UNI graduate student Athena-Sade Whiteside sings at commencement.
Jan 08, 2020

Music shines light on UNI student’s life

After running away from an abusive home environment in high school and ending up in a youth homeless shelter, this student found solace in music at UNI.

UNI's Cyber Defense team
Dec 04, 2019

Developing cyber strategy

For the past several years, teams of University of Northern Iowa computer science majors have been competing in cyber defense contests, often taking on schools several times their size to either fight off or take part in cyber attacks in a purely digital battle. 

UNI student Madison Miller
Nov 20, 2019

Coming back from the unknown

Anti-NMDAR encephalitis is a neurological autoimmune disease that can cause hallucinations, memory loss and even death — but it hasn’t stopped this UNI student from remembering where she’s going.

UNI students research swallowing disorders.
Oct 24, 2019

Making it easier to swallow

Swallowing can be something we take for granted. We do it without thought. But for someone suffering from dysphagia, which is the medical term for a difficulty with swallowing, this seemingly simple task is actually an intricate dance between the many nerves and muscles that coordinate eating and breathing. A misstep can be the difference between life and death. For these individuals, UNI is there to help.

Monarch butterflies
Oct 23, 2019

UNI students help document a natural phenomenon

The once mighty migration of monarch butterflies is in a climate-change-fueled decline, but UNI students are helping collect data that suggests a positive change might be on the horizon.

UNI students help paint a mural at Expo High School.
Oct 10, 2019

UNI students help spread the joys of art

UNI art education majors are helping students paint a mural at the Expo Alternative Learning Center in Waterloo, gaining experience for their future careers while giving voice to a small population of students who may not have the chance to otherwise.

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University of Northern Iowa senior Mollie Sherman.
Sep 11, 2019

UNI senior returns from a life-changing summer

During an eight-week internship at Boston University this summer, senior Mollie Sherman saw all sides of medicine – the thrilling successes and the anguishing defeats. And it gave her the confidence to pursue a goal she had been told she could never accomplish.

A University of Northern Iowa student welds a sculpture at the Public Art Incubator.
Sep 11, 2019

Sculpting the future of public art

UNI's Public Art Incubator recently completed its largest project to date, and the experience is setting students up for future success.

Data science added as UNI minor.
Aug 21, 2019

Data science coming to UNI

Companies need data scientists. And the University of Northern Iowa is introducing a new major and developing new courses to meet this demand.