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

Drew

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

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

 

 


Eva Donnelly

Eva

She/her/hers

I am currently a second-year student at the University of Iowa studying Global Health with a double minor in American Sign Language and Physical Activity & Health. I have been apart of the Honor’s Program since my first-year, and recently became an Honor’s Ambassador.

Since joining the Honor’s Program, I took part in Primetime, lived in Daum, completed my first-year seminar, and worked towards fulfilling my experiential learning. On campus, I am a member of the Global Health Club & ASL Club, an assistant researcher at Exercise is Medicine Lab, and a volunteer with Monsoon. I love to walk around City Park with friends, travel, watch movies, and bake!

Feel free to contact me for any questions about the University of Iowa Honor’s Program at eva-donnelly@uiowa.edu.

Dear Prospective Student - From Eva

 

 


Haley Stessman

Haley

she/her/hers

Hello! My name is Haley Stessman and I am majoring in Business Analytics with minors in Sport & Recreation Management and Spanish, on the Pre-Law track. I am a second year student and this is my first year as an Honors Outreach Ambassador. I am thrilled to be able to share about my experience in Honors so far – especially about how it has given me opportunities to thrive individually, as well as, garner a smaller community of like-minded students on campus. Aside from the Honors Community I am also involved in Greek Life on Campus, serving as Alpha Chi Omega’s VP of Intellectual Development and am a Iowa Baseball Data Analyst Manager. In my free time I love exploring new coffee shops and exercising!

I would love either a casual or more formal conversation about all things Honors, the difficult transition to college, or sports! Feel free to reach out to me via email at haley-stessman@uiowa.edu

Dear Prospective Student - From Haley


Ian Smith

Ian

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

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

 

 

 


Katie Kustes

Katie

she/her/hers

Hi! My name is Katie and I’m a sophomore from Bettendorf, Iowa. I am studying Social Work with a minor in Rhetoric & Persuasion and Political Science, with a certificate in Trauma-Informed Perspectives. I intend to pursue a law degree after graduation. This is my second year in the Honors Program and my first semester as an Outreach Ambassador!

Some of my favorite college experiences have been working as a psychiatric nursing assistant at UIHC, being a member of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, participating in Hawkeye Service Breaks, and being involved in an undergraduate research project. When I’m not working or studying, I love to watch crime documentaries, dive into a good book, or eat sushi.

Contact me: katherine-kustes@uiowa.edu

Dear Prospective Student - From Katie


Kim Lybrand

Kim

she/her/hers

Kim is a first-year student from Ashland, Missouri. She is studying Flute Performance and Journalism and Mass Communication. Kim has been an Honors Ambassador since the Spring of 2021. She is a member of Women in Business and plays in Symphony Band. You can ask Kim about music at Iowa, double majoring, living in Daum Residence Hall, Primetime, the Presidential Scholars Program, and contracting a course for Honors.

Contact: kimberly-lybrand@uiowa.edu

Dear Prospective Student - From Kim

 

 


Mackenzie Anderson

Mackenzie

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

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


Maria Hallenbeck

Maria

she/her/hers

Hi! I’m Maria Hallenbeck and I am a first-year student and first time Honors Outreach Ambassador. I am studying Finance and Mathematics with a Finance Specialization and an International Business certificate. I am a data analyst manager for the baseball team here at Iowa and would love to work in analytics for an MLB front office after college. I am a member of Women in Business and InvestHer through the Tippie College of Business as well. In my free time, I love to watch the Minnesota Twins, read, and hang out with my friends!

You can ask me about being a student manager for baseball, being a Tippie student, or how to get involved on campus at maria-hallenbeck@uiowa.edu!

Dear Prospective Student - From Maria


Molly Harris

Molly

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

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


Rabiah Na’Allah

Rabiah

she/her/hers

Rabiah Na’Allah is a first-year student at the University of Iowa studying Graphic Design with a minor in Cinema. This is her first semester as an Honors Outreach Ambassador, and she is so excited! She has met many amazing people in the Honors Program through her participation in Primetime and living in Daum residence hall. Rabiah is involved in various organizations on campus including the Muslim Student Association and African Student Association. When she is not working on school, you can find her doing photography, analyzing her favorite movies or binge-watching Criminal Minds.

Ask her about pursuing an Art major, being a minority student on campus, or how to get involved with the honors program!

Contact me at: rabiah-naallah@uiowa.edu

Dear Prospective Student - From Rabiah


Ryan McLerran

Ryan

he/him/his

My name is Ryan McLerran and I am a first-year student majoring in neuroscience and pollical science. I have been a member of the Honors Program since my first semester, and I started as an Honors Ambassador in my second semester. My favorite part of the Honors Program is all the exceptional opportunities to grow as an individual and as a student. My favorite activities include reading, playing in band and orchestra, and hanging out with friends.

Dear Prospective Student - From Ryan

 

 

 


Selveyah Gamblin

Selveyah

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


Veena Kappaganthu

Veena

she/her/hers

Hi! My name is Veena and I am a freshman majoring in Political Science and Vocal Performance. This is my first semester as an Honors Outreach Ambassador, but I’ve enjoyed the Honors experience I’ve gotten so far, including living in the Daum Residence Hall, Honors Primetime, and an Honors First Year Seminar. Additionally, I’m involved in the University Choir and Iowa Andhi. I love dancing, reading, traveling, cooking/baking, and spending time with friends and family.

Dear Prospective Student - From Veena

 

 

 


Delaney McDowell

Delaney

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

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.


Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth

she/her/hers

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

Allison

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


Josie Marchant 

Josie

she/her/hers 

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

Amy

she/her/hers

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

Haley

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

 

 

 


Minela Ikanovic

Minela

she/her/hers

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

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

 

 

 


Charles Mascardo

Charles

he/him/his

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

Satori

she/her/hers

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

she/her/hers

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

he/him/his

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

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

she/her/hers

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