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Success Stories

Natalia V. Rios Martinez Named 2022 Truman Scholar


Natalia V. Rios Martinez, a senior in political science, international studies, and public relations, was named a 2022 Truman Scholar. Natalia is the ninth scholar at Iowa State University and the first Hispanic woman to receive the scholarship at the institution. She is currently a research assistant at the Department of Sociology and a government contracting assistant at the Procurement Technical Assistant Center and is interning at the U.S. Department of Justice. Through the application process, Natalia worked closely with Kristin and Agata, Nationally Competitive Awards Writing Consultants in the CCE:

"One of the most useful things I gathered from this experience was that Agata took the time to explain the logic and the reasoning behind her suggestions. Kristin provided a new and different perspective, gave clear directions, and always looked out for my best interest. Their expertise helped me become a better writer, which is important to me as a non-native English speaker. Meeting with them made all the difference in my application, and for that, I am eternally grateful. Read More

Nethmi Gewage Selected as Goldwater Scholar 

Nethmi W. Hewage, an ISU junior majoring in chemistry and minoring in mathematics, received the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Nethmi conducts research in Dr. Kovnir's lab at ISU and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry or materials science to become a professor and conduct research to find alternative solutions for the world's energy crisis. In the application process, Nethmi met with Agata, a CCE Nationally Competitive Awards Writing Consultant. Read More

Tim Kochem Awarded Doctoral Dissertation Grant  

Tim Kochem, doctoral candidate in Applied Linguistics and Technology, was awarded a doctoral dissertation grant from The International Research Foundation for English Language Education. Tim received the award for his project "Second Language Teacher Cognition Development in an Online English Pronunciation Pedagogy Course: A Quasi-Experimental Study." To put together his grant proposal, Tim worked with his faculty mentor and major professor, Dr. John Levis, and with CCE Consultant Kristin Terrill. Read More