University of Iowa

Submitting a Proposal

Fall 2019 First-Year Seminar Proposals

We are no longer accepting proposals for the Fall 2019 semester.
Proposals for Fall 2019 were due Monday, February 4, 2019.
Contact Angie Lamb ( if you have questions.

Only instructors who have submitted a proposal will be approved to offer a first-year seminar.
A proposal must be submitted every year,
even if a seminar was approved and offered in a previous semester.


All instructors must gain approval from their DEO or supervisor prior to submitting a proposal.

Executive and Instructional staff may submit a proposal for review.
Merit staff and graduate/teaching assistants are not eligible to teach a FYS.
Your college may have additional requirements.

Research-Focused First-Year Seminars
Consider turning your First Year Seminar into a "Research-Focused" course
Research-focused FYS's provide students with an opportunity to learn first hand about the nature and process of university research and creative scholarship at the University of Iowa. Research-focused FYS's also allow faculty to engage students in asking and answering research and creative questions. Many FYS's already have the structure of a research-focused FYS, where faculty share their passion and knowledge of research with students.
Additional information about this option can be found on the proposal form.

For the Fall 2019 semester, $2,500 will be awarded to the academic college offering the seminar.  Faculty should refer to their collegiate unit's policy regarding how the funds may be used.  

All purchases are subject to University of Iowa purchasing policies. Items purchased with FYS funds become property of the University. More information can be found in the UI Operations Manual or by calling the Accounts Payable, Purchasing and Travel Department at (319) 335-0115.