A UNI alum
Sep 23, 2021

UNI alum helping produce COVID-stopping drug

Named one of America’s top young chemists, UNI Alum Patrick Fier leverages his research expertise to lead Merck’s efforts to produce a COVID-stopping drug.


UNI biology professor Jerreme Jackson.
Sep 02, 2021

Giving underrepresented students a Jump Start

Jerreme Jackson’s journey as a Black man becoming the first member of his family to earn a doctorate degree was fueled by determination and perseverance. Now at UNI, he’s passing on those lessons to students from underrepresented backgrounds.


Michelle Hall, 46, and her oldest daughter, MaKayla McDonald, 28, received their diplomas on the same day.
Aug 26, 2021

UNI alumna overcomes domestic violence to help others in need of housing

Michelle Hall raised four children, overcame domestic violence and first enrolled at UNI at age 41. She now works at a Waterloo nonprofit that serves people affected by homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault.


UNI professor Hannah Porter-Occeña
Aug 12, 2021

UNI professor wins international music contest

Winning accolades is nothing new for UNI assistant professor and professional flutist Hannah Porter-Occeña. The accomplished flutist recently won Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation’s 2021 international music competition, which means she will take her mission of musical education around the world.


UNI assistant professor of computer science Dheryta Jaisinghani and her student, recent graduate Brandon Purvis
Aug 05, 2021

Cracking the code to social distancing

For Brandon Purvis, undergraduate research at UNI was a career-changing experience. A year-long stint as a researcher with assistant professor of computer science Dheryta Jaisinghani has him considering graduate school after they developed a preliminary system for enforcing social distancing guidelines in classrooms using the revolutionary field known as the Internet of Things.


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