Extension and Outreach


As a land-grant institution, Iowa State University and the College of Human Sciences are dedicated to extending research to the people of our communities, state, nation, and world. We do this in a variety of ways, such as:

  • Programming from Iowa State University Extension
  • 4-H Youth Development
  • Community restoration
  • Community education
  • International outreach partnerships
  • Study abroad trips to the far regions of the globe

Our research starts in labs located in Ames, Iowa, but truly knows no boundaries, as alumni, students, faculty, and staff work the world over to bring improvements to people’s lives.


Curriculum and Instruction graduate students are working with area school children to improve their literacy and reading skills through the Fred Duffelmeyer Reading Clinic. This donor-supported center offers tutoring for the children who need it most, advancing their skills and improving their chances of academic success.


Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is the outreach arm of the College of Human Sciences. One of its hallmark programs, The Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14) was named the most effective program for decreasing the onset of drug and alcohol problems in youth out of 6,000prevention and intervention programs. The Pan American Health Organization and the United Nations has adapted SFP 10-14 for use in other countries.

Community engagement

On any given day, our students are working with members of society through internships at local retirement homes or the revitalization of a downtown community through the MainStreet Iowa initiative. Faculty members are teaching students the fundamentals of applying research concepts to different populations, with the outcome of enhancing lives and overcoming challenges.


Extension and Outreach News

Iowa State President Steven Leath talks to students at Moulton Extended Learning Center after first announcing the  ISU 4U Promise in 2013. File photo by Bob Elbert.Iowa State expands college opportunity through ISU 4U Promise

Iowa State University and the Des Moines Public Schools are working with families and neighborhood organizations to make college more accessible and affordable for students at King Elementary and Moulton Extended Learning Center.

Thanks to an anonymous endowed gift, Pamela White is the inaugural holder of the Dean\'s Chair in the College of Human Sciences.Anonymous donors establish endowed Dean’s Chair in the College of Human Sciences

An anonymous gift to the College of Human Sciences at Iowa State University will fund a new endowed Dean’s Chair. The gift will allow Pamela White, who will become the inaugural holder, unrestricted use of earnings toward the college’s priorities.

The PROSPER program developed at Iowa State University reduces substance abuse and other behavioral problems among youth. PROSPER is gaining momentum on a national scale. iStock photo.PROSPER youth program gains momentum for nationwide expansion

After 24 years of research, an Iowa State based youth program for healthy youth development is taking flight nationally as an innovative and effective system for creating positive societal change.

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Dr. Constance Beecher, an extension and outreach specialist in the School of Education, will work to increase school readiness in children in all of Iowa’s 99 counties. School of Education has a new extension and outreach specialist

Constance Beecher is dedicated to providing young children across Iowa with quality early learning experiences.

Kimberly Greder, an associate professor and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach family life specialist, says parental involvement, more than income or social status, is a predictor of student achievement. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.Iowa State specialist offers advice for school success

Students are back in school and now is the time for parents to develop routines to help their children succeed academically.

Nationally and internationally renowned experts are among new employees that join the College of Human Sciences. Photo by Wyeth Lynch. New hires bring international acclaim to College of Human Sciences

Nationally and internationally renowned experts are among 41 new employees joining the College of Human Sciences this fall — adding to the expertise the college already provides in expanding human potential and improving people’s lives.

Human Sciences Extension and Outreach is offering a program to better prepare child care professionals for retirement. Photo by Wyeth Lynch. Retirement planning important for child care professionals

Child care professionals often have difficulty envisioning a comfortable retirement because of self-employment, low wages or both. However it’s vital they include retirement planning in their financial planning, says Cindy Thompson, a family life and family finance program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

A ribbon cutting for the centerpiece of the MacKay Hall remodeling — the 214-seat Catherine J. MacKay Auditorium, built in 1926 and named after the longtime dean of home economics — will be held from 3-5 p.m. Oct. 9. The event will include self-guided tours, speakers, and refreshments. Photo by Wyeth Lynch.MacKay Hall remodeling ends, ribbon cutting scheduled

The dust and noise of the past 14 months will give way to shiny and bright, new and restored, state-of-the-art facilities when the remodeling of MacKay Hall on the Iowa State University campus wraps up this week.

Participants in Preserve the Taste of Summer learn how to safely pressure can green beans during a hands-on workshop in Council Bluffs. Contributed photo.Iowa State works to keep Iowans safe as interest in food preservation grows

As the price of food rises and interest in sustainable agriculture grows, consumers are finding increasing value and convenience in preserving foods. Iowa State University is working to make sure that those participating in the recent trend are staying safe.  

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    Darrin Vander Plas, a senior double-majoring in kinesiology and agronomy, has embraced study abroad and service learning opportunities at ISU to work in nations such as Uganda. Video »