The Dare to Discover campaign showcases researchers, scholars, and creators from across the University of Iowa. The campaign is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research.
Click on the student profiles to learn more about the personal stories behind the faces of discovery and creativity.

Chichi Adeleke

Chichi Adeleke

Analyzes genetic causes of clefts

D.D.S. student

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Vahid Eghbal Akhlaghi

Vahid Eghbal Akhlaghi

Creates models for disaster response

Ph.D. student, Business Analytics

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Alaa Albashayreh

Alaa Albashayreh

Promotes palliative care

Ph.D. student, Nursing

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Abdulsattar Alsaedi

Abdulsattar Alsaedi

Harnesses the sun for water treatment

Ph.D. student, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

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Md Fahim Anjum

Md Fahim Anjum

Builds algorithms to diagnose Parkinson's

Ph.D. student, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Moala Keshei Bannavti

Moala Keshei Bannavti

Measures air toxins in schools

Ph.D. student, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Emily Bronswick

Emily Bronswick

Highlights Black women's activism

Undergraduate student, History, Social Studies Education

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Emily Carroll

Emily Carroll

Develops new tools for diabetics

Undergraduate student, Chemistry

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Xinwei Chen

Xinwei Chen

Enhances same-day delivery services

Ph.D. student, Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences

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Laura Canelo Cohen

Laura Canelo Cohen

Enhances remote music lessons

Doctor of Musical Arts student

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Joseph Coll

Joseph Coll

Investigates access to the ballot box

Ph.D. student, Political Science

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Geoff Collins

Geoff Collins

Deciphers second language acquisition

Undergraduate student, Spanish, Computer Science, and Biochemistry

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Rachel Crawford

Rachel Crawford

Uncovers biomarkers for Parkinson's

Ph.D. student, Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry

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Kelsey Dawes

Kelsey Dawes

Revolutionizes personalized telemedicine

Ph.D. student, Molecular Medicine

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Benjamin De Corte

Benjamin De Corte

Uncovers passing of time in the brain

Ph.D. student, Neuroscience

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Abbigail Denner

Abbigail Denner

Dissects diplomacy that ends wars

Undergraduate student, International Relations

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Gonzalo Ferrada

Gonzalo Ferrada

Designs atmospheric models of smoke

Ph.D. student, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

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Hadley Galbraith

Hadley Galbraith

Analyzes memory in movement

Ph.D. student, French & Francophone World Studies

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Crystal Garcia-Auguste

Crystal Garcia-Auguste

Examines disparities during COVID-19

Ph.D. student, Epidemiology

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Nyema M. Harmon

Nyema M. Harmon

Illuminates cancer cells

Ph.D. student, Chemistry

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Chelsea Hicks

Chelsea Hicks

Analyzes disasters and violence

Ph.D. student, Occupational and Environmental Health

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Rielle Jones-Teske

Rielle Jones-Teske

Rewinds life of Renaissance painter

Undergraduate student, Art History

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Erik Jorgensen

Erik Jorgensen

Evaluates hearing aid performance

Ph.D. student, Speech and Hearing Science

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Jaya Joseph

Jaya Joseph

Studies the Earth's magnetosphere

Ph.D. student, Physics and Astronomy

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Hannah Klaassen

Hannah Klaassen

Improves dental patient satisfaction

D.D.S. student

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Mason Koelm

Mason Koelm

Returns Native American artifacts

Undergraduate student, International Relations and Criminology, Law, and Justice

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Alex Lange

Alex Lange

Enriches trans student experiences

Ph.D. student, Higher Education and Student Affairs

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Camille Leclère-Gregory

Camille Leclère-Gregory

Explores gender in French theater

Ph.D. student, French and Francophone World Studies

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Ayako Nakano

Ayako Nakano

Examines unconstitutionality of homelessness discrimination

J.D. student

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Dustin Northrup

Dustin Northrup

Creates models of ancient rivers

Ph.D. student, Geology

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Felix Pabon-Rodriguez

Felix Pabon-Rodriguez

Models immune responses

Ph.D. student, Biostatistics

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Stacey Peek

Stacey Peek

Sheds light on cell death

Ph.D. student, Neuroscience

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Stephanie Peterson

Stephanie Peterson

Connects diet with the microbiome

Ph.D. student, Immunology

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Inga Popovaite

Inga Popovaite

Imagines Life on Mars

Ph.D. student, Sociology

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Bianca Robles-Muñoz

Bianca Robles-Muñoz

Examines bilingualism and equity

Undergraduate student, Speech and Hearing Sciences

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Kawther Rouabhi

Kawther Rouabhi

Uses A.I. to explore space

Undergraduate student, Computer Science and Engineering

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Juliana Danesi Ruiz

Juliana Danesi Ruiz

Makes robots smarter

Undergraduate student, Mechanical Engineering

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Sanjib Saha

Sanjib Saha

Designs therapies for eye diseases

Ph.D. student, Pharmaceutics and Drug Design

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Cathy Schwartz

Cathy Schwartz

Evaluates circulation health

Ph.D. student, Nursing

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Hannah Shrader

Hannah Shrader

Improves outcomes for pancreatic cancer

Undergraduate student, Biochemistry and Medical Anthropology

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Emily Silich

Emily Silich

Observes supernova remnants

Undergraduate student, Physics and Astronomy

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Adelheid Bethanny Sudibyo

Adelheid Bethanny Sudibyo

Studies the Spanish Philippines

Ph.D. student, Spanish and Portuguese

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Rebecca Swanson

Rebecca Swanson

Explores music education in prison

Undergraduate student, Music Education, Organ Performance

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Hanxi Tang

Hanxi Tang

Studies parent-child conversations

Undergraduate student, Biology

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Brant Walker

Brant Walker

Tracks environmental impacts on health

Undergraduate student, Mathematics, Economics

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Mengya Wang

Mengya Wang

Uncovers the root of migraine

Ph.D. student, Neuroscience and Pharmacology

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Caitlin Ward

Caitlin Ward

Models transmission of infectious disease

Ph.D. student, Biostatistics

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Elizabeth Watters

Elizabeth Watters

Fosters resilience after childhood trauma

Ph.D. student, Couple & Family Therapy

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Rion Wendland

Rion Wendland

Creates biomaterials to restore vision

Ph.D. student, Biomedical Engineering

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Noah Wick

Noah Wick

Investigates HIV prevention methods

Undergraduate student, Public Health and Pre-Med

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Jirong Yi

Jirong Yi

Advances rapid COVID-19 testing

Ph.D. student, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Zhuoning Yuan

Zhuoning Yuan

Improves diagnoses with machine learning

Ph.D. student, Computer Science

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