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 Things You Should Pack

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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