Graduate College Stories & News

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Speech pathology alum’s work with cancer patients wins national award

UNI alum Veena Kallambettu, was the sole winner of the 2021 Louis M. DiCarlo Award for the development of clinical programs to improve speech outcomes in patients with head and neck cancer.
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Is a Doctorate in Education right for you?

Here are some important details if you’re interested in elevating your career by pursuing a doctorate in education online or on-campus.  
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University of Northern Iowa ranks in top 20% for online master’s in education programs

The University of Northern Iowa’s online master’s in education programs ranked among the top 20% nationally in a 2022 U.S. News and World Report review released today.

The UNI programs ranked 53 among 322 programs for master’s degrees, climbing 19 places from 2021.

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UNI gets involved in Open Educational Resource creation

With textbook prices continually rising, college students often face a choice between course materials and other necessities. UNI graduate faculty is working to change that with the help of a new grant.

The Regents Open Educational Resources (OER) grant program awards funds to faculty who create free, open-source course materials for college students. Open resources are textbooks that are “freely available for the world,” says Anne Marie Gruber, UNI’s very own OER librarian. “It reframes how we think about sharing information.”

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Meet the Faculty: Dr. Wallace Hettle

UNI’s graduate faculty are among the most creative and innovative scholars in their fields. Their research benefits graduate students and the university, as well as the Cedar Falls community, and they are an essential part of UNI life!

Dr. Wallace Hettle, one of UNI’s history professors, is dedicated to making important historical research accessible to the public. His work helps graduate students learn crucial research skills so they can carry on the scholarly tradition in the discipline of history.

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Program Highlight: Women's & Gender Studies, MA

UNI is home to dozens of innovative graduate programs, including the Women’s and Gender Studies MA. Founded in 1976 by Drs. Glenda Riley and Grace Ann Hovet, the program showcases the work of female and LGBTQ scholars, as well as educating students and the broader campus community on feminism, gender and sexuality, and related topics.

Staycie Lyman, Graduate Secretary for the Women’s and Gender Studies program, believes that UNI offers a unique experience to those who want to make local and global changes through activism and awareness.

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Geography graduate assistantship to help Iowa high school students find their passion

After teaching at the high school level for 13 years and receiving numerous teaching awards, Rachel Hansen has found herself back on the other side of the classroom. Not only is she a geography master’s student at the University of Northern Iowa, but she is about to be the geography department’s first recipient of an innovative graduate assistantship. 

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The History of Distance: 25 Years of the Online Music Education Masters program at UNI

The UNI School of Music is celebrating an important milestone, the 25th Anniversary of our Masters of Music in Music Education Distance Education program. We recently checked in with the very first graduate of the program, Ernest Reineke, who is currently in his 33rd year of teaching, and learned how the program was created and has impacted his incredible teaching career. We would love to share some perspective on not only how the program was developed, but also how the program has adapted and changed over the years.   

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UNI showcases knowledge, creativity, and innovation

"Without this tool, my work would have gone unseen," said Megan Vogt-Kostner, a former UNI graduate student.

Many graduate students dream of publishing their research and seeing it read by other scholars. But did you know that you can do exactly that—for free—through the UNI ScholarWorks service?

Offered by the Rod Library, ScholarWorks is an online repository that collects and preserves research conducted through the University of Northern Iowa. This service is an excellent place for students and faculty to make their research available to a wide online audience!

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English master's graduate honored with posthumous publishing of MFA thesis

As the oldest literary magazine in the nation, the North American Review (NAR) has published work from acclaimed authors of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Its most recent project is the publishing of Stellaphasia, the final poetry collection of a recently passed University of Northern Iowa alumnus.