Honors Outreach Ambassadors share about their Honors Program experience with prospective students and their families. To get personalized answers to your questions, reach out to one of the ambassadors at the contact info provided below or email honors-program@uiowa.edu with a request to talk with an ambassador; Honors staff will connect you with a peer mentor whose experiences match your interests. If you prefer a face-to-face meeting via Zoom, let us know! We have experiences and knowledge to share and want to help!

Read their "Dear Prospective Student" letters below for thoughts on choosing a university in the era of social distancing.

Andrew Dupont

Andrew Dupont

he/him/his

I am a first-year student at the University of Iowa studying as an Actuarial Science major with a Business Administration minor and a Risk Management and Insurance Certificate. I have been in the Honors Program since the fall of 2020, and I became an Honors Outreach Ambassador in the winter. I have been involved with Honors Coursework including a first-year seminar on meteors, giving me the opportunity to meet a multitude of new people and a teacher that I would never have met otherwise. I am and plan to be increasingly more involved with organizations on campus as the year goes on! When not doing schoolwork, I will be at the gym, listening to music, playing/watching sports, playing cards, or other dumb things with my friends.

Feel free to ask me anything about student life, classes, the Honors Program, or any other things you can think of! Contact me: andrew-dupont@uiowa.edu

Dear Prospective Student - From Andrew

 


Erin Bughman

Erin Bughman

she/her/hers

Hi there! My name is Erin and I am a first-year open major. I am interested in psychology and journalism and am hoping to declare a major in one of these fields soon. This is my first semester as an Honors Outreach Ambassador, and I am excited for this Honors experience as a leader. In addition to being an ambassador, I also currently write for Honors Publications where I will explore my interest in writing and journalism. Outside of class I love embroidering, scrolling through Pinterest, and making oddly specific Spotify playlists.

Contact Me: erin-bughman@uiowa.edu

Dear Prospective Student - From Erin

 

 

 

 


Ian Smith

Ian Smith

he/him/his

Hello! My name is Ian Smith and I am a sophomore majoring in Chemistry (BA) along a pre-medicine track. I have been a part of the Honors Program since my freshman year where I also lived in Daum.

Being involved with the Honors Program has allowed me to make many connections and friendships with students and faculty from various backgrounds and experiences. Outside of academics, I enjoy volunteering with both the Mobile Clinic and Upstream Clinic at the university. I am also involved in Medicus, the Minority Association of Pre-med Students (MAPS), and the tennis club. In my free time I love reading fantasy books, watching the Dallas Cowboys, playing tennis, and attending events on campus.

Contact me with any questions and I’ll be happy to help. Ian-Smith-1@uiowa.edu

Dear Prospective Student - From Ian

 

 

 


Jivan Koneru

Jivan Koneru

he/him/his

Hi! My name is Jivan, and I’m a second year student at the University of Iowa studying Biology. This is my first semester as an Outreach Ambassador, but I have been a part of the Honors Program since my first year on campus. I love the Honors Program because it allows me to meet new people and pursue my academic interests. On campus, I’m mainly involved in research and volunteering, and in my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, watching football and basketball (go Hawks!), and spending time outside. You can ask me about getting involved in research, fun things to do on campus, and what it’s like being in the Honors Program. Feel free to contact me at jivan-koneru@uiowa.edu!

Dear Prospsective Student - From Jivan

 

 

 


Mackenzie Anderson

Mackenzie Anderson

she/her/hers

Mackenzie is a sophomore at the University of Iowa studying Health and Human Physiology with a B.A. in Health Promotion as well as being on the Physician's Assistant track. She attended Honors Primetime as a freshman, lived in Daum Residence Hall, and has been involved with the program ever since with this being her first semester as an Honors Outreach Ambassador. While her major keeps her very busy, she is also a peer-mentor within Health and Human Physiology club, Executive Assistant of Kappa Alpha Theta, and works in the UI Hospital as an EKG technician. In her free time she likes to run, workout at the rec center, spend time outside, and make way too many trips to Starbucks.

Reach out about sorority life and school balance, how to get involved, surviving your first year of college, and anything healthcare related! Contact me: mackenzie-anderson@uiowa.edu

Dear Prospective Student - From Mackenzie

 


Madisyn Grever

Madisyn Grever

she/her/hers

Hi! I am a third-year student originally from Sycamore, Illinois. I am majoring in Health and Human Physiology on the Health Studies Track and minoring in Psychology. I am planning to complete a master's degree in nursing after I graduate. I have been involved in the Honors Program at the University of Iowa since my freshman year and this is my first year as an Ambassador. I have participated in some awesome Honors Experiential Learning activities including an internship at a rehabilitation center and a virtual study abroad program. The virtual study abroad was an International Medicine course where we zoomed into a Dominican Republic hospital to shadow the doctors. It was an amazing experience. Outside of the Honors Program I volunteer at the University of Iowa’s hospital and I am an International Student Orientation leader. I have been involved in numerous organizations such as Medicus, Device Advice, and the Running Club. Please reach out if you want to know more about Honors, study abroad, experiential learning or any other questions about the University of Iowa.

Dear Prospective Student - Letter From Madisyn

 

 


Molly Harris

Molly Harris

she/her/hers

Hi! I am a sophomore studying Neuroscience with a Chemistry minor on the pre-med track. While this is my first year as an Honors Ambassador, I’ve had great experiences with honors since I was a freshman through the Presidential Scholars Program, Primetime, and first-year seminars. Outside of honors, I am a teaching intern for Learning about Learning, a GEAR UP Peer Mentor, and an On Iowa! leader. For my experiential learning credits, I hope to get involved in research and study abroad.

Contact me at molly-r-harris@uiowa.edu with any questions.

Dear Prospective Student - From Molly

 

 

 


Noelle Ossenkop

Noelle Ossenkop

she/her/hers

Hello! This is my 3rd year at the University of Iowa and I am studying Computer Science and Engineering. This is my 2nd semester as an Honors Outreach Ambassador but I have been involved in the Honors Program since my freshman year. Some highlights include meeting other honors students in my major through honors classes and moving to college a week before my freshman year to participate in Honors Primetime. Over the past few years I have had some memorable experiences at the University of Iowa such as doing undergraduate research and rowing for the University of Iowa Women’s Rowing Team. This semester I am working part-time as a Software Engineering Intern at Collins Aerospace following my 8-month full-time internship that I completed in early January. In my free time I love to be outside, watch Hawkeye sports, travel, and listen to podcasts.

Contact me at if you want to know about the best places to eat in the Iowa City area, what it’s like to be an engineering student, or if you have any questions about the Honors Program or University of Iowa in general! Email: noelle-ossenkop@uiowa.edu

Dear Prospective Student - From Noelle


Selveyah Gamblin

Selveyah Gamblin

she/her/hers

Hello! I am a second-year student from Peosta, Iowa. I am an Ethics and Public Policy major on the Pre-Law track, interested in advocacy, law and politics. I joined the Honors Program my third semester at Iowa and also became an Outreach Ambassador in her fourth semester. I joined the Honors Program because it offers students a wide variety of opportunities and learning experiences. I am also involved in Student Government. In my free time, I love to read, bake, and watch way too many movies on Netflix. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the Honors Program and all it has to offer!

Contact me: sgamblin@uiowa.edu

Dear Prospective Student - From Selveyah

 

 

 

 


Delaney McDowell

Delaney McDowell

she/her/hers

Delaney McDowell is a second-year student at the University of Iowa studying Human Physiology with a minor in Chemistry on the Pre-Medicine track. She has been working for the Honors Program since the Summer of 2019 as a Summer Ambassador and has been an Outreach Ambassador since. Honors has given her the ability to engage in studying abroad and undergraduate research. Delaney is involved in a plethora of other organizations on campus including Dance Marathon, Best Buddies, and UIHC Volunteering. In her free time, you can find her spending far too much money with online shopping or catching up on her favorite TV shows: Grey’s Anatomy and How I Met Your Mother.

Contact Me: delaney-mcdowell@uiowa.edu

Dear Prospective Student - From Delaney

 

 

 


Anna Luria

Anna Luria

she/her/hers

Anna is a first-year student from Tiffin, Iowa. She is a Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies major on the Pre-Medicine track, interested in advocacy and social work. Anna has been a member of the Honors Program since her first semester and has been an Honors Outreach Ambassador since her second semester. She is the Vice President of Social Events on the student board of Iowa Hillel, the Jewish student center. Anna is also involved in sorority and fraternity life and holds a leadership position in her sorority. In addition to her involvement in student organizations, Anna is a student employee through University Housing and Dining. In her free time, Anna is a major book worm and enjoys listening to podcasts and hanging out with her friends. If you see her on campus please say hello, she loves meeting new people!

You can contact her at annaluria-luria@uiowa.edu.

 

 

 

 


Allison Beckner

Allison Beckner

she/her/hers

I am majoring in Political Science and Ethics & Public Policy with a minor in History on the Pre-Law track. I am a first year student and my experience with the Honors Program thus far has been wonderful. The classes and other opportunities that the program provides have been quite beneficial to my education. Additionally, the community that exists within the Honors Program is very welcoming. Outside of classes and an on campus job, I am involved with Hawkeye Caucus. In my free time, I enjoy reading, trying new coffee shops, and spending time with friends. Ask me about on-campus employment, Hawkeye Caucus, and getting involved in student organizations!

Contact me at: allison-beckner@uiowa.edu

Dear Prospective Student - From Allison

 

 

 


Haley Lightfoot

Haley Lightfoot

she/her/hers

I am a second-year student at the University of Iowa studying Chemistry with a minor in physics. My experience with the honors program has been nothing short of exceptional. From Primetime, to my first-year seminar “Bringing Dinosaurs Back to Life”, to now being an Honors Outreach Ambassador, I have loved every minute of being in the honors program. Outside of the honors program I am involved in several different organizations on campus. These organizations include Delta Gamma Sorority, Salt Company, U-Iowa Running Club, and Women in STEM Ambassadors. 

