The following students have been selected for the 2015 Obermann Graduate Institute. As Obermann Graduate Fellows, they will participate in a one-week intensive institute exploring how to combine public engagement with their research and teaching. The Institute, now in its ninth year, is co-directed by Barbara Eckstein (English, CLAS) and Craig Just (Civil and Environmental Engineering), with assistance from Senior Graduate Fellow Emily Kroska (Psychology, CLAS). 

During the week, participants discuss theories of engagement and meet with experts, including former Obermann Graduate Fellows, faculty members, UI administrators, and potential community partners. They participate in a site visit -- usually a community space that has collaborated with UI partners and that can suggest how to organize a successful partnership. They also develop their own engaged project, which they present in draft form at the end of the Institute and then again in a public forum of their choice. 

  • Amanda Ward – Pscyhology, CLAS
  • Andrew Nelson, Interdisciplinary Human Toxicology, Graduate College
  • Anna Swanson, Cinematic Arts, CLAS
  • Carla Gonzalez, Education Leadership and Policy, College of Education
  • Cathryn Lucas-Carr, American Studies, CLAS
  • Cristina Munoz, Geography, CLAS
  • Heather Draxl, Language, Literacy, and Culture, College of Education
  • Jessica Pleyel, Studio Art, Art & Art History, CLAS
  • Kalmia Strong – School of Library and Information Science and Center for the Book, Graduate College
  • Katherine Wetzel, English, CLAS
  • Marie Kim – Interdisciplinary Program in Immunology, Graduate College and Carver College of Medicine
  • Melissa Gilbert, Theatre Arts, CLAS
  • Natalie Luna-Renek – Anthropology, CLAS
  • Peggy Valdes – Higher Education and Student Affairs, College of Education
  • Robert Hart, Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Stefan Schoberlein, English, CLAS
  • Steven Rippentrop, Health Management, College of Public Health
  • Tariq Ghazal, Dental Public Health, Preventive and Community Dentistry, College of Dentistry