"I never went into physics or the astronaut corps to become a role model. But after my first flight, it became clear to me that I was one. And I began to understand the importance of that to people. Young girls need to see role models in whatever careers they may choose, just so they can picture themselves doing those jobs someday. You can't be what you can't see." - Sally Ride, U.S. Astronaut

About the Student Role Model Program

Student Role Models are current undergraduate STEM students at Iowa State University employed by The Program for Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE). Role models visit classrooms and other academic settings across Iowa to provide hands-on STEM activities for girls and boys. Role models encourage an interest in STEM fields and share their college and STEM experiences. 

Activity Database

Activities range from designing a protective bungee cord for an egg to extracting DNA from a banana. We have over 80 different activities for different subjects and age levels. 

Request a Role Model Visit

Visits are primarily scheduled during the Iowa State academic year; however, limited visits may be possible during breaks or summer months.  There is no fee for the requesting school or organization, but we do request that educators complete a short evaluation of their experience.  When requesting visits, it is important to note that our Student Role Model Program is dependent on undergraduate women who often have class early in the day. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Information

Mackenzie Sissel • Outreach Graduate Assistant • rolemodels@iastate.edu • 515-294-7165