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.

Ebenezer Olamiposi Adeyemi

Ebenezer Olamiposi Adeyemi

Studies global health disparities

Ph.D. student, Anthropology

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Hend Al-Kaylani

Hend Al-Kaylani

Improves life after cancer

Undergraduate student, Biomedical Sciences

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Aysheh Alrfooh

Aysheh Alrfooh

Seeks DNA origins of disease

Ph.D. student, Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Dherya Bahl

Dherya Bahl

Improves drug delivery

Ph.D. student, Pharmaceutics

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Austin Beattie

Austin Beattie

Uses AI for social support

Ph.D. student, Communication

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Dana Bohan

Dana Bohan

Reveals how viruses enter cells

Ph.D. student, Immunology

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Calvin Carter

Calvin Carter

Bioengineers wearables for diabetes

PhD, Neuroscience—Postdoctoral Fellow

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Kayla Carter

Kayla Carter

Analyzes farmland biodiversity

Undergraduate student, Global Health Studies, African American Studies

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Spencer Cooper-Ohm

Spencer Cooper-Ohm

Tracks the opioid epidemic

Undergraduate student, English, Economics

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Valeria Cota

Valeria Cota

Improves wound healing

Ph.D. student, Human Toxicology

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Mary Beth Hovda Davis

Mary Beth Hovda Davis

Improves central line care

Ph.D. student, Nursing

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Joshua Doucette

Joshua Doucette

Searches for dark matter

Undergraduate student, Physics and Astronomy, Mathematics

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Angel Luis Figueroa-Rosado

Angel Luis Figueroa-Rosado

Addresses math anxiety

Ph.D. student, Mathematics Education; M.A., Educational Measurement & Statistics

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Roland Koku Gamia

Roland Koku Gamia

Explores early African feminism

Ph.D. student, French and Francophone World Studies

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Reina Glandon

Reina Glandon

Boosts kids' mental health care

Doctor of Nursing Practice student

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Lindsey Allemang Goldberg

Lindsey Allemang Goldberg

Researches women at war

Ph.D. student, Political Science

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Lex Gómez

Lex Gómez

Studies brain development

Ph.D. student, Neuroscience

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Shantelle Graff

Shantelle Graff

Maps the brain

Undergraduate Student, Neuroscience

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Alexis Graves

Alexis Graves

Drives COVID-19 research

Ph.D. student, Informatics

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Hussam Habib

Hussam Habib

Examines online radicalization

Ph.D. student, Computer Science

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Ben Hinz

Ben Hinz

Discovers genetic mutations

Undergraduate student, Biomedical Engineering

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Isaac Hooley

Isaac Hooley

Implements rural telehealth

Postdoctoral Fellow, Counseling Psychology in Psychological and Quantitative Foundations

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Jue Hu

Jue Hu

Develops materials for bone regeneration

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Lindsay Jarratt

Lindsay Jarratt

Illuminates refugee experiences

Ph.D. student, Educational Policy & Leadership Studies

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Melissa Jay

Melissa Jay

Tracks cancer across geography

Ph.D. student, Biostatistics

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Emma Jewell

Emma Jewell

Examines representations of reproductive care

Undergraduate student, German and Communication Studies

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Hardik Kalra

Hardik Kalra

Develops innovative diagnostic tools

M.A. student, Human Physiology

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Vijayvardhan Kamalumpundi

Vijayvardhan Kamalumpundi

Studies COVID-19 comorbidities

M.D. student

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Hae Sun Kim

Hae Sun Kim

Enhances music therapy education

Ph.D. student, Music Therapy

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Sheps King-McAlpin

Sheps King-McAlpin

Explores insulin signaling

M.D./Ph.D. student

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Saul Ocampo Landa

Saul Ocampo Landa

Sheds light on muscular dystrophy

Undergraduate student, Biomedical sciences

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Ivy Lenane-Jewell

Ivy Lenane-Jewell

Prepares museum specimens

Undergraduate student, Ceramics

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Janiece Maddox

Janiece Maddox

Creates ceramic sculpture

Undergraduate student, Ceramics

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Adriana Maldonado

Adriana Maldonado

Reduces Latinx disparities

Ph.D. student, Community and Behavioral Health

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Alfonso Martinez

Alfonso Martinez

Detects bias in tests

Ph.D. student, Educational Measurement and Statistics

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Nate Massa

Nate Massa

Measures hazardous aerosols

Undergraduate student, Chemical Engineering

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Krishna Nukala

Krishna Nukala

Links immunity to seizures

Ph.D. student, Integrated Biology

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Maddie Pallardy

Maddie Pallardy

Promotes workplace harmony

Undergraduate student, Management

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Krishna Kumar Patel

Krishna Kumar Patel

Stops opioid overdoses

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Laura Perry

Laura Perry

Reimagines graduate education

Postdoctoral Scholar for the Humanities

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Sarah Powell

Sarah Powell

Explores crowdsourced deliveries

Ph.D. student, Business Analytics

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Panithi Saktrakulkla

Panithi Saktrakulkla

Detects dangerous pollutants

Ph.D. student, Human Toxicology

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Jacob Sindt

Jacob Sindt

Engineers sensors for pollutants

Undergraduate student, Electrical Engineering

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Brendan Smith

Brendan Smith

Dissects constitutional law

J.D. student

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Regan Smock

Regan Smock

Assesses sexual assault prevention

Undergraduate student, Sociology

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Emily Steinbach

Emily Steinbach

Works to prevent kidney disease

Ph.D. student, Biomedical Sciences

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Laura Stephens

Laura Stephens

Engineers nanoparticle vaccines

Ph.D. student, Immunology

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Ayah Taha

Ayah Taha

Explores vaccination barriers

Doctor of Pharmacy / MPH student

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Mariana Tejeda

Mariana Tejeda

Transcends borders through art

M.F.A student, Creative Writing

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Joshua-Michael Tomiyama

Joshua-Michael Tomiyama

Predicts student success

Ph.D. student, Biostatistics

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Radha Velamuri

Radha Velamuri

Investigates stress resilience

Undergraduate student, Biomedical Sciences; M.P.H., Epidemiology

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Di Wang

Di Wang

Tracks emphysema progression

Ph.D. student, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Laura Weiler

Laura Weiler

Explores A.I. for chemistry

Undergraduate student, Physics, Computer Science

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Grace Williamson

Grace Williamson

Designs wound therapies

Undergraduate student, Biomedical Engineering

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Sydney Woods

Sydney Woods

Enhances oral health

D.D.S. student

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Caryn Yip

Caryn Yip

Measures effects of climate change

Ph.D. student, Occupational and Environmental Health

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