Hear our students’ stories

Maria Perez

Maria Perez plans on helping others understand the psychological benefits of exercise after she graduates. In her free time, she enjoys playing racquetball, taking her dog on walks, reading, cooking, going to farmers' markets, and getting dinner and drinks with friends.

Dyese Matthews

Dyese Matthews plans on become an apparel professor and entrepreneur. When she isn't studying, she enjoys watching HGTV, talking to her mom, sleeping, and doing Zumba.

Kelsey Best

Kelsey Best plans on working in the golf industry and planning major tournaments. When she isn't focused on schoolwork, Kelsey is involved in her sorority and communication studies club. 

Lydia Granahan

Lydia Granahan plans to pursue a career in the music industry. When she isn't focused on schoolwork, Lydia is involved event management club and her sorority. 

Kathy Franco Torres

Kathy Franco Torres plans to attend medical school and become a neurosurgeon after graduating from Iowa State. When she isn't studying, Kathy enjoys cooking, baking, and tutoring.

Dawn Hales

Dawn Hales is a registered nurse earning her bachelor's of science degree in nursing (BSN) at Iowa State. When she isn't studying, Dawn enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.

Kiara Roberts

Kiara Roberts plans to work in research and development focusing on hunger relief after graduation. When she isn't studying, Kiara enjoys hanging out with friends and enjoying the outdoors.

Alicia Miltner

Alicia Miltner plans to work as a physician assistant after graduation. When she isn't studying or volunteering, Alicia enjoys being outdoors by hiking, swimming, playing frisbee, and running.

Maggie Hanneman

Maggie Hanneman plans to be an elementary school teacher after graduation. When she isn't studying, Maggie enjoys getting coffee around town and volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House in Des Moines. 

Allison Gress

Allison Gress is one of seven students who earned the 2019 Louise Rosenfeld Undergraduate Research Internship. She plans on being a lobbyist against child maltreatment.