SSTP Mentor Studies Effects of Music on Dementia Patients

Daniel Tranel, a professor of neurology and psychology at the University of Iowa, and Alaine Reschke-Hernandez, a graduate student, have been working to study the emotional effects of music on patients suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. By measuring patients’ moods before and after sessions, Tranel determines the type and magnitude of the effect.


Photo: David Scrivner/Iowa City Press-Citizen

Jasmine Leahy, a member of the SSTP class of 2016, worked with Dr. Tranel and Reschke-Hernandez this summer. She reflected on the impact of the research conducted by Tranel’s team: “It was transformative for me to see how music can completely improve the demeanor of someone. Many of the patients we worked with became more engaged when we played music for them. Our patients with Alzheimer’s became more willing to share things and talk, participate in conversations, etc.”

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Applications for 2017 Open November 1st

Summer may be ending, but we are already looking forward to welcoming a new class of students to the Secondary Student Training Program in summer of 2017. During the application process, please keep in mind the following deadlines:

Important Dates

Applications open: November 1st, 2016

Application deadline: February 24th, 2017

Notification of acceptance status: April 3rd, 2017

Be sure to mark your calendars!

SSTP Mentor Finds Cardiovascular Hormone System Affects Metabolism

Dr. Justin Grobe, UI assistant professor of pharmacology in the UI Carver College of Medicine and past SSTP mentor, made a major discovery this year. The renin-angiotensin system (RAS) is responsible for the control of blood pressure. Hormones in the RAS play a role in the body’s metabolism and ability to lose weight. However, this hormone system may cause weight gain or loss depending on where it is operating in the body. Dr. Grobe and his research team discovered that this system activates certain receptors in mice, resulting in decreased metabolism and weight gain. Click here to read more about his discovery.


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Where Will Students Be Eating during the SSTP Program?

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner! Where will SSTP students get their nutrition this summer? The University of Iowa has 2 dining halls: Burge Market Place and Hillcrest Market Place.

Burge Market Place will be the place where all students will eat a majority of the time. The building is conveniently located in the same building where students will be staying! Students who have their research on the west side of campus will eat at Hillcrest Market Place for lunch. All students are expected to come back to Burge Market Place for dinner.

Both market places are buffet style so eat as much as you want! If you like to plan ahead of what you are going to eat, no fear! The marketplaces upload their daily menu online. Additionally, if you have food allergies, it is a good idea to look at the menus ahead of time to see what you can or cannot eat. The online menus provide “Allergy and Nutrition Badges” next to each item on the menu.  Click here to view Burge’s menu or click here to view Hillcrest’s menu.

If you have any severe food allergies, make sure to let us know!




Tuition Payment for the SSTP Class

All SSTP students have already been automatically enrolled in the 3 credit course associated with the program. In order to pay for this credit, students have to pay U-Bills through the Iowa Student Information System (MyUI). More information about U-Bills can be found on the University Billing Office website. The U-Bill payment for this month is due June 22nd. If the payment is late, there will be a $25 fee added to the bill. The bill does not immediately have to be paid in full (more information about installments can be found in the FAQ in the first link).

When you are logged into the Iowa Student Information System page (MyUI), click “Financial Aid & Billing” in the header and then click “University Bill” to access your U-Bill (as shown below) :

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SSTP Ending Events – Things to Know!

Hello! At the end of SSTP, we have a closing ceremony and public poster fair which parents are welcome to attend! This may be important information as you make travel plans.

Closing Ceremony: This is an end of the program banquet where students, mentors, and families will come together to enjoy a dinner and celebrate the accomplishments of SSTP students. Seating will begin at 6:30 pm.

  • When: July 28th, 7 pm

Poster Fair: Students will display their research posters for everyone to see! Poster awards from the poster presentation competition will be revealed at this event.

  • When: July 29th, 10am – noon