Keynote Speech 

 Dr. Dawn Bratsch-Prince


Dawn Bratsch-Prince is Associate Provost for Faculty and professor of Spanish at Iowa State University. In this role, she provides leadership in recruiting, advancing, and retaining an excellent and diverse faculty. Among her responsibilities are promotion and tenure, faculty development, orientation and mentoring, honors and awards, department chair training, and leadership development. She leads development of policies and initiatives that further Iowa State University's strategic goal of nurturing a diversity of people, ideas, approaches, and cultures. Bratsch-Prince has oversight of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), the Office of Institutional Research, and the ISU ADVANCE Program. 

Bratsch-Prince’s research interests in medieval Iberian studies are broad. She has published two books as well as numerous articles on historical linguistics, medieval translation, women’s writings, the politics of marriage and motherhood, and canon formation. 

Bratsch-Prince is a native of Brooklyn, New York, and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Spanish from New York University. She holds a doctoral degree in Romance Philology from the University of California at Berkeley.


Panel Discussion 

How to Hack Multidisciplinary Research and Collaborations: ISU Case Studies

 Dr. Raj Raman

Dr. Raj Raman is Morrill Professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department at Iowa State University. 

Raman’s research has encompassed waste management, insect detection, and technoeconomic modelling of bioprocessing and waste-treatment systems. Raman has developed new graduate and undergraduate degree programs, and has taught courses across the curriculum, from first-year engineering problem solving & computing, to capstone design. Over 220 students have participated in summer research programs (e.g., NSF REU sites) that he has directed, with two of these sites associated with large (>$25M) transdisciplinary research efforts at ISU. 

Since 2017, Raman has worked closely with Dr. Ken Moore (Distinguished Professor of Agronomy) on a transdisciplinary project focused on perennial groundcover. In fall 2021, that effort received $10M in funding in the form of Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grant program from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.


 Dr. Hongwei Zhang

Dr. Hongwei Zhang is a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Iowa State University.

His research focuses on mission-critical wireless networks for real-time control, extended reality, and cyber-physical systems. He currently leads the ARA wireless living lab for smart and connected rural communities. He has also led/participated-in the development of connected vehicle open-innovation infrastructures, IoT network testbeds, and large-scale wireless sensor networks.

His work has been recognized by the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, Best Paper Award from the 2021 IEEE International Conference on Network Softwarization (NetSoft), and Best Demo Awards from the GENI Engineering Conferences.


 Dr. Arti Singh


Dr. Arti Singh is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agronomy at Iowa State University with more than 15 years of plant breeding experience. After obtaining her PhD degree from G.B. Pant University in India, she worked as a Post-doctoral fellow at the University of Saskatchewan and then at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada prior to joining Iowa State University.

She leads a green (Vigna radiata) and black gram (Vigna mungo) breeding program focused on developing new varieties for plant-based protein markets. Her research projects are geared towards harnessing genetic diversity for genetic gain, utilization of advanced data analytics particularly machine and deep learning for early disease and stress signatures, and genetic/genomic studies on abiotic and biotic stress resistance.


 Dr. Alicia Carriquiry 

Alicia Carriquiry is a Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a Professor of Statistics at Iowa State University. She researches applications of statistics in human nutrition, bioinformatics, forensic sciences and traffic safety, and has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in corresponding academic journals.

Dr. Carriquiry is the lead investigator for the CSAFE program, providing scientific oversight and research expertise. Along with Dr. Stern and Dr. Daniels, she was among the first to question the probative value of bullet lead analysis. A 2000 report to the FBI that suggested the probability of a coincidental match might not be negligible led to the establishment of a NAS committee to explore the issue. Carriquiry also served as a member of the NAS committee on ballistic imaging.




Breakout Sessions

 Professional Development - Karin Lawton-Dunn


Karin has been the Director of the ISU Graduate College Career Services Office since 2015 and has worked in higher education for 30+ years. Karin enjoys coaching graduate students and postdocs on the many facets of career planning. She has an extensive understanding of international students and the challenges they face in a career search. 

Karin is passionate about guiding graduate students and postdocs in the development of the many skills necessary to succeed in their future careers. kldunn@iastate.edu



 Immigration and Policies - Lori T. Chesser


Lori Chesser is a senior shareholder/attorney with and current Vice President of Dentons Davis Brown in Des Moines.  She has been practicing immigration law for 30 years. She leads a team of attorneys and staff who handle almost all aspects of immigration law. Dentons is a full service law firm that can assist in all aspects of the law on a global scale. She speaks frequently on immigration law topics and has led and been involved in many immigration-related groups, both in Iowa and nationally.  She currently serves on a national government liaison committee for the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

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Special Speakers

  Dr. William Graves

William R. Graves (Bill), professor in the Department of Horticulture, is serving as Dean of the Graduate College at Iowa State University. 

Graves earned a doctorate at Purdue University after earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Iowa State.  He was assistant professor at the University of Maryland before joining the Iowa State faculty in 1992, and he been a visiting scholar at the University of Delaware and Stanford University.  Graves has co-author a book and published over 100 scholarly papers.  His research centers on the reproductive biology, physiology, and ecology of rare plants.  He has served as major professor for numerous graduate students, directed two Iowa State graduate programs, and was elected to the university’s Graduate Council before his service in the Graduate College.

Raised near Chicago, Graves believes in the power of graduate education to open doors, build bridges, solve problems, and enrich the world.


 Chelsea lennarella-Servantez

Chelsea Iennarella-Servantez is the current president of GPSS. She is a concurrent DVM/PhD student at the College of Veterinary Medicine co-majoring in Biomedical Sciences (Cell Biology) and Animal Science (Animal Nutrition). She graduated from Iowa State with both her BS and MS in Animal Science (Animal Nutrition) in 2014 and 2017, respectively. Chelsea’s PhD research focuses on the pathophysiology of diet-induced gastrointestinal and systemic inflammation and associated changes at both the cellular and clinical level.

Chelsea served as a GPSS Senator for the College of Veterinary Medicine (Professional Curriculum) prior to starting her role as GPSS Senate Engagement Officer, and now President. In her free time, Chelsea enjoys hobbies including taekwondo, kayaking, painting, and bird-watching, in addition to spending time with her husband, Jeremy, and their two dogs, Dex and Virgil.

She can be reached at: gpsspresident@iastate.edu