The Undergraduate Research Office is located on the second floor of Jischke Honors Building, between Horticulture Hall and Ross Hall. It can be reached along the main campus sidewalks or by walking west from Farm House Lane towards central campus. Jischke Honors Building is indicated by the blue marker on this map. Nearby visitor parking can be found on this map.

Office Contact

Svitlana Zbarska

Undergraduate Research Program Coordinator Campus-Wide

2132 Jischke Honors Building

Ames, IA 50011


Dr. Svitlana Zbarska manages programs that promote undergraduate research opportunities across campus. In this role, Dr. Zbarska coordinates campus-wide undergraduate research (UR) programs and initiatives such as Research Seminars for Undergraduate Students, the First-Year Honors Mentor Program, ISU Annual Undergraduate Symposium on Research and Creative Expression, Research in the Capitol, and the Summer REU Symposium. Dr. Zbarska teaches U ST 275x pre-research course “Integrative Undergraduate Research: Methods, Applications, and Communication Strategies”. She also runs multiple workshops and professional development seminars about involvement in UR and getting the most out of your UR experiences. Dr. Zbarska is an adviser for the i-Research club.

Dr. Zbarska received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience with Excellence in Research from Iowa State University in 2007. After that, she was a leading scientist on several research projects at the Department of Biomedical Sciences and the Department of Genetics and Cell Biology at ISU. Dr. Zbarska is originally from Ukraine where she received her BS in Physics and MS in Biophysics with Honors from the Shevchenko National University, Kyiv, Ukraine. Dr. Zbarska is passionate about encouraging and advocating for undergraduate students’ research experiences.




To schedule an appointment, follow the instructions below:

  1. Log into AccessPlus
  2. Under 'Student' tab, select ISUAppointments from the list on the lefthand side.
  3. Click 'continue.'
  4. Click on the blue 'Schedule Campus Appointment' button on the upper righthand side.
  5. Follow the form instructions, selecting 'Undergraduate Research' for 'Appointment Type.'