Community Outreach and Enrichment

We strongly believe that engaging, supporting and enriching our academic and local communities not only enhance creativity, but also provide broader and important perspectives from different backgrounds. The Department is committed to the inclusion of faculty and trainees of all cultural experiences. Our goal is to cultivate a welcoming, supportive and collaborative culture for all members of the department.


September 17, 2023 - International Microorganism Day!



July 2023

Lab Olympics with Iowa First Nations Camp students



June 2023

Building (harmless) Viruses and Coding in the language of DNA at Iowa City Pride Fest!

protein coding at Pride Parade  making viruses at Pride Parade


May 2023

Celebrating Cinco de mayo and end of the spring semester by crocheting microbes!

microbe crocheting  microbe crocheters


April 2023

Lincoln Elementary STEAM fair

March 2023

Working with Seniors from Oelwein High School 

Oelwein HS Micro


Talking about microbial friends and foes with 45 6th, 7th and 8th graders and their parents at Kids Go STEM!




February 2023

These awesome graduate students took time to share their experiences with undergraduates at the IINSPIRE/LSAMP regional meeting



November 2022

Undergraduate, graduate students, medical students, staff scientists, and faculty volunteering to teach 120 seventh graders about microbes in and around us at the Kirkwood Workplace Learning Event.

Summer 2022 REU Students presenting at ABCRMS (Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritzed Scientists)

2022 REU Student Micala Hammond won a Poster Presentation Award

2022 REU Student Ricardo Espinoza Hernandez presenting at ABCRMS


October 2022

Graduate Student Andrea Sanchez-Pena presenting at the national SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicano/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science) meeting in Puerto Rico

Undergraduates, graduate students, staff and faculty from Carver College of Medicine at the 2022 SACNAS meeting.


August 2022

July 2022


July 2022