The objective of the Rural Scholars Research Program centers on enhancing the advanced educational and research experiences for first-year undergraduate students from rural communities. Participants get hands-on experience in chemistry research, are mentored in developing and leading science service events in their home towns (including public forums, demonstrations, and other outreach events), and they develop a deeper understanding of the scientific process in bi-weekly, small group meetings with faculty. This program is supported by University of Iowa Honors Program, the Belin Blank Center, and the University's Office of Admissions. With their support, the Rural Scholars Research Program recruits additional rural students to the sciences, improves research experiences of undergraduates, and provides mentoring experiences for graduate students.

Rural Scholars, Fall 2017
Morgan Van Zante, Catia Atienza, and Kinsey Gudenkauf



Emily Jester
Emily Jester
Interested in medical research involving vaccinations and diseases

Meagan Woodard
Meagan Woodard - Investigating 
wetting properties of modified surfaces
Katie Mortenson
Katie Mortenson - Researching environmental interfaces
and remediation efforts
Parker Eller
Parker Eller - Interested in oleophobic
surfaces and GMOs