PHIL Student Success Grants

PHIL Student Success Grants

The University of Iowa Office of the President and the University of Iowa Center for Advancement Student Advancement Network have partnered to create the PHIL Student Success Grants, which will provide funding for a variety of activities for undergraduate and graduate students outside of the classroom, such as research, travel, and service projects. The Office of the President has generously allocated $5,000 per semester to help enhance the student experience at the University through these grants. Applications for the 2018 grants are now being accepted. Our goal is to allow students to pursue opportunities that might not otherwise be possible without funding.

Application Information

There are two funding cycles for this grant. Applications will open early fall for winter/spring projects and will open around the start of second semester for summer/fall applications.

PHIL Student Success Grant Recipients

 

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“I just graduated from medical school, and scholarship support definitely helped me achieve that. Donors also helped provide resources so I could travel to an important conference this spring to present my research. It was a meaningful experience that helped me connect with mentors in my field, and—even more important—become a better doctor. As soon as I can, I want to pay it forward, and help give those opportunities to someone who comes after me.”
Nicholas J. Thompson, M.D.
Class of 2016, UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

 

 

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“Wrestling in high school helped me develop a strong work ethic, strategic thinking, and leadership skills. I didn’t go on to compete as a Hawkeye wrestler when I came to Iowa, but I didn’t want to give up the physical practice, the competition, and the ongoing personal development that the sport offers—so I started the Iowa Wrestling Club my freshman year at the UI. We have a really diverse group at all levels of experience now, some participating just for fun and others wrestling competitively. Our PHIL Grant offset the cost of travel so that club members could compete at tournaments in Colorado and Florida this year, and that really enriched the experience we could offer.”
Elliott Smith
Class of 2017, UI Henry B. Tippie College of Business

 

 

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“My PHIL Grant enabled me to travel to Portland, Oregon, for an immersive experience serving the homeless people there. It not only deepened my sense of empathy for and connection with them, it also opened my eyes to how the system fails them. As I go on to pursue my master’s degree in social work, I’m focused on policy development and motivated by my firsthand experience with the real people whose lives are affected by those policies.”
Emma White
Class of 2016, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences School of Social Work

 

 

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“Our student organization, Moneythink, teaches low-income high-school students lessons in financial literacy—like smart spending, responsible use of credit, and budgeting. Our PHIL Grant helped us purchase and prepare personalized workbooks for our students—which they now can keep and refer to for information. It’s really rewarding to help equip them for a stable financial future, and we are learning along with them too.”
Taylor Palensky and Edgar Rodriguez
Class of 2017, UI Henry B. Tippie College of Business

 

 

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“My PHIL Grant funded my trip to City of Hope in California, where I got to work in the lab with an internationally prominent cancer researcher, testing UI-developed compounds for treating breast cancer through DNA repair. It was a remarkable learning experience for me. Even more important, I came back to my UI lab with results that will empower more breakthroughs. The grant made possible a collaboration that propelled research forward and will help us secure more funding for additional discovery—its impact is exponential. The DNA therapies we’re working on now could help heal countless patients in the future.”
Sarah Hengel
Graduate Research Assistant and Ph.D. candidate
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Biochemistry

 

 

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“As the executive director of the Bijou Film Board, I helped organize a new film conference in Iowa City. It’s a rare opportunity for film students to have up-close access to a successful filmmaker, ask him or her questions, and get a feel for what it’s like to work in the industry. We are bridging the gap between academic learning about film and actually working as a professional—and also to look at ways that professional storytellers can spark discussion, inspire others to action, promote understanding, and make the world a better place. The conference is open to the community at large, but our PHIL Grant will help subsidize the cost for UI students and make sure it’s accessible to them.”
Michael Davis
Graduate Teaching Assistant and Ph.D. candidate
School of Journalism and Mass Communication

 

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