How do I make an appointment with the Director of Scholar Development (DSD)?

Any current University of Iowa undergraduates, alumni, or graduate students who wish to schedule a Scholar Development Conference (SDC) in preparation for an internal scholarship or national fellowship process can do so at

Please note:  It is not unusual for my schedule to be booked out for a week or more, so please plan accordingly. will take you to the list of my next available appointment times.

Response times during application seasons: In the months of January, February, March, September, and October, I am often in student conferences or committee meetings for more than six hours of the workday.  During these busy windows, please allow for two to three work days for a response to non-emergent inquiries and requests. 

In an emergency: If you have an emergent need or a time-sensitive question, I ask that you drop by Room 431 in the BHC or call my office at 319-335-1874 to let me know more about what is happening. Email is not an effective medium if you have a question or concern which must be addressed with me immediately.

What should I do to prepare for my conversation with the DSD?:

Students are expected to:

conduct a preliminary scholarship and fellowships search before their scheduled appointment to familiarize themselves with the range of opportunities available.  This will allow for a much more productive planning conversation.  For guidance on how to get started with this step, visit the "Conducting your search" section of our website.

update and share a resume or CV with the DSD at at least 24 hours prior to their scheduled conference.

consider their motivations.  Students often expect their initial conference to primarily focus on eligibility and application administration.  Applying for a fellowship - or any genuinely rewarding opportunity - requires reflection and honesty, so prospective applicants should be prepared to for some conversation about what is fueling their interest in fellowships, as well as their chosen discipline(s), current organizational and community relationships, and ideas about what they are open to doing after graduation

When are the DSD's Office Hours?

Due to increasing demand for individual appointments and the underutilization of drop-in availability, I am not currently holding office hours.  Instead, I invite students to make use of the extensive resources available on our website to refine their questions and build a list of opportunities they are most interested in exploring with me in conversation during scheduled one-on-one appointments.If none of the available appointment times are not manageable due to work schedules or other extenuating circumstances, do not hesitate to reach out to me by phone or email.  If it is necessary and possible to do so, I am willing to work with students to find a time to meet that works for both parties outside of my established SDC schedule.