Educators

Programs, events and resources for K-12 formal and non-formal educators.

Looking at life through evolution lens

Nicole Hindman has always had a passion for learning about animals, plants, and insects. When in high school, she first learned about the Theory of Evolution; it gave her “a lens to appreciate life at a deeper level.” The decision to major in biology, with an emphasis on ecology and evolution, was thus easy to make.
 
The decision to enroll in the University of Northern Iowa wasn’t too difficult, either. She found the atmosphere “very welcoming” when she visited UNI.
 

Dream defined in diversity

 
It all started with a couple of short and simple questions: Who decides what we get and what we do not get?
 
 
“I have always been a curvy girl,” says Keyaira Phillips. “So, before it was ‘in’ to be curvy, I had the hardest time finding in Waterloo/Cedar Falls areas a selection of clothes that were trendy and cute, and that fit.”
 
 
Of course, Phillips did not know then that “there were actual buyers and teams that pick out clothing assortments and that what was available varied per locations/regions.” However, she knew one thing for sure.

Transferring with Ease

Each year, hundreds of students transfer to the University of Northern Iowa to continue their education at this institution. In fact, this year alone, 978 students made the decision to transfer after previously completing coursework at a different college or university. In 2013, Benjamin Nettleton decided that UNI was the right fit for him and made the transition to life at a 4-year college after completing his associate’s degree at North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC) in Mason City, Iowa.

UNI STEM Joins the Connectory

UNI STEM Summer Camps and other programs that bring PreK-12 students to campus are now be highlighted on the Connectory, the go to place for families to discover local STEM opportunities for the children in their lives and for program providers to find partners with which to collaborate.  From afterschool programs to camps to one-day events, the Connectory offers the most comprehensive collection of STEM programs for PreK-12 students in the US.  Check out the upcoming UNI STEM Camps at the Connectory today and watch out for announcements of acadeic year public programs from STEM Ambassadors

Early Life Experiences Inspire Career Choices

 
Personal experience introduced Jess Reuter to Speech Pathology at a young age.  While Jess was in second grade, a friend suffered several medical events, which resulted in a coma.  “Once out of the coma, she could not walk, talk, or even eat; she had to learn how to do all those basic tasks again. The strange medical events happened again when we were in 7th grade, but this time I had a better understanding of what was going on.”
 

Jacob Snyder– Well Rounded and Ready to Pursue any Career Path

UNI’s Mathematics Department has a rich history in mathematics education as well as a nationally acclaimed program in actuarial science. Actuarial science applies mathematical and statistical methods to assess risk in insurance, finance, and other industries and professions. Jacob Snyder, a Junior, is an Actuarial Science and Finance major. Jacob always had an interest and aptitude for math when he was young. He knew that his future career would have something to do with math. What he didn’t know was that actuarial science would become the perfect combination he was looking for.

Allison Wold—Making an Impact at UNI

Allison Wold is a Junior at the University of Northern Iowa. Allison studies Biochemistry and Biology. ”In junior high I was in an after school STEM program, The Iowa Excellence Program, and I had a lot of fun doing science experiments and playing math games. In high school I really enjoyed biology and chemistry, so biochemistry seemed like the perfect fit.”
 

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