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

What Should I Bring?

What should students bring during their stay? Every year, students forget to bring certain items. I have created a short list of what I believe to be important items to bring for SSTP.

Items provided in the dorm room (yay!):

  • Towels & washcloths
  • Bed linens
  • Pillow & pillow case
  • Light blanket (past students have recommended bringing your own blanket)

Clothing to Bring:

  • Casual, every day clothes
    • Some research groups may require you to wear long pants and close toed shoes
  • Dress clothes for the Closing Ceremony and Poster Session
  • Swim suit/beach towel for the water park field trip
  • Comfortable clothes for outdoor activities (ex. Sneakers)

Additional Items to Bring:

  • Government issued ID (ex. Driver’s License, Passport)
    • This is needed in order to receive your University of Iowa ID card
  • Bathroom essentials (ex. Toothbrush, Shampoo, Deodorant, etc.)
  • Laundry soap/laundry bag
  • Umbrella/rain gear
  • Sunblock

Happy packing! See you in a few weeks!

Flying into Iowa

SSTP begins in less than 2 months! That means it’s time to start thinking about how you will get to the great state of Iowa to take part in our program.

For those who are flying into Iowa, it is important to establish travel plans as soon as possible. These students should book flights to the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids (CID).

  • Students flying into the U.S. should schedule their arrival for June 21st
  • Students flying within the U.S should fly in on the morning of June 22nd

Students flying within the U.S must to check the airport shuttle option in their registration materials (click picture below to enlarge).

Transportation General

At the airport, students will be greeted by a member of the Belin-Blank Center staff holding a large sign that says “BELIN-BLANK SSTP.” It’s a small airport, so there’s no need to worry about getting lost. Our staff will then drive the students to Iowa City for check-in at Burge Residence Hall and the Belin-Blank Center. An arrival at Cedar Rapids around noon is ideal for students flying in on the 22nd, though there is some flexibility—we just want you to be able to comfortably make it to Iowa City before opening ceremony begins June 22nd at 4pm.

Students who shuttled into Iowa City from the airport will be shuttled back. They should select a departure time on July 29th after the poster session. Students flying internationally may stay through Saturday, July 30th to help with flight arrangments. The end of the poster session on July 29th is at noon, which marks the end of the program. Departing students should aim for a departure time that won’t result in a frenzied rush to pack and reach the airport after the close of SSTP—any time after 2:30pm would work well with good preparation. If there is trouble scheduling a flight with a copacetic arrival or departure time, be sure to get in contact with us so we can ensure everything is in good order.

Residence hall check-in will begin at 1:00pm on the June 22nd. Students will have an opportunity to get familiar with Burge Hall, where they will live for the next 5½ weeks.  At 4:00pm, the opening ceremony for SSTP will begin. Parents are more than welcome to come to the ceremony. Some students will be with their parents at the ceremony, and others will be arriving solo.

June 22nd is quickly approaching—We look forward to finally meeting all of you!