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Applications are now being accepted! The deadline has been extended to April 19, 2024! Scroll all the way down to apply!

(we will accept the required Letter of Recommendation after the 19th - don't let that stop you from applying before the deadline!)

Upcoming events:

Synthesis Journal Forum 
Thursday, April 18
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Van Allen Hall, Room 56 (LR2)

Learn about publishing your work related to science outreach and engagement in the student-led and edited digital journal Synthesis 

Latham Project Engage Showcase
Saturday, April 27
9:30 - 11:30 am
Kollros Auditorium (101 BBE)

Featuring undergraduate science outreach and engagement projects from the 2023-2024 Latham Fellows


The Latham Science Engagement Fellowship Program was established through the generous donation of Drs. Robert J. and Sue B. Latham, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The program is based in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) and is administered by the Iowa Sciences Academy. The program is designed to enhance research opportunities and strengthen science outreach communication skills for selected undergraduate students. 

Students selected for the Latham Fellows program will complete 2 courses ( 2 s.h. each - LATH:3000 in the Fall and LATH:3001 in the Spring), design and implement outreach projects, and participate in a year-end event that will highlight their achievements. At the completion of the program, students will receive a $500 fellowship stipend. 

More information about the program can be found under student benefits. You can also check out the Latham Project Archive, our digital journal called Synthesis, as well as Stem-o-sphere, a blog that is managed by Latham Fellows to read about current and past projects.

The Lathams hope their gift helps position students of high scientific and creative ability for significant graduate work.

“If our gift attracts and keeps talented undergraduates in the sciences, provides them with strong support systems and research opportunities, and prepares them for placement in the best graduate programs worldwide, we will be very pleased,”
Dr. Latham


What is public engagement and why is it important?

Science is prevalent in all facets of life. Through engagement, scientists and the public participate in discussions about the benefits and risks of the science and technology impacting our daily lives in order to address societal challenges (from AAAS,


In this application, students should be prepared to:

  • Answer two short essay questions on why they want to join the program (questions in application)
  • Attach a resume/CV
  • Attach a letter of recommendation. Update: We will accept letters of recommendation after the due date, as long as your application is submitted.
Applications are currently being accepted for the 2024-2025 academic year! Please check the Qualifications to Apply. The application deadline has been extended to April 19, 2024.