Diversity & Multicultural Programs


Dr. Theressa Cooper

Assistant Dean for Diversity, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Diversity Website: http://www.diversity.cals.iastate.edu/


Elizabeth Martinez-Podolsky

Undergraduate Retention Specialist, Multicultural Liason Officer


Major Areas of Responsibility:

Coordinate, manage, and implement the CALS Diversity Programs for faculty, staff, and students in the college.

  • Direct and manage activities of the George Washington Carver Summer Internship program for high school and college students.
  • Implement and manage the Graduate Research Assistantship Match (GRAM) program for U.S. diversity graduate students enrolled in the college.
  • Connecting with minority serving institutions (1890, 1994, Hispanic Serving) nationwide with regards to research, extension, and teaching efforts and graduate recruiting.
  • Facilitate diversity and cultural competencies workshops for faculty, staff, and students
    •  Activities/ Workshops presented can be specialized to meet departmental needs
  • Lead and support grants and contracts to expand recruitment, innovative education, and retention of diversity within the graduate student program.
    • Broader impact statement and budget for the G.W. Carver Summer Research Internship program available


  • Serve as Co-Advisor for the MANRRS Chapter.
  • Serve as CALS Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) Advisor
  • Serve as a liaison with diversity programs across campus and central administration
  • Serve on the CALS Diversity Committee as an ex officio member



George Washington Carver Summer Research Internship program
Costs and Broader Impact Information


Undergraduate  intern cost  ~$5,200. It breaks down as follows:

$3,000 - Salary

$1,100 - Room

$600 - Board

$500 - Average transportation/airfare costs


High School intern cost  ~$3,100. It breaks down as follows:

$1,750 - Salary

$750 - Room

$600 – Board

High school students are responsible for their own transportation to and from ISU.

***note: If you are applying for a grant or any external funding source that allows additional expenses, email me and I will provide the necessary information specific to your grant. If your external funding source (other than a federal grant) allows for miscellaneous costs (i.e. activities, events), add an additional $500/intern.


This wording comes from the diversity website, so feel free to use as much or as little as needed;


The George Washington Carver Summer Research Internship Program has been impacting and engaging the minds of high school and undergraduate student program participants for over 25 years. The internship program promotes “science with practice” by exposing interns to research opportunities under the direction of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) research faculty members. The program seeks to improve the research enterprise through increased diversity; champion the value of graduate education; and prepare and recruit the best and brightest for undergraduate and graduate education at ISU.  The internship program further seeks to bridge the gap between lack of access to technology/information and opportunities to engage in experiential learning in an effort to increase the participation of students of color in STEM fields. In addition to their research experience, interns participate in weekly educational seminars, and social and cultural activities.

Projects/research activities vary based on the expertise of the faculty mentor to whom the intern is assigned.  Disciplines that commonly provide opportunities are; agricultural and biosystems engineering; agricultural education and studies; agronomy; animal science; biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology ecology, evolution and organismal biology; entomology; food science and human nutrition; genetics, development and cell biology; horticulture; natural resource ecology and management; plant pathology and microbiology; and sociology. Disciplines within the colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Veterinary Medicine have also been represented in the program. The George Washington Carver Summer Research Internship program is open to ALL students. Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran.