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.

Delaney McDowell



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

AJ Pearl



Hi! I’m AJ and this is my second year at the University of Iowa and my first year as an honors ambassador. I’m currently studying chemistry on the pre-medicine track. Here on campus I’m involved with a research lab where I get to work with nanoparticles and uranium, and I’d love to talk to you about it as well as explain how I got involved with research! I also volunteer at the hospital in the orthopedic clinics.

Contact me at aidan-pearl@uiowa.edu if you have any questions about honors, the university, or anything else you’re curious about!

Dear Prospective Student - From AJ

Anna Luria



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.

Elizabeth Johnson



I am a Junior at the University of Iowa double-majoring in Creative Writing and French with a minor in Spanish. As a student, I have been involved with the Honors Program since my first day on campus and have been an Outreach Ambassador since August of 2018. I am involved in several organizations on campus, including as a player for the University of Iowa Women’s Club Soccer team, as editor-in-chief of The Foundationalist (an intercollegiate literary journal), as a writer for the newsletter of Phi Eta Sigma honors society, and as a buddy in Tippie International Buddies. In my free time, I like to travel, play pickup soccer, write, and hang out with my friends.

Ask me about studying abroad or travelling in general, double majoring, soccer, working as an Orientation Leader, or the writing community in Iowa City!

Contact me at elizabeth-b-johnson@uiowa.edu with any questions.

Dear Prospective Student - From Elizabeth

Allison Beckner



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

Josie Marchant 



Hi! I am a third year student originally from Minnesota. I am studying Therapeutic Recreation with a minor in Spanish and certificate in Disability Studies. I intend to attend Occupational Therapy school after graduation. I have been an Honors Outreach Ambassador since Spring of 2018 and this is my second semester being a Teaching Assistant for the program. I am involved in several organizations on campus such as Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity, Therapeutic Recreation Student Association, and other various volunteering opportunities. During the spring of 2019, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Sevilla, Spain. In my free time, I enjoy taking pictures, doing pottery, and traveling.

Ask me about studying abroad, the Minnesota Vikings (and/or our many failed attempts to win a Super Bowl), being an out of state student, and/or getting involved in the honors program!

Contact me: josephine-marchant@uiowa.edu

Amy Zine



I’m a sophomore majoring in Biology with a minor in Psychology. This is my first semester as an Honor’s Outreach Ambassador, but I’ve been involved with the Honors Program since my freshman year when I participated in Primetime. I’m a member of PSP through the Honors College as well as a dancer in Dance Marathon. When I’m not doing schoolwork, I enjoy hanging out with my friends, watching movies, and being outside.

Please reach out if you have any questions about anything honors-related or otherwise!

Dear Prospective Student - From Amy


Haley Lightfoot



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


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 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



Madison Rambo



I am a freshman at the University of Iowa studying Actuarial Sciences and Mathematics. I have been a member of the Honors Program since August 2019, and an Honors Outreach Ambassador since January. I love the Honors Program because of the connections it has given me, its leadership opportunities, and the Honors community. I hope to study abroad during my junior year and have summer internships! I am also involved in the Actuarial Science Club and my sorority, Delta Gamma. In my free time I like to work out, spend time with friends, go out to eat, explore Iowa City, and watch Netflix!

Dear Prospective Student - From Madison

Minela Ikanovic



Hello! My name is Minela Ikanovic and I am a sophomore majoring in Ethics & Public Policy with an emphasis in Economics, along with a second major in Philosophy and a minor in Rhetoric & Persuasion. By studying these topics, I am on the pre-law track where I plan to attend graduate school to continue learning about judicial sciences.

I have been involved in the Honors Program since my freshman year; I was involved with Primetime, living in the Honors dorm, and have done experiential learning through academic research with Professor Lai in political science. When I’m not busy studying or working, I like to hang out with my sorority sisters, volunteer with the on-campus pre-law society Phi Alpha Delta, attend student government meetings as a member of the Student Judicial Court, watch Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and talk about my cat!

Dear Prospective Student - From Minela

Joshua Hutton



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


Anushi Wijayagunaratne



I am a third-year student majoring in Biomedical Sciences with a Physical Activity and Nutrition Science minor. I was involved in genetics research through the Department of Biology for two years, and I currently volunteer at UIowa Hospitals and Clinics and the UIowa Mobile Clinic. Some of my favorite experiences on campus include being a Teaching Intern for Foundations of Biology, joining a choir through the UIowa Choral Department, being involved in Fraternity/ Sorority Life, and volunteering abroad through the Vida Volunteer program with a few of my friends I made through the Honors Program.

I enjoy running, discovering new music, attending concerts, traveling, and spending time with my Siamese cat named Leo in my free time. I also really value time at home with my family in West Des Moines, IA. Please feel free to reach out if you are interested in learning about opportunities as a pre-medicine student at UIowa or with any questions in general!

