STEM Student Profiles

Read about University of Northern Iowa STEM majors.  Every student comes to their program with different experiences, resources, strengths, weaknesses, preconceptions, and goals.  Learn about their different backgrounds, paths, interests, and activities. Be inspired by these stories to find your own path!

Student Profiles



Lily Conrad, Environmental Science Major
Sometimes it takes just one event to change the course of someone’s future. According to Lily Conrad, this was definitely the case when it came to her education. Lily,...


Harris Taylor, Chemistry Major
Taylor describes herself as “a big science nerd all around.” She is interested in many aspects of science outside of her current field. In fact, she took one of her...


Marnie Hoerler, Statistics and Actuarial Science Major
Marnie Hoefler, sophomore and STEM ambassador, came to the University of Northern Iowa knowing exactly what she wanted to do. She declared her major as Statistics and...


Allison Williams, Textiles and Apparel Major
Allison Williams, a UNI STEM ambassador, is a senior in the Textiles and Apparel program at the University of Northern Iowa. However, she was not always looking at that...


Jaclyn Miller, Mathematics Education Major
In 3rd grade Jaclyn Miller decided that she wanted to be a teacher. “Many kids want to be teachers when they are little. Many grow out of this. I never did,” The...


Nicole Bishop, Chemistry Major
Undergraduate research has played a key role in the experience and success of University of Northern Iowa senior Nicole Bishop. For the past two years Nicole has worked...


Emma Shipley, Biochemistry major
Emma 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...


Athletic Training Students
From the first day of entering the Athletic Training program, students are learning through hands-on experiences in the classroom, labs, and clinical assignments. This...


Jordon Caruso, Textiles and Apparel Major
Jordan Caruso, UNI TAPP major, tests for shear, drape, and other properties using a new and unique machine to the lab, the MARK-10. UNI owns one of the first MARK-10...


Amy Hartwig, Technology Management Major
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,...


Zulema Argueta, Mathematics Teaching Major
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...


Sheriff Jorkeh, Computer Science Major
Students at the University of Northern Iowa are honing their skills to combat real-life cyber attacks, including Sheriff Jorkeh, a first generation college student and...

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