Graduate Students

Graduate Students (yellow highlights = links)

IIHR is a research center within the University of Iowa College of Engineering. IIHR graduate students earn an MS or PhD degree in the academic department where they are accepted. Students affiliate with IIHR through their faculty advisor. IIHR alumni hold prestigious positions in academia, agencies, industry, and government worldwide.

IIHR graduate students have access to IIHR’s world-renowned faculty researchers, state-of-the-art computational simulations, laboratory modeling facilities, and a vast array of field instrumentation and sensor networks. Students also benefit from emersion in multidisciplinary programs in a multicultural environment.

Most IIHR graduate students have a quarter-time or half-time research assistantship. These positions are generally year-round appointments that include full tuition. The 2022-2023 rate for half-time calendar-year appointments through IIHR is $30,023 for MS students and $31,000 for PhD students who already have an MS.

About Our Students — 2019

  • IIHR currently enrolls about 100 graduate students
  • 38 percent MS and 62 percent PhD
  • 64 percent men and 36 percent women
  • About half of IIHR’s current graduate students are international. Currently, they represent 16 countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Colombia, India, Iran, Italy, Jordan, Nepal, Nigeria, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, and USA.
  • Students have the opportunity to participate in IIHR’s renowned International Perspectives study-abroad course. This course, first offered in 1997, now travels to India every winter to expose participants to the multi-faceted issues surrounding water resources management in this part of the world.
  • IIHR faculty received an NSF grant in 2016 for an innovative new graduate program on Sustainable Water Development.
  • IIHR graduate students currently represent these departments: Civil & Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering,…. (get alphabetized list from Laura)
  • IIHR developed and helps manage the fully hands-on Engineering Fluids Laboratory, which offers students a variety of experiments, including one designed by former IIHR Director Hunter Rouse — sometimes referred to as the “father of modern hydraulics.”