Ethnic Inclusion


Sharon Smith-TembeSharon Smith-Tembe
Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering
May 2006


When I first began at UI it took some time getting adjusted to being one of very few American minority graduate students in the College of Engineering and the only one in my department. Since the implementation of the AGEP and Ethnic Inclusion Effort, I had seen a dramatic increase in the number of minority graduate students in the college. AGEP and Ethnic Inclusion Effort are committed to creating a comfortable and welcoming environment for minority graduate students and giving them the tools and support they need to be successful.

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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Ricardo E. Colon HernandezRicardo E. Colon Hernandez
MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering
December 2006


I was born in Puerto Rico, and since I was little, I have been intrigued and amazed by electronic things, and took them apart to learn how they worked. When it came time to choose a major for college, electrical engineering was the right choice, and I knew that someday I wanted to be a professor. The Ethnic Inclusion Effort for Iowa Engineering had given me the opportunity to make a contribution to science and knowledge, and got one step closer to my goal.

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.