Laura Kowalski-Bliss

Administrative Services Coordinator

I'm originally from Schaumburg, Illinois (a Chicago suburb) and my family moved out to Ely, Iowa in 2012.  I love living in a small town that is only 30 minutes away from Cedar Rapids or Iowa City.  I find that I only miss three things from the Chicago area - my family, the Chicago museums and food!!!


I was a 1st Gen student and earned my BS degree in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.  My career has taken several paths over the years, alternating between marketing/database analysis, higher education and raising two children.  Throughout it all I have discovered two truths about myself.  I know that I love to help young people grow and I love to dig through information looking for insight into different ways to solve problems.  I am especially drawn those experiencing extra challenges or who don’t fit traditional expectations.  I take great pride in finding ways to remove barriers and provide support, especially when it is not the typical or expected solution.

I joined the Iowa Sciences Academy (ISA) team in 2019 working with underrepresented and marginalized students pursuing careers in research.  I love working with our students and helping them navigate their experiences as undergraduate researchers!  In the Spring of 2022 I started splitting my time between ISA and Iowa Center for Research for Undergraduates (ICRU).  I also recently started working on my Masters Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs.  

In my personal life -  I love keeping up with my two children (one at Iowa and one at Iowa State), playing with my pups and camping.  When I get the opportunity you can find me creating art-jewelry, taking glass-blowing classes or basically anything that allows me to use fire (safely of course).  


Fall 2022
The following hours are open for drop-in visits. No appointment needed. If you need a different time or need to speak about a private matter, please email to schedule an individual meeting. 

Wednesdays: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Laura Kowalski-Bliss

169 Biology Building (BB)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States