STEM Student Profiles

Read about University of Northern Iowa STEM majors.  Every student comes to their program with different experiences, resources, strengths, weaknesses, preconceptions, and goals.  Learn about their different backgrounds, paths, interests, and activities. Be inspired by these stories to find your own path!

Student Profiles



Katie, UNI 3+1 Medical Laboratory Science Major
Last spring, Katie finished her 3 years at UNI and over the summer she began her year in the Allen College MLS program. When she finishes next spring, she will have a...


UNI Peer Advisors program is all about students helping students.
Briyana Carter is a UNI Biology Major, who loves math and helping people.


Pratik at river
The project involves researching the water quality of the Bagmati river in Kathmandu, Nepal. Pratik is working with Dr. Iqbal to track changes over time and over space...


Anna Sagan
Anna became involved in undergraduate research by approaching one of her professors one day after class during her sophomore year. Dr. Lisa Kopf had spoken about her...


Faith Luce classifying colors of artifacts.
“We got started in the summer and just kinda ran from there. I fell in love with the research and we really made it grow.”


Mary Sutton Presenting Her Research
UNI Junior Mary Sutton worked on a research project with Dr. Ali Tabei from the UNI Physics Department and Dr. Mary Spies from the University of Iowa Biochemistry...


Lily Conrad, Environmental Science Major
Sometimes it takes just one event to change the course of someone’s future. According to Lily Conrad, this was definitely the case when it came to her education. Lily,...


Harris Taylor, Chemistry Major
Taylor describes herself as “a big science nerd all around.” She is interested in many aspects of science outside of her current field. In fact, she took one of her...


Marnie Hoerler, Statistics and Actuarial Science Major
Marnie Hoefler, sophomore and STEM ambassador, came to the University of Northern Iowa knowing exactly what she wanted to do. She declared her major as Statistics and...


Allison Williams, Textiles and Apparel Major
Allison Williams, a UNI STEM ambassador, is a senior in the Textiles and Apparel program at the University of Northern Iowa. However, she was not always looking at that...


Jaclyn Miller, Mathematics Education Major
In 3rd grade Jaclyn Miller decided that she wanted to be a teacher. “Many kids want to be teachers when they are little. Many grow out of this. I never did,” The...


Nicole Bishop, Chemistry Major
Undergraduate research has played a key role in the experience and success of University of Northern Iowa senior Nicole Bishop. For the past two years Nicole has worked...

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