Dear Prospective Student - From Anushi

Kate Sondgrass



Hi! My name is Kate and I’m a freshman majoring in public health, computer science, and geography, with a minor in global health studies. This is my first semester as an honors outreach ambassador, but I’ve loved being more involved with the honors program (in addition to living in Daum Residence Hall, attending Honors Primetime, and taking a first-year seminar). For my experiential learning credits, I’m currently doing research with Dr. Watkins on polytobacco use in young adult populations. I’m also involved with the Immunity Campaign, UPHO (the undergraduate public health organization), dance marathon, and UIEC (the environmental coalition) on campus.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at kjsnodgrass@uiowa.edu!


Charles Mascardo



Major: Biomedical Engineering (Cellular Engineering & Pre-Medical Tracks); Minor: Mathematics

I am currently a third-year student at Iowa studying Biomedical Engineering on the Cellular Engineering and Pre-Medical Tracks. I’ve been involved with the Honors Program since the spring of 2018, during which time I have served as an Outreach Ambassador, an Orientation Ambassador, and a Peer Mentor. Outside of classes, I work as a Clinical Anesthesia Technician in the UIHC Main Operating Suite and serve as a Teaching Assistant for the engineering class Mechanics of Deformable Bodies. I was also involved in biomedical device research during my first three semesters at Iowa.

Ask me about getting involved in research, the engineering student experience, or what its like growing up in Iowa City! Student email: charles-mascardo@uiowa.edu

Dear Prospective Student - From Charles

Satori Good



Major: English & Creative Writing Minor: Ancient Civilizations

Satori is a junior from Lawrence, Kansas. She has been involved in the honors program since freshman year, participating in honors coursework, Honors Primetime, Honors Writing Fellows, service learning through the Iowa Youth Writing Project, and Honors Outreach Ambassadors. She works at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and serves as VP of Finance and Philanthropy for her sorority. In her free time, Satori likes to write, bake cookies, and play Dungeons and Dragons with her friends!

Contact me at: satori-good@uiowa.edu

Dear Prospective Student - From Satori

Klaudia Golebiewski



Klaudia Golebiewski is a junior at the University of Iowa majoring in Neuroscience on the pre-medicine track with a minor in Global Health Studies. She has been involved in the Honors Program since her first semester at Iowa and has been an Ambassador since her second! She is also the president of the Emergency Medical Services Interest Organization, teaches CPR for Red Watch Band, volunteers at the hospital, and does research with Dr. Kai Hwang in neurocognitive dynamics. In her free time, she loves hiking, biking, and (embarrassingly) watching reality TV shows on Netflix! Feel free to ask her any questions about what it’s like being a neuroscience major, EMT, Honors Ambassador, or for the best hiking trails nearby! Her email is: klaudia-golebiewski@uiowa.edu

Dear Prospective Student - From Klaudia

Keith Brendes



Keith Brendes is a junior at the University of Iowa majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics on the pre-medicine track. He has been involved in the Honors program his entire time on campus and as an Honors Outreach Ambassador for the past two years. After his first year on campus, he worked as an Orientation Leader for incoming freshman at the University of Iowa and has since joined a breast cancer research laboratory in the department of surgery at the University of Iowa Hospital. In his time on campus, he has been involved in a social fraternity, UI Dance Marathon, Hawkeye Service Breaks, and volunteering at the hospital on top of academics. Transitioning to college can be challenging, so if you have any questions, please feel free to email him or any of the other ambassadors/staff with any questions!

Email: keith-brendes@uiowa.edu

Dear Prospective Student - From Keith

Leighton Barnes



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



Benjamin Pappas



I am a Sophomore at the University of Iowa majoring in Biomedical Sciences and minoring in both Chemistry and Psychology on the Pre-Medicine Track. This is my third semester being an Honors Outreach Ambassador since joining the Honors Program. In addition to my coursework, I also participate in organizations across campus such as Medicus (Pre-Med Society), University of Iowa Mobile Clinic, Iowa Neuroscience Club, Intramural Basketball, and Intramural Sand Volleyball. In my free time, I enjoy reading, working out, watching horror movies, hanging out with friends, discovering new sushi restaurants, and being outdoors. 

Contact Me: benjamin-pappas@uiowa.edu

Dear Prospective Student - From Benjamin

Morgan Miller



Major: Human Physiology B.S. on the Pre-Medicine Track

Hi! I am a first-year student and an Honors Outreach Ambassador. I have been involved with the Honors Program since before classes officially started when I attended my Primetime workshop. I love the Honors Program because it gives me a safe and caring environment to be myself and form a community within the larger University community. If I am not busy studying or in class, I like to spend time with my friends, paint, listen to podcasts, or watch Netflix. Ask me about living in Daum, being on the pre-medicine track, volunteering at the hospital, the best places to sit at Hawkeye sporting events, cats, and anything baseball related!

Contact me: morgan-e-miller@uiowa.edu

Dear Prospective Student - From Morgan