Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Seventeen UI graduate students from across campus, representing four different colleges, have been selected for the seventh annual Obermann Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy. This year's co-directors, Craig Just (Civil & Environmental Engineering) and Jennifer Kayle (Dance), and Senior Graduate Fellows Anna Swanson (Cinematic Arts and Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies) and Jessica Pleyel (Art & Art History) will lead the week-long program from January 11-15, 2016.

The Institute offers a competitively selected group of UI graduate students an opportunity to explore how civic engagement can enhance teaching, research, and creative work. It is also a rare opportunity for students to share ideas and experiences with peers they would not otherwise meet.

The 2016 Graduate Institute Fellows:

  • David De La Torre, History
  • Diane Williams, American Studies and Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies
  • Heidi Renee Aijala, English
  • Rebekah Chappell, Dance
  • Arianna Rigon, Neuroscience
  • Gwendolyn Gillson, Religious Studies
  • Jeremy Williams, Education
  • Kelly Grogg, School of Library & Information Sciences
  • Mohanad Nada, Immunology
  • Ella Von Holtum, School of Library & Information Sciences
  • Emily Climer, Dance
  • Heather Wacha, History
  • Bailey Kelly, Communication Studies
  • Ruth Bryant, Center for the Book
  • Keva Fawkes, School of Art & Art History
  • Mary Nyaema, Education
  • Rachel Winter, Religious Studies