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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 designed to enhance research opportunities for selected undergraduate students. 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

    Students selected for the Latham Fellows program will complete 2 courses, design and implement outreach projects, and participate in a year-end event that will highlight their achievements. 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.

      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,



      No Longer Accepting Applications for the 2023-2024 Academic Year
      (Application Period for 2024-2025 Academic Year will open in the Spring of 2024)