The Translational AI Center (TrAC) at Iowa State University is providing a 9-week research experience for undergraduates in Artificial Intelligence (AI) applied across diverse fields. Students will engage in interdisciplinary projects, acquiring skills to prepare them for graduate school and develop professionally. Activities will be directed by diverse TrAC faculty and staff mentors. The program’s success will be highlighted at a campus-wide symposium, including peers, graduate students, research scientists, faculty, and industry professionals. Research goals and activities will align with the mission of TrAC, our research thrusts, and the AI Institute for Resilient Agriculture (AIIRA).


Program Dates – June 3 – August 2, 2024

Deadline to Apply – April 15, 2024


  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited college/university.
  • There is no minimum GPA requirement, but must be in good academic standing
  • Must be available to conduct work/research FT during the course of the 9-week program
  • At least 18 years of age by the start of the program

Learning Outcomes

  • Provide students with experience in the identification, design, and implementation of an autonomous and interdisciplinary STEM research project in AI
  • Understand and engage in ethical and responsible conduct in research
  • Practice effectively summarizing and sharing research findings
  • Identify individual strengths and strategies for working collaboratively
  • Establish healthy mentoring relationships with faculty and graduate mentors
  • Develop and grow professional social media network and communication skills
  • Synthesize and present research discovery at a collaborative research symposium that includes an audience of peers, graduate students, research scientists, faculty, and industry professionals
  • Articulate lessons learned through participation in the REU experience

How to apply?

You may complete the APPLICATION LINK HERE. Please be prepared to provide the following materials:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Letter of Recommendation

Please contact TrAC’s Education and Outreach Coordinator with any questions:

Jason Wiegand