Category Archives: SSTP Countdown

Countdown to SSTP: 1 Amazing Summer




Countdown to SSTP: 2 Lives to Live


Countdown to SSTP: 3 Things to Know about Your RAs

Name: Taylor


Major: English and Digital Media Leadership

Interesting Fact: Taylor wrote a novel last November

Name: Max


Major: Biomedical Engineering

Interesting Fact: Max owns an LLC called Footprint Medical Technologies

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!”




Countdown to SSTP: 7 Items to Pack!

Only three weeks until SSTP 2018 begins! It’s time to start thinking about what to pack. Here’s a short list of 7 items you shouldn’t be without:

  1. Rain gear! Iowa summer weather can be unpredictable. Make sure you’re prepared…brown and beige wooden barn surrounded with brown grasses under thunderclouds
  2. Official identification. ‘Nuff said.document id uk driving license driving licence
  3. Clean clothes are key! Make sure you have what you need to do laundry.person looking searching clean
  4. Iowa weather is unpredictable! Hot days can turn into cold nights. Pack warm clothes for when the temperature drops.prairie-dog-cynomys-burrowing-rodent-ground-squirrel-64229.jpeg
  5. Bring swim gear. The University of Iowa has pools for you to use on the hot summer days… and water balloons!SSTP 027
  6. Make sure you pack your computer. You’ll want it for the evening seminars, as well as any other work you may want to do outside of normal research hours. 20160712-DSC_0007
  7. Bring your Sunday best, so to speak! You won’t need to fancy clothes every day, but during the final research presentations, you’ll want to look spiffy.SSTP Group Photo 2017-8.jpg

If you have any questions about what else to bring and what to leave at home, email, and we’ll be happy to advise you on what’s a smart addition to your suitcase.