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Roaring Research

Lions on the African savannaFrom the University of Northern Iowa campus to the University of Minnesota to African savannas, UNI Alumna, Sarah Huebner is living her life to the fullest.  “I wanted to feel like I was making a difference in the world.  I wanted a job that made me excited to get out of bed and go to work every day, and being an ecologist, I definitely fe

Keyaira Phillips, TAPP Alumna & 20 Under 40 Winner

UNI TAPP Alumna, Keyaira Phillips, had been named as one of the Cedar Valley's 20 Under 40.  This award is given by the WCF Courier to outstanding leaders in the area.  Ms. Phillips has worked at a number of places since graduating from UNI, but is currently at Rockwell Collins as a Senior Sourcing Manager.  (

Passion for learning

Cody Law was in high school then. He was part of the Upward Bound Math and Science Program at the University of Northern Iowa. There, he came to know about the UNI Science Symposium.


“I was informed that the symposium awarded scholarships in the fields of natural science,” he recalls. “I participated and was awarded a scholarship in the field of Physics.”


Law enrolled in the Department of Physics in the fall of 2001.


Never too late to go to school

Paul Rael’s decision to enroll in the Department of Technology at the University of Northern Iowa in 2000 for a bachelor’s degree in electromechanical systems must have been surprising — to his friends, colleagues, and family.


After all, he already had an associate’s degree in electronics engineering technology from Hawkeye Community College and had been working as an electronics technician for more than 10 years.


He had his reasons, though — two, to be precise.


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