The University of Iowa

Medical Scientist Training Program

Carver College of Medicine


Information for Admitted SUMR Students

Important Dates to Remember:

(Check the SUMR calendar for times & rooms)

Sat, May 24, 2014 First day to move in Quad (after 4:00 pm)
Sun, May 25, 2014 Welcome Picnic at the home of SUMR Co-Director Chris Benson, MD
Tues, May 27, 2014 SUMR Program Orientation Session
Tues, May 27, 2014 First day in the lab
Thurs, May 29, 2014 Welcome Reception for all Summer Research Program Participants
Sponsored by the Biosciences Program
Wed, July 30, 2014 9th Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Conference
Sponsored by the Graduate College
Wed, July 30, 2014 SUMR Program Farewell
Fri, August 1, 2014 Last day in the lab
Sat, August 2, 2014 Must be moved out of Quad by noon


What to Bring:


In addition to casual clothes for your laboratory rotations & social activities, please bring clothing for your clinical rotation experiences (business casual).


Check the guidebook for details on what to bring to campus for your lodging arrangements.


If you are driving to Iowa City, you might consider bringing a bicycle. The Iowa City Bike Library is available for bike rentals for those who aren't able to bring a bike to campus.


It is VERY IMPORTANT that you bring the following to campus:

1) your passport
2) your driver's licence & social security card
(in which case, both are needed).

These documents are needed to complete your payroll appointment paperwork.

Also bring your banking information: bank routing & account numbers are needed for payroll.


Housing Information - Quadrangle Residence Hall

You will be staying at the Quadrangle Residence Hall. Quadrangle Hall is located on the West Campus, adjacent to Hillcrest Hall, Rienow Hall, and the Field House. It is also just five blocks from the Pentacrest. Quadrangle Hall is adjacent to the UIHC and the Health Sciences Campus.

The full mailing address is below:
Quadrangle Residence Hall
100 Quadrangle Rm #___

Iowa City, IA 52242-1123

The physical address for plotting driving directions is:
310 Grand Avenue
Iowa City, IA 52242

Quad Residence Hall Desk (8:00 am to Midnight): 319-335-9230

Quadrangle Double Occupancy Floor Plan

Check-in begins Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Check-out will be required by 12:00 pm on Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Quad residence hall guidebook can be found HERE (.pdf)


Parking Information

For those participants that drive, we will have off-site parking available (at the program's cost).


Cambus Service

For information about the free campus bus service (CAMBUS) to take you to and from Quad Hall visit the CAMBUS webpage.

Information for Incoming Students about the CAMBUS Service (.pdf)

Check out the CAMBUS Routes & Schedules page

May 24-June 8 - CAMBUS will be on the Interim Service Schedule

June 9-August 8 - Regular Summer Session CAMBUS Schedules


Summer Forms

Job Shadowing

(General information on the UI Rad/Onc site also applies to SUMR participants)

Job Shadowing Information & Form including Patient Confidentiality Form

Communicable Disease Screening Form (must be filled out before each experience)

Payroll Forms

2014 Federal W-4 Form

2014 Iowa W-4 Form

University of Iowa Payroll Authorization Form (this can also be completed online using Self-Service)


Local Grocery Stores

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Restaurant Recommendations from current MSTP students

Download the .pdf here

Or a fancy booklet version here


Looking for something to do while you're in Iowa City?

Iowa City Downtown District -

Iowa City/Coralville/North Liberty Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Iowa Cultural Corridor Alliance

Iowa City Patch

Little Village (Iowa City's News & Culture Magazine)

The Gazette & events site -

The Press Citizen's events site - Go Iowa City


Some of Our Favorite Summer Events

Farmers’ Markets - (May--Oct 2014 in Iowa City)

Open air market featuring fresh locally grown produce, baked goods, plants, flowers, crafts.

Lower level of the Chauncey Swan parking ramp between Washington and College Streets Wednesdays 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm & Saturdays 7:30 am - noon


Farmers' Market (May 6-Oct 3, 2014 in Coralville)

Coralville Community Aquatic Center parking lot, 1513 7th Street, Coralville

Monday & Thursday Nights - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Friday Night Concert Series - (May 16-Sept 12, 2014 in Iowa City)

Concerts are held outside of the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.  Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy FREE live entertainment!


