What is PRO?

The primary goal of the Iowa Policy Research Organization (IPRO) is to provide the Iowa Legislature with timely, high quality research and information on important policy issues that they will discuss in the upcoming Legislative Session. Members of IPRO meet major figures in government and politics throughout Iowa and communicate the results of their research directly with Iowa legislators and other policymakers.

Contributing students gain valuable skills in research, writing, teamwork, and political action. Their is a practical education in democracy, legislative process, and specific areas of public policy. As a result, students acquire policy expertise, political experience, and platforms for affecting public affairs.

How to Join

Students interested in joining the Iowa Policy Research Organization must send a current resume to Professor Martini at by March 31st receive special permission to enroll in POLI:3127 Legislative Policy Seminar for fall.

The following spring, members enroll in HONR:3210 Honors Policy Research Practicum that credits them for researching and writing a set of policy papers on chosen issues. IPRO veterans can participate a second year by using HONR:3100:0001 Honors Teaching Practicum to earn credit for service as program assistants and mentors.

IPRO is a collaborative effort between the Department of Political Science and the University of Iowa Honors Program.