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



Emma Shipley, Biochemistry major
Emma Shipley, a senior Biochemistry major, is near the end of her education at the University of Northern Iowa. She has had many challenges and adventures at UNI and...


Athletic Training Students
From the first day of entering the Athletic Training program, students are learning through hands-on experiences in the classroom, labs, and clinical assignments. This...


Jordon Caruso, Textiles and Apparel Major
Jordan Caruso, UNI TAPP major, tests for shear, drape, and other properties using a new and unique machine to the lab, the MARK-10. UNI owns one of the first MARK-10...


Amy Hartwig, Technology Management Major
Even at a very young age, Amy Hartwig knew that she wanted to serve her country. Her family has a history of being a part of the United States military. Her father,...


Zulema Argueta, Mathematics Teaching Major
If you want to be a teacher, then the University of Northern Iowa is the best school. This is what one of Zulema Argueta’s high school teachers told her when she...


Sheriff Jorkeh, Computer Science Major
Students at the University of Northern Iowa are honing their skills to combat real-life cyber attacks, including Sheriff Jorkeh, a first generation college student and...


Joseph Espinosa, All sciences Teaching Major
Job Shadowing his science teacher as a high school freshman changed Joseph Espinosa’s path for his future. He witnessed his teacher, at Bishop-Garrigan High School in...


Ameera Tahir, Biology & Environmental Health Major
Science has always been an interest of Ameera’s. Her dad was the driving force for her to pursue education in human health, in hopes that she would go on to med school...


MJ Lashbrook
Michael Lashbrook is happy “looking towards future.” He is happy “living every day.” In fact, he has never been happier. It’s all mostly because of his biology major.

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