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UNI received more than $40 million in grants, awards for FY14

August 18, 2014

Christy Twait, associate provost, research and sponsored programs, 319-273-3217,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa and the UNI Foundation received a total of $40.8 million in sponsored grants, awards and funding for FY14.

"We take great pride in providing our undergraduate students learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom," said Christy Twait, assistant provost for research and sponsored programs. "Rather than working to learn, more students can work, earn and learn simultaneously while remaining on campus."

Some highlights from this funding include five National Science Foundation (NSF) awards. This is the most UNI has had at one time:

  • Ariel Aloe, assistant professor, educational psychology and foundations: Effects of SizeMeta - $136,225.
  • Rui He, assistant professor, physics: Acquire Closed Cycle Cryostat - $105,401
  • Andrey Petrov, associate professor, geography: RCN-SEES Arctic-FROST - $749,875         
  • Andrey Petrov, associate professor, geography: Congress/Arctic Social Science - $155,090
  • Andrew Stollenwerk, assistant professor, physics: RUI: Molecular Dichalcogenides - $74,014

"We are pleased that the caliber of our faculty member's research has been validated by the NSF," said Twait. "These awards will further our research, and in keeping with our strong undergraduate mission, will also provide hands-on, educational research opportunities for even more students to work alongside our faculty outside of the classroom."

Sponsored funding has contributed $1.8 million for student wages and student assistantships. Thirty-nine percent of UNI's sponsored funding focused on Iowa outreach (public service projects); 52 percent benefited academics and student aid. A total of  $13.9 million in sponsored funding benefited pre-K through 12 education.

For more information, contact Twait at 319-273-3217 or