Saturday Night Concert Series - (May 17, June 21, July 19 & Aug 16 in Iowa City)

Concerts are held outside of the Sheraton Iowa City Hotel from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.  Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy FREE live entertainment!


Iowa Arts Festival - (June 6-8, 2014 in Iowa City)

The Iowa Arts Festival is a weekend-long, free, community celebration featuring over 125 local and national visual artists displaying and selling their artwork, a music festival, a “Culinary Row” serving regional and ethnic food, a variety of activities and entertainment, both creative and educational, for children and families. The Iowa Arts Festival is the most anticipated visual art-centered event of the summer.


Thursday Evening Music in the Park - (June 6-Aug 8, 2014 in Coralville)

Musical acts in an open-air setting on Thursdays, held in the Coralville City Center Plaza district.


Saturday Night Free Movie Series - (June 14-Aug 23, 2014 in Iowa City)

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy FREE entertainment.  The UI Museum of Natural History is open each Saturday night until the movie starts for more FREE fun before the movie!

Movies take place outside of Macbride Hall (on the East side of the building) at sunset (which varies from 8:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. later in the season).


MusicIC - (June 18-21, 2014 in Iowa City)

MusicIC is a free, four-concert chamber music festival which takes place in downtown Iowa City. Enjoy concerts on Thursday and Friday nights at Trinity Episcopal Church, Saturday night at the Englert Theater and Sunday afternoon at the Iowa City Public Library.  Free Admission

Iowa Jazz Festival - (July 3-5, 2014 in Iowa City)
Named one of the Top Ten Jazz Festivals in the country, the 2014 Iowa City Jazz Festival presented by University of Iowa Community Credit Union definitely will live up to that reputation. With a variety of well-known jazz musicians and an infusion of up-and-coming talent, you're sure to enjoy the music from all four stages!

4th Fest  - (June 28, July 3-4, 2014 in Coralville)

Residents young and old eagerly anticipate 4th Fest, Coralville’s well-loved annual 4th of July community celebration in S.T. Morrison Park.  There is always something for everyone, and many of the events are free!!


RAGBRAI (July 21-27, 2014)

RAGBRAI®, The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa®, is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state. RAGBRAI is the longest, largest and oldest touring bicycle ride in the world. RAGBRAI is a bicycle ride - not a race. (*RAGBRAI is also very well known for its crazy participants who come for the party and bicycle just to reach the next destination!) 


Area Parks & Attractions

Iowa City Parks and Recreation                                                                          

Come out and play! 40 parks, playgrounds and open spaces total approximately 1,200 acres. Indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, ball fields, trails, picnic shelters, skate park and outdoor theatre.


Coralville Parks and Recreation                                                                                              

Coralville Parks and Recreation offers diverse opportunities to meet your leisure needs. Our facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, shelters, fishing ponds, recreation center, playgrounds and tennis courts.


F.W. Kent Park-Johnson County Conservation             

This picturesque 1,082-acre park is located 10 miles west of Iowa City on Highway 6. A 27-acre lake, which contains catfish, large mouth bass, bluegill, walleye and crappie, provides the angler with many fine hours of fishing enjoyment. Come and explore the prairies, forests and wetlands, camp or enjoy a swim after an afternoon of fishing, hiking or participating in any of the other activities at F.W. Kent Park.


Coralville Lake                                                                               

This reservoir was formed in the 1950’s when the Coralville Dam was built to control the flooding of the Iowa River. Today the 23-mile-long Coralville Lake offers seven campgrounds and a number of beaches and boat ramps.


Lake Macbride                                                         

Iowa’s’ largest state park with 2 campgrounds, eight boat ramps and two public beaches.  You’ll find it easy to enjoy the day or even a whole week here.


Amana Colonies                                                                                                            

A group of settlements (7 villages) of German Pietists that lived a communal life until mid 1930’s.  The settlement maintained an almost completely self-sufficient local economy for ~80yrs.  Now it is a tourist attraction known for wonderful family-style restaurants, a working woolen mill, woodworking shops, and a brewery.