K12 Students

Programs, events, and resources for K-12 students and their families.

Ocean Adventurer

Emma Shipley Hiking Seven Sisters near Dover, UKEmma Shipley, a senior Biochemistry major, is near the end of her education at the University of Northern Iowa.  She has had many challenges and adventures at UNI and will soon be on a new adventure.  The question of what do you want to be when you grow up is one of the most common questions asked.

Serving First

Even at a very young age, Amy Hartwig knew that she wanted to serve her country.  Her family has a history of being a part of the United States military.  Her father, both grandfathers, most of her uncles, and older brother have all served either in the Army, Navy, Air Force, or the Air National Guard.  It was in September of her senior year, when she was only 17, that Amy enlisted in the Air National Guard. Amy Hartwig, Air National Guard

Adding Up to Her Dream Job -- First Generation Series (4 of 4)

If you want to be a teacher, then the University of Northern Iowa is the best school.  This is what one of Zulema Argueta’s high school teachers told her when she started to consider becoming a math teacher.  She visited the UNI campus during her sophomore year of high school and her decision was made.  Zulema loved the campus, especially the size.  It is a big university, but not too big.  It has been is the perfect fit for her.

Defending Networks -- First Generation Series (3 of 4)

Cyber Defense.  Seems like something we only see in the movies or hear on the news.  Students at the University of Northern Iowa are honing their skills to combat real-life cyber attacks.  The UNI’s Cyber Defense Team came in 2nd place in the 2016 Argonne National Lab’s National Cyber Defense Competition near Chicago, Illinois.  Sheriff Jorkeh, a first generation college student, is a part of this successful team.

Art Serving A Larger Purpose

Iowa Association of Energy Efficiency Scholarship Winner and UNI Interior Design Student Kimberly Wilderdyke, has plans to take her love of HGTV and art to serve a larger purpose.  Originally from Adel, Iowa, she has always really liked art.  She has been watching HGTV since she was about 7, because it interested her.  Watching HGTV started as a guilty pleasure, but has transformed into what she would like to do with her life — using her artistic talents to create impactful spaces for people to live, work, and be educated.  Interior Design is a form of art.  Kimberly will bring Interior Des

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