From our Director

From our Director

Have you ever tried on a pair of shoes that just didn’t fit you?

Whether it was the size, the style or the manufacturer, you knew those shoes weren’t for you. But isn’t it true, too, that we often don’t know what will fit us until we try it?

Well, we’re encouraging our young people to find their fit – in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)! I’ve been talking with our young people about “trying on” majors – adding to their list of career options. And I want them to find out what fits – whether that’s through a job shadow, research project, laboratory experience at Iowa State or summer internship.

Science Bound recently held our annual Honors Banquet where we celebrated 36 high school students who completed the five-year Science Bound program, and nine college students who earned degrees from Iowa State University. DuPont Pioneer President Paul E. Schickler delivered the keynote address. We would love for your child(ren) to join us with the next round of Science Bound participation so we can help them reach this accomplishment as well!

Science Bound Saturday, the 8th grade “Nothing Less Than Success” Science Fair, and parent meetings remain a strong backbone of Science Bound. We feature a parents’ perspective on the Science Bound experience, as well as the voice of experience from a Science Bound alum and STEM professional, Dr. Charles E. Stewart.

Of course there will be more changes ahead as we celebrate our 25th year in Des Moines But you can be confident that one thing will not change: our passion to empower students to excel in STEM fields by collaborating with our most important partner – YOU.


Dr. Connie Hargrave

Director of Science Bound