Ethnic Inclusion

Richard GonzalezRichard Gonzalez
Ph.D. in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering             May 2015



After 5 years of Ph.D. studies at UI, it was hard to leave behind Iowa, what became my new home. My experience as a Ph.D. student was phenomenal since UI gave me much more than I was expecting. At Ethnic Inclusion we became a family, and together we supported each other at classes and provided voluntary services to the community. Because of this, today I am a more prepared engineer thanks to UI and Ethnic Inclusion.

Treniece L. TerryTreniece L. Terry
Ph.D. in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
December 2008



I had gone to The University of Iowa because I was attracted to the Ethnic Inclusion Program. This program had provided me with both emotional and academic support, as well as, being a bridge for students to join together. I was a joint student with the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and Pharmaceutical Sciences, where I worked on pulmonary drug delivery using porous polymers. I enjoyed my time there, but boy did I miss my farm-raised catfish from my hometown of Jackson, Mississippi :o)!


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Aribet De JesúsAribet De Jesús

PHD Biomedical Engineering, In progress


I began my graduate studies in biomedical engineering at the University of Iowa in the Fall of 2011. Coming from the small, tropical island of Puerto Rico, my first months in Iowa were mainly spent trying to acclimate to the drastic weather changes and adjusting to living far from my family and friends. But the charm of Iowa City, my fascination with my research project , and my involvement with Ethnic Inclusion quickly helped me adjust and find a warm, welcoming place, and a supportive group of people. Being a part of Ethnic Inclusion has not only given me the chance to connect with many great people and to find a support system, but has also allowed me to give back to others. Through organizations such as EI, MESA, and SHPE I have had the rewarding experience of sharing my passion for science with a younger generation, and helping to motivate others to pursue studies in STEM. Thanks to Ethnic Inclusion I have become a better, more socially conscious engineer.

Maritza Muñiz-MaisonetMaritza Muñiz-Maisonet
MS in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
May 2008


Iowa offered me a life time worth of experiences to help me grow. My research project was aimed at characterizing glucagon (protein used to treat hypoglycemic patients) aggregation with laser scattering techniques. The Ethnic Inclusion Effort for Iowa Engineering program offered me the opportunity to interact with professors from around the world.