Nominate someone for the first-generation achievement and advocacy awards
Nominate someone for the first-generation achievement and advocacy awards

First-Generation Task Force

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

On behalf of the UI First-Generation Task Force, I am pleased to announce that we are now accepting nominations for the 2023 1stGen@Iowa Awards. These awards recognize first-generation student achievements as well as outstanding advocacy and support efforts of faculty and staff. Recipients of this year’s awards will be honored in November during the annual National First-Generation College Celebration week festivities. 

FIRST-GENERATION STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: This annual award honors one first-generation undergraduate student and one graduate or professional first-generation college student who has pursued and met ambitious goals and/or made notable achievements while enrolled at the University of Iowa, demonstrated commitment to academic excellence, and created pathways for or inspired other first-generation students to also excel at the University of Iowa. 

AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING FIRST-GENERATION STUDENT ADVOCACY: This award honors one faculty member and one staff member or administrator who support first-generation students’ success and serve as an exemplary advocate for first-generation students at the University of Iowa. It is not required that nominees have identified as first-generation college students themselves. 

Nominations for 1stGen@Iowa Awards are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6. All current faculty, staff, and students are welcome to make nominations.

If you have questions regarding the nomination process or have problems with the submission of the online nomination form, please contact Angie Lamb, in Academic Support and Retention (

Please share this announcement with others in your area and help us recognize and celebrate our first-generation college students.  

Thank you,

Tanya Uden-HolmanAssociate Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of the University College