Taking part in a study abroad trip as a college student is often the opportunity of a lifetime. That was certainly the case for April Vande Voort, a senior in psychology, when her capstone group from UNI partnered with the Universidad Marista in Mérida, Mexico.
The Mary Ann Bolton Undergraduate Research Award recognizes and celebrates students who have completed undergraduate research. Those who have conducted research using library materials and are approved by a UNI faculty member or mentor can qualify. Full time students from any major must have completed a credit-bearing course or faculty mentored project. Projects must also be original work completed no earlier than spring of 2021.
UNI alum Grant Menke graduated with a degree in political science and has since worked with some of the state's top politicians and major agencies. Most recently, Menke was named Deputy Secretary of Agriculture with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.
Mo Ponton, a junior majoring in social work at the University of Northern Iowa, and her best friend Kierra Jack, an interior design major at ISU, launched a podcast called "Black Girl in College," in which they discuss their college experiences and challenges as Black women.
Olivia Chambers has faced immense challenges since losing her sight. It’s taken a lot of adjustment, help from her coaches and teammates and learning how to re-orient herself in the pool, but she is still racking up wins. Most recently, she made the 2023 U.S. Paralympics Swimming National Team roster.