Ask me about fraternity and sorority life, being a woman in STEM, or how to get involved with the honors program!

Contact me at haley-lightfoot@uiowa.edu

Dear Prospective Student - From Haley

 

 


Eden Conroy

Eden

Hi! My name is Eden and I am a second-year student and first year Honors Ambassador. I am from Naperville, Illinois and I am studying Psychology with minors in Human Relations and Music. On campus I am a part of Dance Marathon, Circle-K, and Active Minds. In my free time I enjoy watching movies, working out, and playing the cello. You can ask me about living at Daum Residence Hall, joining student organizations, and good study spots on campus!

Contact me at: eden-conroy@uiowa.edu

Dear Prospective Student - From Eden

 

 

 


Chi Glaha

Chi

she/her/hers

Chi Glaha is a third-year student at the University of Iowa studying Sociology with minors in psychology and criminology and certificates in public health and resilience and trauma. She has been involved with the honors program since her freshman year in college and became an Honors Outreach Ambassador since the Fall of 2020. Honors has given her the opportunity to engage with an introspective project over the Summer as well as connected her with a community that has helped her to navigate her way through being a first-generation student. Besides Honors, Chi is involved with a few other organizations such as Dance Marathon, Habitat for Humanity, the Council on the Status of Women, and was a UIHC volunteer. In her free time, you can find Chi binge-watching shows such as Criminal Minds, or Vampire Diaries.

Contact me: cglaha@uiowa.edu

Dear Prospective Student - From Chi

 

 


Joshua Hutton

Josh

he/him/his

I am a junior from Muscatine, Iowa, studying Human Physiology on a pre-medical track. I have been involved in the Honors program since my first week on campus. Elsewhere on campus I am involved in Medicus (the pre-medical group on campus), and I am on the club golf team. I love talking all things sports, my faith, good movies, and exciting world-solving ideas. If you have any questions about any of the things above or any other questions about the University of Iowa Honors program, feel free to contact me at Joshua-hutton@uiowa.edu!

Dear Prospective Student - From Joshua

 

 


Leighton Barnes

Leighton

she/her/hers

Hi! My name is Leighton Barnes and I am a first-year student at the university studying Chemistry on the Pre-Medicine Track. I’m currently involved in a number of on-campus activities such as the Success in Rhetoric program, Dance Marathon, Medicus (the pre-medicine club), and the University of Iowa KRUI radio station. In my free time, I love to listen to (and create) music, read a good book or two, and philosophize about the world around me with friends!

Contact Me: leighton-barnes@uiowa.edu

Dear Prospective Student - From Leighton

 

 

 


Morgan Miller

Morgan Miller

she/her/hers

Hi! I am a third-year student studying Human Physiology on the Pre-Med Track with a minor in Gender, Health, and Healthcare Equity. I also work at the University Hospital in the Radiology Department. I love the Honors Program because it provides a caring and inclusive environment to be myself and form a community within the larger University community. I'm also involved in the Health and Human Physiology Club, Global Health Club, and UIBio. When I'm not studying or at work, I like to paint, read, listen to podcasts, watch baseball, and look at pictures of my cat (not necessarily all at once). 

Ask me about being a woman in STEM, how to get involved on campus, the best places to sit at Hawkeye sporting events, cats, or my Ultimate Ranking of every Taylor Swift song.

You can contact me at morgan-e-miller@uiowa.edu.

Dear Prospective Student - From Morgan


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Lauren Rosenstock

she/her/hers

Hi, my name is Lauren! I’m originally from Madison, WI. I'm a second-year student at the University of Iowa. I’m a first-year HOA, but I have been a part of the honors program since my first-year. I am majoring in Biomedical Sciences Pre-Med with minors in Chemistry and Art. I love the honors program because it offers so many amazing opportunities for its students, and it brought me some of my best friends! I am also a part of UIBIO, WISA, the Presidential Scholars Program, honors research, and much more. I love being outside (studying on the Pentacrest is the best), working out, and spending time with my friends. I also love getting out of my room to study so if you need a study spot recommendation don’t be afraid to reach out.

Contact me if you too are an out of state student, are looking to get involved in clubs or honors research, want to know the prettiest places in Iowa City, or have any questions at all! Always feel free to reach out! Contact me via email: Lauren-Rosenstock@uiowa.edu


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David Roth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Katie Westbrook

Katherine Westbrook

she/her/hers

Katherine D. Westbrook is a first-generation student and current junior at the University of Iowa, studying Communication Sciences and Disorders, with a minor in American Sign Language. She was accepted into the Honors Program upon arriving to Iowa and has been able to find a passion working towards her career in Speech and Hearing Sciences because of her first-year honors experience in a class about communication disorders in cinema. This is her first semester participating as a Honors Ambassador. In her free time, she volunteers in the Adult Acute Care unit of the UI Hospital, plays club softball for UI, and travels across the country to see her family and friends as often as possible.

To find more information regarding resources on campus, campus involvement, or anything regarding the honors program, feel free to contact Katherine at katherine-westbrook@uiowa.edu. Go Hawks!

 

 


Madison Yauslin

Madison Yauslin