For the Undergraduate Program at Iowa State, there were 165 students on scholarship enrolled for the Fall of 2023. The incoming first-year cohort for the Fall of 2023 was record-setting, with 57 students coming onto campus. Many of our college scholars help at events across the four districts, as well as events on Iowa State campus.
As of May 2023, 290 Science Bound graduates have now earned degrees from Iowa State. More than 80% received degrees in ASTEM fields. This year’s graduates went on to such places as the USDA, Tesla, French-Reneker Associates, Inc., Keyot Consulting, John Deere, and DuPont Pioneer in Iowa; and graduate school at Iowa State University, Villanova University, and the University of Iowa.
Once Science Bound scholars come to Iowa State, they participate in multiple Science Bound events and programs, such as the first-year seminar and the second-year seminar. The first-year seminar focuses on time management, goal setting, effective presentations, and the development of study habits. It is primarily focused on creating a smoother transition for our students. Students have the opportunity to talk more about their personal identities and develop their STEM identity as well. Within the second-year seminar, the focus is on career opportunities and preparation for the future. Additionally, Science Bound hosts a first-year retreat and an all-scholar retreat every August to kick off the school year.