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  • A life-changing experience - Iowa State University
    efficiency review Employment Diversity Consumer information Athletics Cyclone athletics Sports schedules Tickets A life changing experience It s been a rocky road for Justyn Lewis But the graduating senior says his whole life has changed at Iowa State Now the political science major has set his sights on a noble goal Being elected governor Larger video Considering all Justyn has overcome to beat the odds and achieve his college degree his future aspirations should surprise no one Learning disabilities slowed Justyn down throughout his schooling in Des Moines Grades of D and F behavioral problems and special ed classes were commonplace But he worked hard to improve He persevered By his senior year at East High Justyn was earning As and Bs He was captain of the football and track teams And he wanted to attend Iowa State Even though his mother hadn t finished high school and his father attended trade school they instilled the importance of higher education in Justyn and his two younger siblings They just couldn t afford to pay their way So Justyn applied for scholarships His powerful essay about becoming a role model for the young black men in his community rather than a statistic caught up in the street life earned him a full tuition Multicultural Vision Program Scholarship at Iowa State College proved tough for Justyn His reading disability reemerged and he couldn t keep up with the reading assignments He spiraled down a bad path making poor choices landing on academic probation losing his scholarship Many students don t find their way back after hitting bottom But Justyn was determined With the support of his parents church and university family he got the academic help he needed and found the courage to succeed Not only did he return to school he

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  • A little help goes a long way - Iowa State University
    majors Students Sign ons services Academic support Schedule of classes University catalog Recreation services Student organizations Safety Info for Faculty staff Parents families Alumni Visitors Business industry Giving to ISU About ISU profile Extension outreach Information technology TIER efficiency review Employment Diversity Consumer information Athletics Cyclone athletics Sports schedules Tickets A little help goes a long way Derrick Rollins remembers that the transition to college wasn t easy He needed help to succeed in and out of the classroom It s something he s been paying back ever since Derrick uses his own college experiences to help make first year students studying chemical engineering feel like they belong That s why he s a mentor and has created several organizations like the Summer Program for Enhancing Engineering Development It s a program that works like an internship to prepare students for their freshman year This September Derrick was honored for helping students with a national Tau Beta Pi McDonald Mentor Award Marion and Capers W McDonald and the Tau Beta Pi association established this award in 2005 It recognizes an outstanding engineering educator or professional for helping in the development of their students and colleagues The professors at Iowa State go out of their way to help students feel a part of the community They believe it lets them reach their academic potential That s why you ll see professors starting organizations learning communities and mentoring students in classrooms and research laboratories Derrick is currently working with students to make their experience unforgettable and showing them that a little help can take them a long way into their future More information about Dr Rollins award PDF Sporting their adventure On their life s adventure together His adventure hits all the right notes Her adventure is making the world healthier Learning

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  • Building a sustainable future - Iowa State University
    Parents families Alumni Visitors Business industry Giving to ISU About ISU profile Extension outreach Information technology TIER efficiency review Employment Diversity Consumer information Athletics Cyclone athletics Sports schedules Tickets Building a sustainable future Imagine a day when the buildings that we work and live in actually generate more energy than they use It s not as far into the future as you might think thanks to the work of Ulrike Passe an assistant professor in architecture at Iowa State University Ulrike Passe has been researching the relationship between building science design and human behavior in existing structures in Iowa One structure she is working with is the Interlock House It s a solar powered home designed and constructed by Iowa State students to compete in the U S Department of Energy s 2009 Solar Decathlon The house successfully produced more energy than it used during the competition in Washington D C Afterwards it was reassembled by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in Honey Creek Resort State Park to help professors track and evaluate its performance in Iowa s climate Passe believes the information that has been gathered from the house could be a model of energy efficiency in Iowa and the world All over Iowa State University you ll find professors like Passe who are researching and developing world changing ideas Whether it s inventing a sewer pipe made of recycled plastic creating a new conductor of heat through spider silk or making buildings more energy efficient our professors are changing the world with their ideas So we won t have to imagine it We ll be living it More information about the Interlock House Ulrike Passe s current research is supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number EPS 1101284 More information Sporting their adventure

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  • Racing at the speed of light - Iowa State University
    of attendance Financial aid Request information Visit Academics Colleges departments Library Research Graduate programs Global programs Distance education Undergrad majors Students Sign ons services Academic support Schedule of classes University catalog Recreation services Student organizations Safety Info for Faculty staff Parents families Alumni Visitors Business industry Giving to ISU About ISU profile Extension outreach Information technology TIER efficiency review Employment Diversity Consumer information Athletics Cyclone athletics Sports schedules Tickets Racing at the speed of light How many tanks of gas does it take to drive from New York to Minnesota Exactly zero That is if you re an innovative Iowa State student And you drive a solar car built by a student club called Team PrISUm Team PrISUm brings students from majors all across the university including English journalism engineering computer science and design Together these dreamers design build and race solar cars This year their dedication and ingenuity helped Team PrISUm place second in the 1 650 mile American Solar Challenge It s the highest finish in the club s history That s the thing about Iowa State University We have clubs and organizations that are recognized as the best in the country giving our students an opportunity to explore their interests as well as meet fellow students who share their passions both on campus and all across the country The students in Team PrISUm are currently working on an even more efficient solar car proving that cars can travel across the country by fueling up on the sun s rays More information about Team PrISUm Sporting their adventure On their life s adventure together His adventure hits all the right notes Her adventure is making the world healthier Learning communities Adventuring together A real life business adventure Archives 2015 December 2015 August 2015 May 2015 February 2014 December

