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CALS graduation celebration

Watch the recorded livestream of the Spring 2021 CALS Graduation Celebration held May 8 at Jack Trice Stadium. Also view videos highlighting some of this spring's CALS graduating students.
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Hear from Spring 2021 Graduation Speaker, Lexie O'Brien

Lexie O'Brien, microbiology, is the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences spring 2021 graduation speaker. Listen as she encourages fellow graduates to celebrate the strengths gained from their diverse experiences as they head out into the world.


College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty and staff can contact the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Response Team to request assistance, report a problem, or share an idea of a creative, innovative approach to a recent challenge at CALSresponse@iastate.edu or 515-294-0705. Self-report a case of COVID-19 using this online form.

Alison Esser

Molding medical careers

Many of the students Alison Esser advises have goals of obtaining health-related careers — physicians, genetic counselors and biomedical scientists, to name a few. She guides students in selecting appropriate courses to help them achieve their career goals and connects them with Iowa State alumni who can provide insights into health careers.

Innovation in Action

Illustration showing various aquatic creatures and plants in a pond

Iowa's Nature Series

Each article in Iowa's Nature Series seeks to serve as a one-stop shop for introductory information on many dimensions of Iowa's biological and geological diversity. Illustrations for the publication were beautifully created by pre-medical illustration students at Iowa State. More than 35 authors hailing from all corners of Iowa contributed to the series.