, Union soldier, and Pony Express rider. He was born in Le Claire, Iowa Territory.

2. Johnny Carson


Johnny Carson was hosted The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson for 30 years, winning many television awards. He was born in Corning, Iowa.

3. President Herbert Hoover


Herbert Hoover served as the 31st President of the United States during the Great Depression. Hoover was born in West Branch, Iowa.

4. George Gallup


George Gallup pioneered survey sampling techniques and invented the Gallup Poll, a method of measuring public opinion. He was born in Jefferson, Iowa.

5. John Wayne


John Wayne was an academy-award winning actor and filmmaker. He was born in Winterset, Iowa.

6. Nile Kinnick


Nile Kinnick was a University of Iowa college football player and winner of the 1939 Heisman Trophy. The University of Iowa renamed its football stadium after Kinnick. He was born in Adel, Iowa.

8: Ashton Kutcher


Ashton Kutcher is an actor and activist, best known for his roles in That 70’s Show and Two and a Half Men. He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

8. James Van Allen


James Van Allen was a pioneer in the field of magnetospheric research in space. He was born in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa and studied at the University of Iowa.

9. Donna Reed


Donna Reed was an actress and producer, best known for her role in It’s a Wonderful Life. She was born in Denison, Iowa.

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Countdown to SSTP: 10 Interesting Things about Iowa

Here’s a chance to get to know the state of Iowa before you arrive for the summer! Or, for Iowa locals, a chance to learn something new about your home state!

1. It’s not just cornfields. Iowa has a variety of landscapes from prairies and forests to caves and rivers.


2. It’s the future birthplace of Captain James T. Kirk from Star Trek. Riverside, Iowa has a monument dedicated to the character.


3. We’re the first to caucus. Iowa voters kick off the primary season in the United States.


4. We love wind energy. In 2015, over 30% of the state’s power came from wind farms.


5. Iowa City is one of the seven UNESCO world cities of literature. The Iowa Writers’ Workshop offers a world-renowned MFA program attended by authors like Kurt Vonnegut and Flannery O’Connor.


6. The University of Iowa was the first U.S. public university to admit men and women on an equal basis.

7. The University of Iowa granted the first law degree to a woman in 1873, and the first one to an African American man (Alexander G. Clark) in 1879.


8. In 1923, Iowa City elected the first woman to serve as leader of a U.S. city with a population of over 10,000. This woman was Emma J. Harvat.


9. The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics have been named one of America’s top hospitals for over 20 consecutive years.


10. Iowa City was the first capital city of the state before it was moved to Des Moines. The Old Capitol building now serves as a major landmark of the city.


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