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  • Sliding into a career before graduation - Iowa State University
    Students Sign ons services Academic support Schedule of classes University catalog Recreation services Student organizations Safety Info for Faculty staff Parents families Alumni Visitors Business industry Giving to ISU About ISU profile Extension outreach Information technology TIER efficiency review Employment Diversity Consumer information Athletics Cyclone athletics Sports schedules Tickets Sliding into a career before graduation Todd Ramaeker came to Iowa State for one big reason He knew that if he worked hard in and out of the classroom any dream could become a reality So when he landed an internship at Deere and Company he made sure he made the most of every project John Deere recognized his hard work and enthusiasm and he was offered a full time job when he graduates My classes did a good job preparing me for this internship said Todd who s a double major in agricultural communications and agricultural studies My professors taught me that there s always something more that can be done a new idea that can be suggested and another way to get the job done At Iowa State our students are in high demand before and after they graduate Employers are frequently visiting campus to discover students through interviews and career fairs that are some of the largest in the nation That demand leads to a 93 percent placement rate of our students in a career or graduate school within six months of graduation Like hundreds of other seniors the closer Todd gets to graduation the more he s thankful for his internships cooperative opportunities and career fair participation Because he realizes Iowa State has prepared him to slide right into his next adventure life Sporting their adventure On their life s adventure together His adventure hits all the right notes Her adventure is making the world healthier Learning

    Original URL path: http://www.iastate.edu/stories/2012/11/careers (2016-04-29)
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  • The true meaning of 'comfort food' - Iowa State University
    Academics Colleges departments Library Research Graduate programs Global programs Distance education Undergrad majors Students Sign ons services Academic support Schedule of classes University catalog Recreation services Student organizations Safety Info for Faculty staff Parents families Alumni Visitors Business industry Giving to ISU About ISU profile Extension outreach Information technology TIER efficiency review Employment Diversity Consumer information Athletics Cyclone athletics Sports schedules Tickets The true meaning of comfort food Dietetics senior Kelly Wagner loves studying nutrition and deeply cares about children This dual passion turned her Iowa State honors project into a real life experience Blank Children s Hospital in Des Moines Iowa is going to give children undergoing cancer treatment her kid friendly cookbook to help with their dietary needs Kelly s Children s Cookbook During and After Cancer Treatment features nutritional recipes that are more than just tasty they also alleviate sore mouth lack of appetite and other ailments chemotherapy can cause Iowa State University encourages students like Kelly to explore their interests and make the world a better place Whether it s writing a cookbook researching with professors to turn algae into a new energy source or joining a club to build the next generation robot for NASA Iowa State students have a tradition of accomplishing amazing things Kelly is using this experience to help her become a clinical dietitian That way she can specialize in bringing a smile as well as some good food to kids in the hospital who need a little taste of normal More information on Iowa State s honors program More information on undergraduate research opportunities Sporting their adventure On their life s adventure together His adventure hits all the right notes Her adventure is making the world healthier Learning communities Adventuring together A real life business adventure Archives 2015 December 2015 August

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  • Changing the future of fuel - Iowa State University
    future of fuel What was once considered science fiction think Back to the Future now is reality Well almost They aren t stuffing wilted lettuce and banana peels into gas tanks but students with ISU BioBus are recycling waste vegetable oil from an Iowa State dining hall into biofuel to supplement the diesel fuel in a bus from Ames CyRide fleet ISU BioBus an entrepreneurial student organization created three years ago currently has about 100 members from all academic disciplines David Correll a Ph D candidate in the College of Business and one of the founders of ISU BioBus says the organization is a good fit for students concerned about the environment We re engaging students to reduce the carbon footprint of their own community Correll said From French fries to fuel Students meet twice each week to convert the vegetable oil into biofuel using a process called transesterification which permanently thins the vegetable oil They even built their own contraption the Super Sucker to retrieve the vegetable oil from the dining hall Fifty gallons of used vegetable oil yields about 50 gallons of biofuel It s hard to comprehend that standard vegetable oil which once cooked French fries and chicken strips can power a bus But it seems to works pretty well according to James Rendall maintenance coordinator at CyRide CyRide has been using fuel from BioBus since last spring Rendall said We haven t seen any issues arise due to the BioBus fuel So does the bus exhaust smell like French fries Yes it can Correll said It s not as noticeable in our case because the fuel is a blend Future looks bright ISU BioBus is in the process of developing a comprehensive business plan to increase the number of CyRide buses that use biofuel My hope

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  • Inspiring students with science - Iowa State University
    services Academic support Schedule of classes University catalog Recreation services Student organizations Safety Info for Faculty staff Parents families Alumni Visitors Business industry Giving to ISU About ISU profile Extension outreach Information technology TIER efficiency review Employment Diversity Consumer information Athletics Cyclone athletics Sports schedules Tickets Inspiring students with science I know you know the answers to this Paul Skrade recently told a Des Moines seventh grader who was diagraming the parts of corn kernel You re doing awesome today dude Skrade friendly chatty and energetic certainly knows his way around a science lesson He s an Iowa State University doctoral student studying ecology and evolutionary biology And he s a fellow of Symbi a program that places Iowa State graduate students in Des Moines middle and high school science classrooms Symbi is the only program of its kind in the state It s part of a National Science Foundation effort to put graduate students studying science technology engineering and math into K 12 classrooms The program s primary goal is to teach the graduate students how to communicate their science Another benefit is the chance to inspire school students and their teachers with the excitement and importance of science engineering and university research Tom Garrison an Iowa State doctoral student in chemistry who helps in high school science classrooms applauds the Symbi program for putting a face on science I never met an engineer until I went to go get an engineering degree Garrison said And I never really talked to a scientist until I went to college I think that s too late Read more about Iowa State s Symbi program in a Nov 1 news release Sporting their adventure On their life s adventure together His adventure hits all the right notes Her adventure is making the

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