University of Iowa College of Engineering Academic Diversity Programs and Partners

UI College of Engineering programs and partners provide great opportunities for faculty to engage in activities which expand their research efforts to benefit society. These activities serve to broaden participation of underrepresented groups in research, increase public scientific literacy, as well as enhance teacher engagement and translation of research to practice. Because these activities go beyond the discovery in research labs and expand engagement with science technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by diverse audiences, they are termed “broader impacts” by federal agencies. Researchers interested in broader impacts activities may seek to engage one or more of the key programs and campus partners listed here.


Hosted by the College of Engineering:

Women in Science and Engineering

The mission of the Women in Science and Engineering Program is to expand and improve educational and professional opportunities for women in all fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by facilitating individual, institutional, and social change.  THE SPECIFIC AIMS of the WISE Program are: To provide academic support; To promote professional development; To facilitate research opportunities; To establish and maintain community outreach, and; To encourage global cooperation.

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization in which students use and reflect Gracious Professionalism, get real-world application of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) concepts, and participate in an atmosphere that encourages team building, entrepreneurship and sportsmanship. In FIRST Tech Challenge, teams of students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. Teams, including coaches, mentors, and volunteers are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as for well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.

Femineers ®

The Femineer ® Program is a teacher training program that was created and funded by Cal Poly Pomona’s College of Engineering in 2013 to inspire females to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The program provides 6-12 students with project-based learning, female engineering student mentors, and opportunities to visit the University of Iowa. The University of Iowa is the first affiliate university outside of California.


Community Partners:


Office of Graduate Inclusion


The Center for Diversity and Enrichment

SROP Program

The UI Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is an award winning program designed to provide promising underrepresented undergraduate students with in-depth research experiences.  Each student plays an active role in identifying the area of study and a faculty mentor to work with.  Explore research opportunities at Iowa that will lead to doctoral degrees in Education, Humanities, or Social Sciences. 

Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives, Carver College of Medicine

Launched in 2008, the Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives works closely with other administrative offices and community partners to foster an environment where all members of the UI Health Care community feel welcome. The Office supports the UI Health Care community of students, faculty, post doctoral scholars, staff, residents and fellows in conjunction with the tripartite mission of the academic medical center. Examples of Office sponsored programs and events include: Diversity trainings and professional development programs, Networking events for medical students and residents/fellows, Diversity Dialogue Circles, Welcome programs for new students, Human Rights Week Events

Iowa Biosciences Academy

The mission of the Iowa Biosciences Academy (IBA) program is to identify academically talented undergraduate underrepresented minority students with aspirations for a research career and provide them with first-rate training that will facilitate their entry into doctoral programs in the biomedical, behavioral, and biophysical sciences. Nationally, African-American, Latino/Hispanic, American Indian, and Pacific Islander groups are regarded as underrepresented in these fields. While underrepresented minorities comprise 25% of the U.S. population, only 5.8% of earned science and engineering doctorates in 2004 were awarded to underrepresented people of color. It is imperative that programs in academic research create a more inclusive community of scholars and faculty, and IBA is contributing to that paradigm shift.  The program faculty represent a broad range of disciplines in the basic and biomedical sciences including Anatomy & Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Genetics, Microbiology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Molecular Physiology and Psychology.

The Iowa Edge Program

The Iowa Edge, is an exciting program for 120 African American, American Indian, Asian American, Latino/a, and first-generation college students. Students participating in The Iowa Edge: Meet students and campus leaders who support students during their college experience; Enjoy specialized campus tours and get familiar with campus life before the semester begins; Develop leadership skills for success in class, on campus, and in life. Lodging, meals and program expenses for all participants are paid by a grant from the Kevin and Donna Gruneich Charitable Foundation.

STEM at Iowa

The University of Iowa, STEM at Iowa, is committed to improving STEM education practices at all levels of education - in schools and communities across the state. The career opportunities related to the STEM disciplines are growing and changing at an incredible rate globally.  In addition, everyday decisions related to health, economic well-being, and concerns for the future are becoming increasingly complex for all.  At the University of Iowa, we realize the importance of both preparing all students to be STEM literate citizens and inspire students to pursue STEM related careers. The need for effective STEM education is undeniable in our nation and world today.

Southeast Iowa STEM HUB – Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council

The Southeast Iowa STEM Hub is a collaborative effort between The University of Iowa and Kirkwood Community College utilizing the strengths from both institutions to help expand STEM to the communities we serve. The Hub is also a partnership of educators, companies, elected officials and Iowa students and families addressing policies and programs designed to improve SE Iowa’s economic development and educational system focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).