Undergraduates (Community Colleges and 4-Year Institutions)

To achieve Iowa NSF EPSCoR’s goal of increasing the active participation of undergradute students in research, particularly those from underrepresented groups, its research teams employed several strategies:

  • [PHOTO]Students in lab.
    LEAD students examine a vial of bio-oil during a tour of Biorenewables Research Laboratory.
    A Diversity Taskforce was formed to begin a state-wide dialogue to better understand student barriers and identify solutions supporting the full participation of underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines.
  • Alliances between the research platforms and community colleges were formed to better situate underrepresented students.
  • Community college students networked into the STEM research community via mentoring by EPSCoR faculty members.
  • Partnerships with existing diversity-focused programs were established to coordinate the recruitment of under-represented minority students.
  • Undergraduates were encouraged to participate in Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs, both within our state and beyond.

Iowa NSF EPSCoR Annual All-Hands Meeting Student Poster Competition

Research-focused student poster competitions were held at every Iowa EPSCoR Annual All-Hands Meeting.  The competitions provided an opportunity for students affiliated with an Iowa institute of education to showcase their current or completed research and earn a cash prize.

RISE: Reigniting the Sophomore Experience

Iowa NSF EPSCoR collaborated with the Multicultural Student Affairs office at Iowa State University to develop a new program designed to promote the success of second-year students.  Although the program specifically targets students who are struggling in terms of satisfactory academic progress and/or in selecting a major, the program is open to all second-year under-represented minority students.  Bi-monthly lunch workshops will be held throughout the academic year.

Resources

Iowa Community College-to-University Transition Guides

A transition guide is a transfer planning resource developed by Iowa community college and university instructors and advisers in a specific academic discipline. These guides are offered by the Iowa Mathematics and Science Education Partnership (IMSEP).