Science Thursdays

Science Thursdays

Science Thursdays is a weekly event series featuring science activities, food trucks and live music. It is a community enhancement effort that celebrates scientific discovery and promotes cross-departmental networking. These events are open to the public and are held in an accessible space, 11am-1pm, in the courtyard between the Medical Education Research Facility (MERF), Eckstein Medical Research Building (EMRB), Bowen Science Building (BSB), and the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building (PBDB).

2019 Schedule:

April and October: Food trucks will be scheduled.  Science activities and musicians will be scheduled May-September. Seating will be provided if weather conditions allow. A list of food truck vendors can be found below. Musicians and food vendors interested in participating in Science Thursdays should contact Jennifer Stout for more information. 

Date: Musicians: Activities & Info Booths:
April 4 -- --
April 11 -- --
April 18 -- --
April 25 -- --
May 2 Justin Goodchild --
May 9 Brick Street Ramblers (canceled due to cold weather) --
May 16 Dusty Bottle --
May 23 Jarrett Purdy --
May 30 Winterland Activities fair (TBA)
June 6 Marc & Brandi Janssen --
June 13 Electric Koolaid Quartet --
June 20 Corridor Jazz Quintet --
June 27 Muckrockers Activities fair (TBA)
July 4 No Science Thursday - Have a great 4th of July!! --
July 11 Slewgrass --
July 18 Pennies on the Rail --
July 25 TBA Activities fair (TBA)
August 1 College Street Brass Band --
August 8 Peter Stoltz & Levi Pugh --
August 15 Terrapin Isle --
August 22 Sweet Cacophony --
August 29 The Recliners Activities fair (TBA)
September 5 Lojo Russo --
September 12 Justin Goodchild --
September 19 The Slow Draws --
September 26 Strange Brew Activities fair (TBA)
October 3 -- --
October 10 -- --
October 17 -- --
October 24 -- --
October 31 -- --

A schedule of activities will also be available on The Loop, Noon News, the UI Events Calendar and our Facebook page. UI groups interested in having an information booth at a Science Thursday event should email the Science Thursdays committee at

Food Truck Vendors*: 2019 List

Business Name: Cuisine: Menu: 
Amos Deans Catering Iowa roots Website
Caribbean Kitchen Caribbean Facebook
El Gringo Loco Mexican  
George's Gyros Greek  
Guild Wurst Tavern Brats and burgers Website
Island Vybz Jamaican Facebook
Keepin Up With The Jones's BBQ  
Kona Ice Snow Cones Website
La Reyna Mexican  
Local Burrito Burritos Facebook
Maestro Empanadas Argentinian Website
Maggie's Farm Wood-Fired Pizza Pizza Website
Marco's Grilled Cheese Grilled Cheese & Quesadilla Facebook
Molly's Cupcakes Sweets Facebook
Moy's Food From the Streets Mexican Website
Morning Glory CSA    
One More Bite Sandwiches  
O's Grill Gyros Facebook
Paco's Tacos Mexican  
Revel's Mobile Meatery Burgers, Sandwiches, Tacos  
Rodney's Jamaican Jerk & BBQ Jamaican  
Sno Biz Snow cones  
Street Hawk American food  
Tacos Don Diego Mexican Facebook
TC Bonez BBQ Smoked BBQ Website
The Box Lunch 50's Diner Facebook
Wildwood BBQ Smoked BBQ Facebook

*Comprehensive list. Not all vendors will be available every week.