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.
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.