Honors Outreach Ambassadors

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


Hannah Altman


Hannah is a senior with a Political Science and Social Justice double major on the pre-law track. Next year she will be attending the University of Iowa College of Law! Hannah has been involved in the honors program since 2016, she lived in Daum honors house, and has been an honors outreach ambassador since 2018. For her experiential learning, Hannah has had an internship with the City of Chicago Department of Buildings, Elevators Bureau, has done research with professor Brian Lai on anti-terrorist legislation, and has done research abroad in Dublin, Ireland. Feel free to ask her about non-STEM research, law school, pre-law, and the general honors experience!

Dear Prospective Student - From Hannah


Evan Lemker


I am a freshman at the University of Iowa majoring in Computer Science and Engineering, with a minor in Business Administration. On campus, I’m a member of the Engineering Student Council, the Tippie Technology and Innovation Association, the Tippie Business Honor Society, and a few other clubs focusing on computing and technology. In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball, watching movies, playing video games, and finding new things to do with my friends on campus. This year I’m looking forward to my summer internship with HyVee and living with my friends off campus. Feel free to ask me about living in Daum, getting involved in intramural sports, and any other questions you may have! 

Contact Me: evan-lemker@uiowa.edu

Dear Prospective Student - From Evan

AJ Pearl

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.


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


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